Tiger Power™ Kickboxing

Kickboxing (Photo Credit: Creative Commons license)

Kickboxing (Photo Credit: Creative Commons license)

Although Kickboxing is a relatively new program here at Yong-in Tae Kwon Do, our classes help you achieve a firmer body, smaller waistline, and better muscle tone. Get lean without wasting time at the gym or on crazy diets!


The Tiger Power™ system of Kickboxing, developed by Yong-in Tae Kwon Do Cypress, combines Tae Kwon Do, and Kun Gek Do, or Gwon-gyokdo, as it is otherwise called.


The term “Kun” “Gek” “Do”, although composed of three parts as shown in the English language, is only one word in Korean.


Kun (pronounced “Gwun”) means “fist” or  “punch”; Gek (pronounced “Gyuk” is part of the word ‘Gong Gyuk’, meaning “attack”; and Do means the “way” or “discipline”. If we put these three parts together, we can see the important concepts behind “Gwon-gyokdo”, and how we incorporate it into our exclusive Kickboxing program.


Gwon-gyokdo combines Muay Thai techniques with certain techniques from some of the more traditional Korean martial arts styles, including Hapkido and Taekwondo.

Gwon-gyokdo has gained the reputation of being a Korean version of kickboxing. The national Gwon-gyokdo headquarters are located in Busan, Korea.

Tiger Power™ Kickboxing combines Gwon-gyokdo, and aerobic dance disciplines together into a together in a challenging program set to music. A typical one-hour class consists of a series of jabs, punches, kicks and steps, choreographed in a series of eight-count combinations.

We are introducing this new style of fitness to the Houston area hoping that it will eventually catch on with fitness enthusiasts all around the country. We welcome you to join us to enjoy this great work out if you are looking to improve your overall health and fitness.


What is a normal class like?

A normal class runs around 60 minutes. All classes begin and end formally with respect being paid to the flag, the instructor and one’s fellow students. There are five stages to every class:
1. At the beginning, the instructor leads stretching and warm-up exercises.
2. The second stage of a class involves executing basic cuts and stances. These basics are part of the warm-up drill in every class to develop the students’ understanding, fitness, endurance and technique. Practice of the basic techniques can become a meditative aid for some students.
3. The third stage of class is determined by level, but can involve instruction on the basic patterns, Sang Soo Gumbup, or engagement techniques such as Gyuk Gum.
4. At the fourth stage of class, you and the instructors typically spend a few minutes in meditation working on Dan Gun breathing.
5. The final stage is when students line up according to their rank and the instructor concludes the class with final instructions and comments.