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    An official school of International Taekwon-Do (NZ)
  • About

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  • our principles

    Tenets of taekwon-Do
    • Courtesy   



      Ye Ui / 예의

      You will encounter the application of this first tenet from your earliest class. The first thing that every student is taught is how to bow. The importance of bowing respectfully to your instructors and fellow students cannot be stressed enough. This conveys a sense of mutual respect and also recognition of seniority. You should show respect to your Dojang by bowing when you enter and exit the training area. Should you ever need to be excused from a class you show courtesy by asking your instructor for permission. This is not only good manners, but from a safety point of view, your instructor needs to know where all the students are.

    • Integrity


      Yom Chi / 염치

      At the heart of integrity is you just being an honest person in your dealings with others but also in your relationship with yourself. It means that when you start a task you can be relied upon to do what is required. You will have the stamina to see the task through to the end, regardless of its outcome. You should know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. You should have the courage to admit your mistakes and not let others take the blame when it is you who is at fault.





    • Perseverance



      In Nae / 인내

      Giving up is easy. Whether the challenge is learning a new technique, going to your first tournament or practising what you find difficult, your first thoughts may be to give in and not try. If you meet your challenges head on and persevere until they are overcome your feelings of success will be all the greater, knowing how much effort has gone into reaching your goals. It is only through strength of mind and persistence that you will achieve anything in Taekwon-Do.

    • Self-Control


      Guk Gi / 극기

      It is most important to display self-control because you are acquiring skills that can turn your hands and feet into lethal weapons. You should have the moral and mental control to know that there is a correct time and place to implement the techniques that you have learnt. This ensures that there are no accidents or injuries during training. During competition, your emotions should be kept in check. You must not let anger or aggression cloud your judgement. This loss of self-control can be disastrous for you and your opponent. Learning strong self-control in Taekwon-Do is a gift that can be utilised in all aspects of your life – family, work, business, other sports.

    • Indomitable Spirit


      Baekjul Boolgool / 백절불굴

      This is often interpreted as having a fighting spirit. Standing up for what you believe in, mental toughness to not back down when you know something is right. Confronting your problems head-on and with a strong spirit. Without indomitable spirit, your Taekwon-Do exists purely on a physical plane. i.e. Your brain is telling your leg to move a certain way to make a certain kick, but without the spirit behind it, the kick is incomplete!

    The Student Oath

    • I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.

      All students must swear to carefully observe, acknowledge and live by each one of the Taekwon-Do tenets.


    • I shall respect the instructor and seniors.

      A student vows to respect their instructors and those senior to them (both in age and rank). An instructor must also act respectfully to all students and persons in order to be respected and therefore not misusing Taekwon-Do.


    • I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.

      One will never misuse Taekwon-Do to harm other, for their own personal gain or for any other manner that is unjust (this one is particularly important in any martial art, not just Taekwon-Do, as a trained martial artist could easily kill a person in unarmed close combat).


    • I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

      The 4th line, “I shall be a champion of freedom and justice” can apply to many areas of life and although many may think one would have to do something amazing to achieve this, this part of the oath can be respected by even the littlest things in one’s daily activity. If one becomes more open-minded to understanding others ideologies or the way others go about their lives instead of being quick to judge, then maybe the world would be a more understanding and accepting place. Thus allowing people to have the freedom they deserve. By accepting this belief one is bringing justice to this world and therefore being a champion of justice. As we often see, conflicts can occur over common misconceptions of information. One must understand the full story and have all the facts before he can truly make a proper judgement.


    • I shall build a more peaceful world.

      The final line of the oath is “I shall build a more peaceful world”. One can also easily obtain this goal by going about their daily lives in a more peaceful manner. If everyone did this, the world would obviously become a more peaceful place. As we often see, conflicts can occur over common misconceptions of information. One must understand the full story and have all the facts before he can truly make a proper judgement. However, this does not mean a student cannot defend themselves against aggression directed towards themselves as that would defeat some of the purpose of Taekwondo, an art of unarmed self-defence. That does not mean though however a student can provoke aggression towards another individual, as that would breaking the oath. As we often see, conflicts can occur over common misconceptions of information. One must understand the full story and have all the facts before he can truly make a proper judgement.

  • training

    Group training
    All Dragon’s Spirit training sessions begin with the whole class enjoying group warm-up activities, dynamic stretching and preparation exercises for later technical training.

    Smaller groups are then led by qualified Black Belt Instructors that teach their students the required syllabus for their particular grade or belt.

    Instructors are rotated on a 4 monthly rotation so students experience different teaching styles and gain the benefit from the huge raft of knowledge contained within the Black Belt Team

    Training received includes the following:

    Tabata
    The physical fitness, health, well-being and core strength of our students is very important to us at Dragon’s Spirit Taekwon-Do.

    We utilise during each training session a type of high intensity training or high intensity interval training called “Tabata”. Tabata is named after Izumi Tabata, a Japanese scientist of physiology.

    He showed that high intensity interval training significantly benefited both the aerobic and anaerobic systems of the body. This dual benefit is extremely important to us in Taekwon-Do and the martial arts.

    Instead of hours upon hours of exercise, Tabata can be completed in a very short time and is utilised as a key fitness activity at Dragon’s Spirit. A typical Tabata at club looks like this:

    children training
    Dragon’s Spirit Taekwon-Do currently accepts students from 10 years and up.

    Children are integrated into the normal class where they learn confidence and perseverance alongside the older students.

    They are mentored closely and safety is always paramount. All Dragon’s Spirit Instructors are NZ Police vetted and are excellent role models in all regards to the younger students.

    The club is very family orientated and all members are treated as family regardless of age, sex, race or ability.

  • our instructors

    Kane Raukura
    Head Instructor and
    6th degree black belt

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    Brendan Doogan
    Assistant Instructor and
    4th degree black belt

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    Afi Meleisea
    Assistant Instructor,
    Club manager and
    2nd degree black belt

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    Don Leong
    Assistant Instructor and
    2nd degree black belt

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  • Class Schedule

  • stay in touch

    Dragons Spirit Dojang
    Papatoetoe High School Gymnasium
    Papatoetoe High School
    Carlie Street (Side Gate)
    Papatoetoe
    Auckland

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