Come and try - first session free.

Absolute beginners to black belts; age 4 years and above.

Learn self defence skills - gain fitness and flexibility.

Increased self confidence, improved health, balance and coordination.

Sense of belonging to a club.

Sparring, blocks, kicks and forms, with the latest Dojo equipment and technology.

About BJ Academy

The academy is run by Grandmaster Brima Johnson

Grandmaster Johnson has taught Taekwondo for over thirty years in various venues and schools.
We pride ourselves on teaching Taekwondo with children’s safety very much in mind. The aim of the training is to enable the students to improve themselves both physically and mentally. There are so many benefits from practicing Taekwondo, the children also develop good social skills, respect, obedience and good manners.

More about BJ Academy

About Taekwondo
  • Gallery

    Come inside and take a look at our club facilities and see our students training and competing in tournaments.

  • Testimonials

    See what our students and parents say about our club.

  • Grants awarded

    Read about the various grants we've been awarded recently - these allow us to provide the most up-to-date electronic scoring equipment and ensure that all our students have the opportunity to train to the highest standards.

  • FAQ

    Have any questions? Check out ourFAQ or contact us directly here.

  • Safeguarding Policy

More about Taekwondo

About Taekwondo
  • Taekwondo

    The name "Taekwondo" literally means the way of foot and fist. "Tae" means to break or attack with the foot, while "Kwon" means to break or strike with the fist and "Do" translates as "the way of" or "the art of".

    Taekwondo encourages speed and flexibility, and although it is sometimes referred to as "Korean karate" it puts more emphasis on dynamic jumping and spinning kicks than other Oriental martial arts.

    WTF Taekwondo has been an official Olympic sport since the 2000 Sydney Games. Current events on the Olympic programme include four weight classes each for men and women.

  • Poomsae (Forms)
  • Terminology

    Learn some of the Korean words and phrases we use in the Dojang.

  • History

    Read about the history of Taekwondo, a modern martial art based on ancient traditions.

Why Choose Us?

Our non-profit academy has been established in Abbots Langley for over 20 years

The academy is run by 8th Dan Grandmaster Brima Johnson, who has taught the Olympic sport of Taekwondo for more than thirty years.

About Taekwondo

About Taekwondo

About Taekwondo
  • Come and try, first session free

  • Absolute beginners to black belts

  • Ages 4 years and above

  • Better health

  • Self defence skills

  • Fitness & flexibility

  • Increased self confidence

  • Improved balance and coordination

  • Sparring, blocks, patterns and kicks

  • Sense of belonging to a club and team

  • Latest Dojo equipment & technology

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Students and parents talk about the club.

Once you've trained at the BJ Academy nothing else comes close!


Information about some of our fundraising activities.

These grants help us to provide the most up-to-date electronic scoring equipment and facilities

Safeguarding Policy


Answers to some of the questions we often get asked

Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced martial artist, we have answers for you here...

Poomsae (forms or patterns).

"The essence of Taekwondo cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted or heard. It can only be experienced".

A DVD of Grandmaster Johnson demonstrating the colour belt forms (Taegeuk 1-8 and Pyung Ahn 1-8) is available from the Club for £10.

Black Belt Forms.

Poomse Koryo

Poomse Koryo symbolizes seonbae which means a learned man, who is characterized by a strong martial spirit as well as a righteous spirit. The choonbi-sugi (ready stance) is tongmilgi which promotes concentration by placing the hands between the upper and lower abdomen, the center of ki in the body. The movement line of Koryo represents the Chinese character for seonbae or seonbi, which means a learned man or a man of virtue in Korean.

Poomse Keumgang

Keumgang, meaning diamond, is symbolized by hardness. Mount Keumgang, which is regarded as the center of the national spirit and the origin of Keumgang Yoksa (warrior named by Buddha) who represents the mightiest warrior, is the spiritual foundation of this form. The line of movements symbolizes the Chinese character for mountain. The movements of the poomse should be performed powerfully and with good balance to demonstrate the dignity of the Keumgang spirit.

Poomse Taebaek

Taebaek (bright mountain) is the name given to Mt. Paektu, the mountain from which Tangun, the founder of the Korean people, ruled the country. Taebaek symbolizes the sacred and humanitarian ruling spirit of Tangun. The line of movements symbolizes the Chinese character for a word meaning the bridge between heaven and Earth.

Poomse Pyongwon

Pyongwon means a plain or a vast field of land. It is the source of life for all creatures and place from which all creatures gain sustenance. Pyongwon is based on the idea of peace and struggle resulted from the principles of origin and use. The Choon-bi sogi requires a concentration of force in the lower abdomen, the source of all strength, much like the land is the source of strength for all life. The line of movements symbolizes the origin and transformation of the plain.

Poomse Sipjin

The word sipjin is derived from the principle of longevity which maintains there are ten creatures of long life: sun, moon, mountain, water, stone, pine tree, herb of eternal youth, turtle, deer and crane. This poomse symbolizes the longevity humans derive from these everlasting elements of nature. The line of movements is the Chinese character for ten, symbolizing the ten creatures of long life and the infinity of the decimal system.

Poomse Jitae

Jitae means a man standing on the Earth looking at the sky. A man on the Earth represents the struggle of humanity. The line of movement symbolizes a man standing on the Earth preparing to spring up toward the heaven.

Poomse Cheon Kwon

Cheon Kwon means Heavens Greatness or the origin of all being. Its infinite nature signifies change, creation and completion. The movements are characterized by circular arm movements, symbolizing the greatness and inclusiveness of the Cheon Kwon concept. The line of movements symbolizes a man descending to Earth from the heavens, being empowered by the heavens and attaining oneness between the Earthly world (body) and the heavenly world (mind).

Poomse Han Soo

Han Soo means water which is the source of sustenance and growth for all life. Han Soo symbolizes the birth of a life, growth, strength, weakness, harmony, magnanimity, and adaptability through life. The nature of water, characterized by unbreakability and flexibility, is the basis for this poomse. The line of movements symbolizes the Chinese character for water.

Poomse Ilyeo

Ilyeo symbolizes the thoughts of the great monk Wonhyo of the Silla Dynasty. It teaches that a point, a line or a circle ends up at one. Poomse Ilyeo represents the harmonization of body and spirit, which is the culmination of martial arts practice. The line of movements symbolizes the Buddhist mark which means a state of perfect selflessness where origin, substance and service come into congruity.

WTF Poomsae Ilyeo.

Dr. Grandmaster Lee Kyu-hyung is a 9th dan grandmaster of WTF-style Taekwondo and was the former president of the Kukkiwon. Lee was born in 1948. He holds a Ph.D. in physical education from Keimyoung University granted in August 2002.

2013-2014 - President of Kukkiwon

1973-2005 - head of the Korean National Taekwondo Demonstration Team

1988 - Head of the Olympic Taekwondo Demonstration Team

1988 - Korean team manager for the first World Taekwondo Poomsae competition

He is a former head of the Korean National Children’s Taekwondo Demo Team, head of the Korean National Taekwondo Demo Team, and professor of Taekwondo studies at the Kyemyeng University.

Terminology / Korean commands.

In Taekwondo, as in Tang Soo Do, commands and terminology used with students are often given in Korean.

  • English

    English equivalent of Korean word or phrase.

  • Romanization

    The Revised Romanization of Korean is the updated official Korean language romanization system introduced in South Korea in 2000..

  • Hangul

    Hangul has been used to write the Korean language since the 15th century. Hangul is occasionally augmented by Chinese characters called Hanja.

  • Hanja

    Hanja is the Korean name for Chinese characters (hanzi). More specifically, it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation.

  • Commands
  • Ready
  • Begin
  • Stop
  • Resume / Continue
  • Return
  • Relax / At ease!
  • Turn around
  • Yell
  • Look/focus
  • By the count
  • Without count
  • Switch feet
  • Hand Techniques
  • Hand techniques
  • Attack / strike / hit
  • Strike [alternative]
  • Block
  • Punch / hit
  • Middle punch
  • Back fist
  • Knife hand (edge)
  • To pierce / spear
  • Spear hand
  • Ridge hand
  • Hammer fist
  • Pliers hand
  • Palm heel
  • Elbow
  • Gooseneck
  • Side punch
  • Mountain block
  • One finger fist
  • 1 finger spear hand
  • 2 finger spear hand
  • Double back fist
  • Double hammer fist
  • Commands
  • Junbi
  • Sijag
  • Geuman
  • Gyesog
  • Balo
  • Swieo
  • Dwilo dol-a
  • Gihab
  • Siseon
  • Guryeong-e majchwoseo
  • Guryeong eobs-i
  • Bal bakkwo
  • Hand Techniques
  • Su gi
  • Gong-gyeog
  • Chigi
  • Maggi
  • Gwon
  • Jung gwon
  • Gab gwon
  • Gwan
  • Gwan
  • Gwan su
  • Yeog su do
  • Gweon do
  • Jibge son
  • Jang gwan
  • Palkkum
  • Sonmog deung
  • Hoengjin gong gyeog
  • San maggi
  • il ji gwon
  • il ji gwan su
  • i ji gwan su
  • Jang gab gwon
  • Jang gwon do
  • Commands
  • 준비
  • 시작
  • 그만
  • 계속
  • 바로
  • 쉬어
  • 뒤로돌아
  • 기합
  • 시선
  • 구령에맞춰서
  • 구령 없이
  • 발 바꿔
  • Hand Techniques
  • 수 기
  • 공격
  • 치기
  • 막기
  • 중 권
  • 갑 권
  • 수도
  • 관 수
  • 역 수도
  • 권도
  • 집게 손
  • 장관
  • 팔꿈
  • 손목 등
  • 횡진 공격
  • 산 막기
  • 일 지 권
  • 일 지관 수
  • 이지관수
  • 장갑권
  • 장 권도
  • Commands
  • 準備
  • 始作
  • .
  • 繼續
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • 氣合
  • 視線
  • 口令
  • 口令
  • .
  • Hand Techniques
  • 手技
  • 攻擊
  • .
  • .
  • 中拳
  • 甲拳 / 角拳
  • 手刀
  • 貫手
  • 逆手刀
  • 拳刀 / 拳槌
  • .
  • 掌貫
  • .
  • .
  • 橫進
  • 一指拳
  • 一指貫手
  • 二指貫手
  • 長甲拳
  • 長拳刀

Original Tang Soo Do commands are based on Sino-Korean words and Korean transliteration of Japanese karate terminology. As Taekwondo became centrally governed, from 1955 and with the formation of the World Taekwondo Federation in 1973, the terminology was revised to favour Korean.

Training Venues

Interested in training with us?

Here's a complete list of all our classes.

Day Level Time Venue
Tuesday Juniors 6.30 - 7.30pm 184 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3RD
Tuesday Seniors 8 - 9pm 184 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3RD
Wednesday All Levels 7.30 - 8.30pm Abbots Langley Community Centre, Manor House Grounds, High Street, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AP
Friday Juniors 6.15 - 8.15pm Islip Manor Youth & Community Centre, Arnold Road, Northolt UB5 5TB
Friday Seniors 8.15 - 9.15pm Islip Manor Youth & Community Centre, Arnold Road, Northolt UB5 5TB
Saturday Tots 10 - 10.30am Abbots Langley Community Centre, Manor House Grounds, High Street, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AP
Saturday Juniors 10 - 11am Abbots Langley Community Centre, Manor House Grounds, High Street, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AP
Saturday Seniors 11am - 1pm Abbots Langley Community Centre, Manor House Grounds, High Street, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AP
Sunday All Levels 10 - 11am Abbots Langley Community Centre, Manor House Grounds, High Street, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AP

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The home of BJ Academy is the Abbots Langley Community Centre, where the High Street meets Gallows Hill Lane, on the edge of the Manor House Grounds playing fields. Free car parking right outside!

We also run classes in St Lawrence's Church Hall, Abbotts Langley and in Hackney and Northolt. All venues are shown below - click on the pins to see more detail...

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