THE PHILOSOPHY OF TAEKWONDO

     The utmost purpose of Taekwondo is to eliminate fighting by discouraging the stronger’s oppression of the weaker with a power that is based on humanity, justice, morality, wisdom and faith.  Thus, helping to build a more peaceful world.

     Taekwondo is an Art that implies a way of thinking, instilling moral civilization with the power for justice.  Taekwondo is also known as one of the best means of developing and enhancing the emotional and psychological characteristics that enable the younger generation, regardless of age, social status of sex to effectively learn and participate in the social and play demands of their peers.

     Every movement of Taekwondo is scientifically designed with a specific purpose.  Constant repetition teaches patience and the resolve to overcome any difficulty.  The tremendous power generated from one’s body develops the self-confidence to meet any opponent, at any place and in any situation.

     Sparring teaches humility, courage, alertness and accuracy.  Also, adaptability and self-control are learned.  Patterns teach flexibility, grace, balance and coordination.  fundamental exercises develop preciseness and the method, principal and purpose.  Eventually, this training permits every conscious and subconscious action of the student.

     Perhaps in some way, Taekwondo and the guiding hand of a qualified instructor may serve as an aid to the student in his real life.  If he comes to live the art, he will realize that to excel, the body must be kept at its top form.  And consequently, he will hesitate to jeopardize his training in any way.

 

WHAT IS TAEKWONDO

     TAE means to jump, kick or smash with the foot.  KWON denotes a fist, used to punch or destroy.  DO  means an art, way or method.  It means technique of unarmed combat for self-defense involving the skillful application of punches, flying kicks, blocks, dodges and interceptions with hands, arms and feet to effectively and rapidly destroy an opponent.  Through tireless and vigorous training, self-confidence, patience, physical fitness, mental alertness, leadership and humility, respect can be achieved.

 

HISTORY OF TAEKWONDO

     Approximately 1,300 years ago in the southern part of the Korean peninsula, Korea was under invasion and harassment from its two more powerful neighbors.  To preserve themselves, the young aristocrats of the country formed a young officer’s corps.  The warrior corps trained themselves by practicing mental and physical discipline throughout