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Introduction to Taekwondo

Taekwondo is an indigenous Korean martial art which has independently developed over twenty centuries into a dynamic combat sport. Currently there are 40 million Taekwondo practitioners in more than 142 countries.

Taekwondo directly translates into "the way of the hand and foot". It is characterized by the way kicks and punches are employed to defeat an opponent. Much emphasis is put on the physical training requiring body coordination, strength, free fighting techniques and skills. However the main goal of learning Taekwondo is to achieve control over the mind as well as the body. Its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the ‘sensationalist’ who is content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.

Spirit of Taekwondo

Courtesy - Courtesy (Ye ui)

Students must show respect to their parents, instructors, to senior students and friends. Students must be polite and encourage a sense of justice. Students must constantly look within themselves and not be quick to judge others.

Perseverance - Perseverance (In Nae)

Nothing of any true good comes easy. Perseverance and patience are required to excel at anything. If you fail the first time and even till the hundredth time, try again, ne confident that you will succeed as long as your purpose is worthy.

Integrity - Integrity (Yum Chi)

One must be able to define right and wrong and have the conscience. Within the Do Jang, one must honestly attempt to do whatever the instructor asks. Outside the Do-Jang, students must not misrepresent themselves or rationalize their behaviour.

Self-Control - Self-Control (Keuk Ki)

Good self-control in free sparring enables you to execute stunning techniques without injuring your partners. Good self-control in daily life allows you to work comfortably and confidently with others.

Indomitable Spirit - Indomitable Spirit (Baekl Jul Bool Gool)

Never be afraid to be yourself and trust your judgment. Indomitable spirit is what enables you to keep your ideals and your identity in the face of overwhelming pressures. It is the strength to reject the things that "everyone else is doing" when you believe them to be wrong.


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