Development Pathways

UPDATE - April 2021 - The phased restart of classes means that the pathway classes will restart later in the year

Following the structure of many other sports, we use the model of ‘Core’, ‘Development’, and ‘High PerformancePathways. All members are welcome in the CORE classes (and new starters should start in the CORE classes) and these should be your main focus for testing and moving through the belt system. However, to progress your interest in Taekwondo you can try some of our structured pathway classes.

Members of Dorset Taekwondo are encouraged to try one or more of the Development Pathways after they have been training in the CORE classes for approximately 9-12 months.

  • CORE’  classes cover all aspects of Taekwondo and are suitable for all grades from beginner to Master who want to enjoy fun structured lessons and work through the Belt system.
  • DEVELOPMENT’ classes are specialist classes with particular themes working towards goals i.e. competitions & demonstrations.


The Pathway Classes are Split into 3 Specialisms


Sport Development Pathway

This Pathway is for those wishing to learn how to improve their Olympic Rules Competition Sparring. Many of the Participants train towards competition, but those just wanting to improve their sparring are welcome to attend.

Patterns / Poomsae Development Pathway

These classes focus on Improving Patterns / Poomsae. Many of the club members compete in Poomsae Competition and since 2018 we have had members in the GB Squad competing Nationally and Internationally. All are welcome to attend, even if you are just looking to improve for your next grading. The class involves practicing the high level (Black Belt) Poomsae, and some of the dynamic fun elements involved in Freestyle Poomsae. 

Demo Development Pathway

These classes involve putting together demonstrations to be performed (to promote Taekwondo and the club) at events such as Bournemouth Fireworks, Littledown Family Festival and various other large public events. The training is a little more informal and fun, and includes aspect of Gymnastics and Parkour to excite and thrill onlookers.  Flying kick, Spinning kicks, board breaking, Choreographed fight sequences are  practiced in these classes.