What is Taekwondo?

Tae Kwon Do is the Korean national sport and the most commonly practiced form of martial art in the world.  Tae Kwon Do is popular throughout the world, and has been an Olympic sport since 1988.  There are many aspects to Tae Kwon Do training.

Physical Training:  In the Korean language, Tae (태) means “to kick or destroy with the foot”, kwon (권) means “punch or smash with the hand or fist”, and Do (도) means “way or art”.  Hence, Taekwondo is taken to mean “The art of punching and kicking.”  Students will learn a variety of different techniques with their hands and feet.  Using these techniques students will learn to defend themselves against a physical attack.

Mental Learning:  Tae Kwon Do training is much more than just kicking and punching.  Tae Kwon Do becomes a way of life and students are encouraged to live by the tenets of Tae Kwon Do.  These five tenets are directly or indirectly taught during every class.

  • Courtesy: To be thoughtful and considerate of others.  Showing respect to your instructors and fellow students.
  • Integrity:  To be honest and good.  Telling the truth at all times.  This includes being honest with one’s self.
  • Perseverance:  To never give up on trying to achieve one’s goals.  Students should welcome challenges, because these challenges allow us to grow and improve.
  • Self-Control:  To have control over your body and mind.  Students should practice controlling his/her actions and reactions.
  • Indomitable Spirit:  To have courage in the face of adversity.  Students should not be dominated by or have his spirit broken by another.

These aspects of taekwondo should be practiced in and out of the classroom.  These principles build students with strong moral character, who are ready to face what the real world has to offer. – From Fast Kicks Academy

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