Taekkyon training is divided into three stages and categories. A beginner will start at stage one and over time progress through to stage three.
1. Single training – to learn and practice the fundamentals of Taekkyon by oneself.
2. Partner training – to practice techniques which will later be used in sparring and fighting.
3. Sparring – to put into practice what one has learnt. And to become comfortable using these techniques against an opponent.
Sparring in the gymnasium and competition matches, are divided into two categories. One category is wrestling, where kicks are not used. The other category is where wrestling and kicking are used together.
In higher level Taekkyon, punches and strikes are added during sparring and fighting.
Taekkyon is an old and traditional martial art of Korea.
In 2011, Taekkyon was dedignated by Unesco to be unique intangible culutral heritage. It was the first martial art in the world to be designated as such.