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Welcome to the website of Sunrise Gurkha Taekwondo

Sunrise Gurkha Taekwondo is founded in 2009 by Master Navaraj Ghale to promote self-defence, discipline, fitness and healthy lifestyle as well as to establish a cross cultural understanding in our community through the promotion of Taekwondo.

Sunrise Gurkha Taekwondo is affiliated to the British Taekwondo (BT), the national Governing body for World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), in the United Kingdom. All the Instructors hold a valid BT Licence and undergo DBS check.


The instructors of Sunrise Gurkha Taekwondo (SGTKD) hold World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) certificates and are Hapkido trained. The instructors are well versed in the practice of martial arts and have years of experience. Most are retired Gurkha soldiers who served in the British Army in the Brigade of Gurkhas for over 15 years and have attained Exemplary service records upon retirement.

  • Master Budhi Gurung

Master Budhi Gurung, is a BT registered instructor. He was a Club Instructor of Hong Kong Nepalese Taekwondo Association (HKNTA) from 2001 to 2005 and moved to the UK in 2005. He regularly practices martial arts to maintain his skills and fitness and also teaches Taekwondo.

Medals awarded:

• 2001: Silver medallist (sparring), in China.

• 2003: Bronze medallist in Hong Kong Taekwondo Association (HKTA) Poomsae Championship.

• 2004: Bronze medallist in Hong Kong Taekwondo Association (HKTA) Poomsae Championship.

• 2005: Silver medallist in Hong Kong Nepalese Taekwondo Association (HKNTA) Black Belt Poomsae Competition

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo, as a sport, has over 60 million practitioners in 184 countries. It originated from South Korea where the World Governing Body, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), is currently based.

The modern form of Taekwondo was not agreed until 1955, but the sport has its roots in various Korean forms of martial arts stretching back more than 2,000 years.

The name Taekwondo literally translates as the way of the foot and the fist - Tae means to break or attack with the foot, kwon means to break with the fist and do translates as the art or way.

The WTF was established at an inaugural meeting in Kukkiwon on May 28, 1973 with 35 representatives from around the world. Dr Un Yong KIM was then elected President for a four-year term and remained president until June 11, 2004. He was than succeeded by Dr. Choue Chung-Won.

  • Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Headquarters in Seoul South Korea.

    British Taekwondo

    British Taekwondo was established in 1982 and is the Governing Body for World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Taekwondo in the United Kingdom. British Taekwondo is a member of the WTF, British Olympic Association (BOA) and the European Taekwondo (ETU). It is recognised by the UK Sport, the Government agency for High Performance Sport and Sport England, as the National Governing Body for WTF Taekwondo in the United Kingdom.

    British Taekwondo is responsible for all aspects of WTF/Olympic style taekwondo in the UK. This includes everything that is encompassed and practised through the Martial Art of Taekwondo, as well as selecting Great Britain National Teams to compete at the European and World Championships, and of course the Olympic Games.


  • TAE: means “Foot” or “Strike with foot”
  • KW-ON: means “Hand” or “Strike with hand"
  • DO: means "Discipline","Art of the Way"

  • THE FIVE TENETS OF TAE KWON DO (The 5 Codes of Conduct)


    Today, the original Five Codes of Human Conduct have been correlated into the so-called Eleven Commandments of modern day Taekwondo, which are:

    • -Loyalty to your country
    • -Respect your parents
    • -Faithfulness to your spouse
    • -Loyalty to your friends
    • -Respect your brothers and sisters
    • -Respect your elders
    • -Respect your teachers
    • -Never take life unjustly
    • -Indomitable spirit
    • -Loyalty to your school (2)
    • -Finish what you begin

    Important Taekwondo Words & Commands

      Attention Cha-ryeot ("Chari-yut")
      Bow Kyeong-rye
      Ready Joon-bi
      Begin Shijak
      Stance Seogi
      Punching Jireugi
      Kicking Chaki
      Defense/Block Makki
      Sparring Kyorugi
      Pattern Poomsae
      Break Kal-yeo
      Continue Keu-Sok
      Suspend Ky-shi
      Taekwondo School Dojang

    Korean Names for Taekwondo Kicks

    Front Kick Ap-Chagi("Ap-Cha-gee")
    Side Kick Yeop-Chagi ("Yup-cha-gee")
    Roundhouse Kick Dollyo-Chagi ("Dole-ya-cha-gee")
    Back Kick Dwi-Chagi ("D-we-cha-gee")
    Hook Kick Huryeo Chagi
    Spinning Hook Kick Dwi Huryeo Chagi
    Push Kick Chagi
    Axe Kick Naeryeo Chagi
    Crescent Kick Bandal Chagi

    Taekwondo Numbers - When stretching or practicing Taekwondo, you will need to know how to count in Korean.

    One Hana ("Ha-na")
    Two Dul ("Dhool")
    Three Set("set")
    Four Net("Net")
    Five Dasot("Da-sut")
    Six Yasot("Yo-sut")
    Seven Ilgup ("Eel-gope")
    Eight Yodol ("Yo-dull")
    Nine Ahop("Ah-hope")
    Ten Yeol("Yull")

    For 11 through 19, add the Korean word for 10 in front of the last number. For example, eleven is Yeol Hana ("Yull Ha-na") - the Korean words for 10 and 1.

    Eleven Yeol Hana
    Tweleve Yeol Dul
    Thirteen Yeol Set
    Fourteen Yeol Net
    Fifteen Yeol Dasot
    Sixteen Yasot
    Seventeen Yeol Ilgup
    Eighteen Yeol Yodol
    Nineteen Yeol Ahop
    Twenty Seu-Mool ("Sew-Mool")

    Promotion rank requirements

    There are very specific belt rank requirements in every Taekwondo style. This chart defines the specific requirements of WTF Style.Color Belt Systems but varies according to respective schools.

    There are two different variations shown in this chart.

    Minimum Term refers to the minimum amount of time that must be spent at a rank before promotion. This time frame is based on 40 hours of training time per month. Total Training Time refers to the minimum amount of time invested in total to achieve a given rank. The average student reaches first degree black belt in 3 to 4 years.

    Rank Belt Collar Minimum Term Total Training Time

    10th Kup None/White none
    9th Kup White/White with stripe 3months 3 months
    8th Kup Yellow 3 months 6 months
    7th Kup Orange/Yellow with stripe 3 months 9 months
    6th Kup Green 3 months 12 months
    5th Kup Blue/Green with stripe 3 months 15 months
    4th Kup Purple/Blue 3 months 18 months
    3rd Kup Brown/Blue with stripe 4 months 22 months
    2nd Kup Red 6 months 28 months
    1st Kup Red with stripe 6 months 36 months