The Korean word, TAE means “to kick with the foot.” KWON implies “a hand or fist to block, punch, or strike.” And DO means an “art” or a “way.” Thus, Tae Kwon Do means, “the art of kicking, blocking, and punching.” Tae Kwon Do is the name of the Korean art many
people think of as Karate (Japanese word for empty hand). It is a popular sport throughout the world, but it has much more to offer than entertainment and physical fitness. Tae Kwon Do contains a philosophy; a code of ethics; a set of values that can literally be called a way of life.
A human being has a body, a mind, and a spirit. Our philosophy of Tae Kwon Do that all three must be strong and healthy and that the well-being of each is dependent upon the other two. For this reason, Tae Kwon Do aims at developing the whole person.
We first help to develop the body through regular exercise. The purpose of this is not to build huge muscles, but to improve their tone and flexibility. Once a state of physical fitness is achieved, the focus shifts to developing speed, control, and endurance. However, it is necessary
for our students to practice the techniques of Tae Kwon Do until they become almost automatic.
To do this, one must also develop a strong mind. One must learn to concentrate on an objective. Our students learn to use the mind to control the movements of the body, using only the muscles necessary to a particular movement and keeping the other relaxed and ready for use at any time. Economy of movement saves strength. One must learn to focus all of one’s energy at a specific instant toward a specific point to achieve the most powerful effect.
Our Tae Kwon Do instruction provides a set of guidelines to enable one to act correctly in almost any situation, thus eliminating indecision or uncertainty and building confidence and self-respect. It is important to remember that the development of the body, mind, and spirit occurs simultaneously; each contributing to the development of the others in an ever upward cycle of self-improvement.
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