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