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TAE KWON DO can 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 experience. 

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.


It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For the student who wishes to train in Tae Kwon Do, that step is respect. It is the step which begins the training journey, and which will accompany him throughout his progress as a student. [More]

Early Koreans developed unique martial art forms for unarmed self defense to complement their skills with weapons.  The first recorded evidence of what was to become modern Tae Kwon Do is found about two thousand years ago. [More]
Ji Do Kwan SymbolThe Ji Do Kwan symbol depicts a roly-poly circled within a water lily flower. Although simple in appearance, each element represents multiple aspects of the spirit and philosophy of Ji Do Kwan. [More]
In the Tae Kwon Do Belt System, the progress from White Belt to Black Belt represents the way of life and nature. Each color stands for a specific stage of achievement. [More]
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