What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is the Korean martial art of self-defense.
Literally translated, Tae means to jump, or kick with the foot; Kwon denotes a fist, chiefly to punch with the hand or fist; Do means the art or method.
Tae Kwon Do involves much more than just the physical aspect of any martial art. It is designed as a non-violent art and a system of complete body exercise as well as being a way of life. It includes physical techniques, mental disciplines, and a deep philosophy.
By practicing Tae Kwon Do, one can benefit:
Physically – Develop good coordination, gain strength, increase flexibility, and improve cardio-vascular conditioning.
From all of these physical practices, one can acquire a strong body.
Mentally – Build self-confidence and self esteem, gain better judgment and improve self-control.
From these mental disciplines, one can acquire a sound mind.
Philosophically – While developing a strong body and a sound mind, it is appropriate to learn the valuable philosophical tools and lessons in life offered by the Tae Kwon Do philosophy.
- The way to be honest, always standing for justice
- How to respect and help others
- The meaning of loyalty and courtesy
Incorporating these three aspects into one’s life will build in the ability to be strong, to be humble, to be gentle and to maintain self-respect. The Tae Kwon Do philosophy emphasizes good health, happiness, generosity, and a sense of values of freedom, justice, and peace.
All of these inspire both independence and coexistence. Tae Kwon Do is an art for humanity. It is a guide for the formation of outstanding character. It is practiced as a modern world sport. It is useful as a contemporary universal philosophy. Tae Kwon Do is a practical and beautiful martial art.