What is Tae Kwon Do?

Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean art of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do means “Foot, Fist, Way” Tae refers to the foot, Kwon to the fist, and Do to the art or way. Although originating in Korea, Tae Kwon Do’s evolution was also influenced by its neighboring countries Japan and China. It’s an art form dating over 2,000 years ago and recognized as one of the oldest forms of Martial Art. Teaching more than fighting skills, it is also a discipline of the mind, body and spirit. Tae Kwon Do teachings create valuable life skills that becomes a students way of life.

Tenets

  1. I understand that the Martial Art program strives towards the improvement of the whole person. Therefore, it insists on the constant interaction between the spiritual and the physical. I will emulate the high ideals of all ancient cultures, such as tolerance, non-violence, respect for my peers, dedication to duty and honor to my superiors.
  2. I shall maintain a good rapport with my school. I will be loyal to the spirit of martial art as well as to those who are inspired by the Martial Art spirit. Since I have chosen to become a student of the Martial Art, I am obliged to be loyal to its spirit.
  3. I will not criticize other students. An unwritten rule of Martial Art requires that students only speak well of other students.
  4. I shall be extremely cautious about making promises, but I shall keep the ones I do make.
  5. I shall be punctual for class.
  6. I shall react in a mature manner to every event, regardless of whether it is favorable, frustrating, or disastrous, as I represent the school.
  7. I will act always with my purpose before me, I will act with sincerity and forthrightness.
  8. I will endeavor to overcome any shyness I might feel being in front of an audience. In this effort, I will assist my instructors in teaching beginning students whenever possible.
  9. I will not hesitate to take necessary risks in order to develop into an ideal martial artist.
  10. I will endeavor to finish what I started, to reach my goals and set new ones.

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