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Frequently Asked Questions


What Is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a martial art which is also practised as a sport. As a sport, for safety reasons, certain aspects of Taekwondo are excluded by the rules governing the sport’s contest. As a martial art, nothing is excluded from its devastating arsenal. There is, however, an expectation that the practitioner will adhere to a strict moral code of conduct (see taekwondo’s five tenets) which forms the foundation of the art.

What is a martial art?

A martial art is a military skill developed for the purpose of warfare or hostile occupation. Taekwondo is a form of unarmed combat that falls within this category.

Is Taekwondo safe for school-aged kids?

Master Wyllie was the first Taekwondo Master in Australia to introduce modified rules for tournaments so school-aged children could enjoy Taekwondo, a sport which boasts one of the highest safety records in the world. To make it even safer, he prohibited any hits or kicks to the head and allowed only techniques which hit the heavily padded chest guard.

Furthermore, with 17 years of experience as a teacher with NSW DET, Master Wyllie’s approach to Taekwondo is characterised by his commitment to children and his vast teaching experience. Teaching children is a very difficult task for any instructor to master, most of whom decline the challenge. For Master Wyllie it is an art form in which he has no peer.

Does Wyllie’s Self-Defence Academy run classes for adults?

Yes. Many adults come to learn Taekwondo from Master Wyllie. Many parents participate in family classes on Saturdays.

When are the classes?

Our class schedule can be found here.

What Relevance Does Taekwondo Have in Modern Day?

While most people today do not walk around openly carrying weapons, this system of unarmed combat is still extremely relevant. As well as all the health and wellness:
Self-Defence. Taekwondo is a formidable system for self protection.
Sport. Allows students to stay fit, compete and keep self-defence skills alive and practice them in a safe setting.
Art. When Taekwondo techniques are performed with one’s own unique sense of style and expression, a huge amount of self-satisfaction, happiness and flow is experienced.

What Makes Taekwondo Different to Other Martial Arts?

Attack. Unlike most martial arts Taekwondo is not limited to a system of self defence. Taekwondo includes aggressive techniques because sometimes the best form of defence is attack.

Long Distance Combat. Taekwondo is recognised as the only long distance unarmed martial art because the techniques and strategies of Taekwondo exponents commence from a long distance away from their opponent’s reach.
Multi dimensional defence system. Instead of just one block, Taekwondo has a significant edge over other martial arts with a range of modern developments that include new movements and directional options that replace the simple block.

What Can I Expect From The Wyllie System of Taekwondo?

The Wyllie system can be divided into six major areas of learning, some of which are only undertaken by students who have reached the black belt level. They include:

1. Competition
2. Self-Defence (unarmed)
3. Form practice
4. Power delivery and destructions
5. Disarming armed opponents and weapons training
6. Takedowns and grappling

How Do I Turn Taekwondo Into Art?

Any one of the six Wyllie areas of learning may become an area of specialisation and performed in a demonstration of Taekwondo. Performing is an integral part of any art. Taekwondo is no exception. Performing facilitates refinement of technique which the student demonstrates during Grading Examinations.

How many belts are there?

See the table for belt colours, grades and the time you can expect to take to make your way from white, yellow, green, blue, red and black.

How Does a Student Move Up Through the Belts in Taekwondo?

The student can progress to higher belts in Taekwondo through the Grading Examination process. It is the backbone of Taekwondo because it trains the student to develop calm and rational thought processes and make effective strategic decisions in split seconds when under pressure.

Through this simple and safe method of progression, a student learns how NOT to be ruled by fear, shock and panic. The ability to work outside a comfort zone is a valuable life skill. It is cultivated through the grading examination system of Taekwondo.

Why is the belt system of promotion significant?

The Grading Examination system sets out clear objective criteria which need to be met for each belt promotion.

Competition, on the other hand, distinguishes only one winner from a random group. It is not a comprehensive test of skills, and furthermore, not all students choose to compete in the formal sporting arena.

The Grading Examination is indispensable because it:
1/ recognises specific abilities
2/ provides tangible and positive reinforcement for goal achievement

How Often are Examination Gradings?

The student’s journey towards a black belt consists of 10 grading examinations. These are held every three months.

Do all students “spar” in a formal arena?

Formal sparring competitions in Taekwondo are open to black belt students only. The Wyllie academy pioneered and conducts modified rules competitions for school children because they are very safe and a lot of fun. They also serve to ease students into the black belt tournaments should they desire to pursue an Olympic career.

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What Can I Expect To Do When I Get My Black Belt?

The Wyllie system of Taekwondo is designed so that practitioners can achieve the below list of abilities as a realistic expectation by the time they reach the dan grade levels:

produce superhuman power on demand
apply it with precision
from a position of balance
with lightning speed

Maintenance, refinement and extension to include more techniques, requires constant practice.