TAE KWON DO
trace its origins back nearly 2000 years to the Korean Peninsula. Before the
use of gunpowder, Taekwondo was a critical skill for military combat in
Korea. For hundreds of years, Taekwondo was passed among masters of the art.
After World War II, Taekwondo became much more popular in Korea and has led
to our present day understanding of Taekwondo.
The Taekwondo spirit
takes the basic instinct of person to protect ones self from an outside
force with bare-hand fighting and has created a systematic system of moves.
This system can be described as an art. The Taekwondo spirit emphasizes
loyalty, courage, ethics, learning, and acting. These combine to bring peace
to the Taekwondo practitioner. Taekwondo always strives to bring unity.
Taekwondo has many
benefits for the human body. As with any physical activity, Taekwondo can
improve performance of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Taekwondo
also serves to improve the bodys response to commands of the central
nervous system. Taekwondo serves to build a persons strength in at least 6
areas. These include physical strength, power, agility, balance,
flexibility, and endurance.
As the Taekwondo
practitioner improves their physical body, this builds their mental
confidence. As the student of Taekwondo advances in their training, the
coordination of mind and their complete body yields a more unified person. It
is our belief that Taekwondo increases sociability, enhances focus, garners
an attitude of respect, builds physical endurance, creates confidence,
and develops leadership.
The Taekwondo experience
is a growth experience. Just as a young child has physical and motional
development, as does the Taekwondo student develops in their physical and
motional abilities. Taekwondo also serves to improve social development,
emotional development, and intellectual development. It is never too late to
start Taekwondo. The young and old can grow through the Taekwondo
The Taekwondo spirit is
one that seeks unity in all aspects of life. It is the hope that the unity
and balance found in Taekwondo will permeate the students life and their
relationship with family, friends, and all that they may encounter.