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HX Taekwon-Do is a dedicated martial arts facility in Harolds Cross, Dublin. We are members of the Irish National Taekwon-Do association, and the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
Classes in the traditional martial art and dynamic combat sport are available every weekday, for both adults and children.

Martial Arts in South Dublin, Taekwondo

Finally!

{jcomments on}Had our first, unofficial, training session on Thursday. This was the first use of the gym as a gym, and not as a building site.

This was taken just before we started, obviously we took the plastic off the bags and cleared the floor, which was a bit like opening presents on Christmas morning, kinda.

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Also I had a temporary sign made up so people might find out what we are doing here, and we might actually get a few students that we haven't bribed into showing up. Right now I'm calling it a temporary sign, but deep down inside I know that once it is up on the wall it won't be coming back down unless it melts or explodes or something.

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In other news; following a long negotiations we have a provisional timetable worked out:

We will have children's classes every weekday at 5pm.

Adults classes will be separated into four categories:

  1. Technical and Self-Defense
  2. Sport TKD
  3. Extreme TKD (Train like a pro!)
  4. Fighting Fit (Fitness and padwork only, no traditional martial art, no sparring, lots of fun)

And will run every weekday at 7pm and 8pm,
There will be three Fighting Fit classes a week, three sport TKD classes, two technical and one or two Extreme TKD sessions.

Also there will be at least one hour 'Open mat' period every evening, sometime between 6pm and 8pm.

The final revision should be in print (and on the web) by the end of the week and classes will start in earnest the week after that.

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On yer bike

{jcomments on}This shiny new spin bike mysteriously appeared in the gym the other day.

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It would seem that my silent partner is living up to his title, and working on some serious ninja-type skills while he's at it.

So we have our first piece of gym-equipment, not counting the punchbags and shields and stuff.

Exciting times now, we will be open for business from next week. There will be some work on the place still outstanding, but it will be open-able and the sooner we start the better. Also I really need a place to train myself, I'm starting to feel the ring-rust.

The first few classes will probably just be a few friends and the summer training for D.I.T. Taekwon-Do students, since we haven't sorted out advertising or even signage yet.

heavy bags

{jcomments on}The bags finally arrived about the second week of March, after a brief spell in container limbo.

This is them on arrival, and pretty much where hey have been laying ever since:
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Lovely sight, aren't they?

I hung one of them up today using a 8mm steel chain, which is a shade on the overkill side, but big chains look great so there you go.

The chain is slung over a 12mm steel bolt which is going through a roof joist, so the whole thing is probably the most solid and secure part of the whole building. And that's including the floor.

The bags seemed a little light when they arrived and I was worried that they might not be solid enough to take a good bang without flying away, but the hung bag tells a very different story. It's a little narrower than many other bags that I've used, so straight shots need to be that little bit more accurate to avoid sliding off, which is no bad thing in tkd training. Most importantly it feels very solid, and is not too easy to move. This might well be a result of being very new, as a few years of use will soften up any bag, and the fact that the bags are five feet high (or five feet low, as the top of the bag will be hung at the same height as a four foot), so they have a lower centre of gravity than shorter bags. Or something.