Taekwondo

TAE means foot
KWON means hand,
DO means method of study or way of  life

Taekwondo is a distinct Korean martial art with it’s own indigenous history which spans several thousand years.  It is the most practiced martial art today and became an official Olympic Sport in Sidney,Australia in the Year 2000. The devoted student will be in great physical and mental shape, and achieve black belt rank and beyond. Taekwondo is a lifetime art, and practitioners can establish their own level of activity at any age and physical condition. Our youngest students are 4, our oldest students are in their late sixties!!  All students, regardless of age, can reap many benefits of Taekwondo.Many of our youth who have achieved black belt, have gone onto some of the best colleges in the country. Many of our adults have started new careers and jobs with their new found confidence.

Taekwondo is  that has been called the ultimate self-defense program for everyone. The three main reasons for this are:

1.  Our vigorous workouts condition the entire body: You will look and feel younger and healthier!!

2.  Taekwondo  trains the student to have keen and accurate reflexes that could be used as effective defense against multiple assailants.  Just knowing this adds confidence to the student.

3.  Taekwondo should also lead the student toward a life of honor and integrity. Good physical shape means nothing if the student is dishonorable.  Our students must follow all school rules, oaths and tenants as strongly as they train in order to keep the “mind/body balance” within their practice.

4. The nature of Taekwondo also classifies it as a lifetime art. Practitioners can establish their own level of activity at any age and physical condition.

The majority of Taekwondo students and schools are directly connected to one international governing body, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), which was organized by Dr. Un Yong Kim, president of the Korea Taekwondo Association and it’s headquarter and main educational and training center the “Kuk Ki Won”. This provides for international standardization of techniques, recognition of rank and international sanctioning of seminars,tournaments and symposiums. USA Taekwondo is the official governing body of Taekwondo in the USA.

THE FIVE TENETS OF TAEKWONDO

The five Taekwondo Tenets are considered a very important aspect of this martial art. They develop good moral character and mental strength. Knowledge and understanding of all Taekwondo Tenets is as important as the knowledge and understanding of all Taekwondo techniques.
Courtesy

“Treat others as you wish to be treated”. By practicing good manners and etiquette, the martial artist helps to promote a better environment everywhere. They are not arrogant, disrespectful, or a “showoff”. They are never ‘above’ being corrected or needing improvement. The martial artist attempts to practice courtesy by: a) Being polite to students, the elderly, parents, etc., b)Giving thanks to those in service like teachers, waiters, store clerks. c)Offering assistance to those who need it or who are less fortunate.

Integrity

“To know the difference between right and wrong, and having a conscience if wrong, to feel guilt”. After the realization of wrongdoing, the martial artist of good moral integrity, does their best to make amends for any mistake. They also try to recognize and correct their own personal shortcomings before criticizing others. The martial artist strives to be sincere and live by honest principles.

Perseverance

If we have patience to overcome every difficulty, we have perseverance. The student persists and never gives up until a satisfactory outcome results. Thru perseverance we finish every project and goal we start.

Self-Control

In sparring , the martial artist practices conscious control over their body so no one is injured. But self-control means more than being physically careful not to harm anyone. It means having control of ones’ speech, so not to offend anyone or tarnish someones’ reputation. It also means being in control of ones’ temper, so no verbal abuse or violent outburst is possible.

Indomitable Spirit

A student with this quality has courage regardless of all odds. In the face of many enemies, the courageous will react as if the advantage is theirs. The indomitable spirit never loses hope in times of despair. They have the courage to stand up for something they believe in. They will always defend someone (friend or stranger) who needs defending, even if opposed by many others. Thus, the indomitable spirit is no coward, and maintains courage to the death.

TAEKWONDO OATH
To train both mind and body through Tae Kwon Do.
The martial artist must strive to develop himself mentally and spiritually. As we discipline our body
through our Taekwondo practice, we also discipline our inner being through our commitment to the Taekwondo tenets.

To promote a friendly relationship among all people.
A martial artist holds no prejudice against anyone regardless of race, gender, age, financial status or physical abilities. A martial artist recognizes all people as individuals worthy of respect and courtesy.

To never initiate violence.
The martial artist should do everything within their power to avoid violent conflict. The martial artist will only use aggressive action in order to preserve ones life (self-defense), or the life of another. Verbal violence is always avoided.

To be a courageous opponent against all untruths.
The martial artist avoids gossip, rumors and slanderous behavior. These behaviors destroy reputations, whether intentionally or accidentally. To spread hearsay and raise doubts about someone to other people, instead of approaching the subject in person, is dishonorable. The martial artist opposes persons with such behavior.

To respect nature.
A martial artist is conscious of the environment and everything in it. Therefore they recycle and are careful not to misuse Earth’s natural resources. Abusing animals, or killing an animal for sport is dishonorable.

To follow all the rules of Taekwondo and my instructor.
Observance of Dojang rules by everyone is important. The martial artist must make time to learn and better understand them. Otherwise we are sabotaging our own physical and moral development.

To always strive for what is good, and not what is evil.
The martial artist looks for the good in all, and all the good that could be done. The martial artist has no desire to hurt, offend or humiliate anyone. The martial artist strives to live the honorable life.

Taekwondo Pledge
Kwan-won Seon-seo

I realize the spirit of Taekwondo represents Courage, Honor and Discipline;

I will demonstrate the spirit of Taekwondo within my daily life,
and have a strong sense of justice.

I will, to the best of my ability, develope my mind and body thru Taekwondo
and encourage my fellow students.

I will follow all the rules of Taekwondo and the Instructor placed before me.

TAE means foot
KWON means hand,
DO means method of study or way of  life

Taekwondo is a distinct Korean martial art with it’s own indigenous history which spans several thousand years.  It is the most practiced martial art today and became an official Olympic Sport in Sidney,Australia in the Year 2000. The devoted student will be in great physical and mental shape, and achieve black belt rank and beyond. Taekwondo is a lifetime art, and practitioners can establish their own level of activity at any age and physical condition. Our youngest students are 4, our oldest students are in their late sixties!!  All students, regardless of age, can reap many benefits of Taekwondo.Many of our youth who have achieved black belt, have gone onto some of the best colleges in the country. Many of our adults have started new careers and jobs with their new found confidence.

Taekwondo is  that has been called the ultimate self-defense program for everyone. The three main reasons for this are:

1.  Our vigorous workouts condition the entire body: You will look and feel younger and healthier!!

2.  Taekwondo  trains the student to have keen and accurate reflexes that could be used as effective defense against multiple assailants.  Just knowing this adds confidence to the student.

3.  Taekwondo should also lead the student toward a life of honor and integrity. Good physical shape means nothing if the student is dishonorable.  Our students must follow all school rules, oaths and tenants as strongly as they train in order to keep the “mind/body balance” within their practice.

4. The nature of Taekwondo also classifies it as a lifetime art. Practitioners can establish their own level of activity at any age and physical condition.

The majority of Taekwondo students and schools are directly connected to one international governing body, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), which was organized by Dr. Un Yong Kim, president of the Korea Taekwondo Association and it’s headquarter and main educational and training center the “Kuk Ki Won”. This provides for international standardization of techniques, recognition of rank and international sanctioning of seminars,tournaments and symposiums. USA Taekwondo is the official governing body of Taekwondo in the USA.

THE FIVE TENETS OF TAEKWONDO

The five Taekwondo Tenets are considered a very important aspect of this martial art. They develop good moral character and mental strength. Knowledge and understanding of all Taekwondo Tenets is as important as the knowledge and understanding of all Taekwondo techniques.
Courtesy

“Treat others as you wish to be treated”. By practicing good manners and etiquette, the martial artist helps to promote a better environment everywhere. They are not arrogant, disrespectful, or a “showoff”. They are never ‘above’ being corrected or needing improvement. The martial artist attempts to practice courtesy by: a) Being polite to students, the elderly, parents, etc., b)Giving thanks to those in service like teachers, waiters, store clerks. c)Offering assistance to those who need it or who are less fortunate.

Integrity

“To know the difference between right and wrong, and having a conscience if wrong, to feel guilt”. After the realization of wrongdoing, the martial artist of good moral integrity, does their best to make amends for any mistake. They also try to recognize and correct their own personal shortcomings before criticizing others. The martial artist strives to be sincere and live by honest principles.

Perseverance

If we have patience to overcome every difficulty, we have perseverance. The student persists and never gives up until a satisfactory outcome results. Thru perseverance we finish every project and goal we start.

Self-Control

In sparring , the martial artist practices conscious control over their body so no one is injured. But self-control means more than being physically careful not to harm anyone. It means having control of ones’ speech, so not to offend anyone or tarnish someones’ reputation. It also means being in control of ones’ temper, so no verbal abuse or violent outburst is possible.

Indomitable Spirit

A student with this quality has courage regardless of all odds. In the face of many enemies, the courageous will react as if the advantage is theirs. The indomitable spirit never loses hope in times of despair. They have the courage to stand up for something they believe in. They will always defend someone (friend or stranger) who needs defending, even if opposed by many others. Thus, the indomitable spirit is no coward, and maintains courage to the death.

TAEKWONDO OATH
To train both mind and body through Tae Kwon Do.
The martial artist must strive to develop himself mentally and spiritually. As we discipline our body
through our Taekwondo practice, we also discipline our inner being through our commitment to the Taekwondo tenets.

To promote a friendly relationship among all people.
A martial artist holds no prejudice against anyone regardless of race, gender, age, financial status or physical abilities. A martial artist recognizes all people as individuals worthy of respect and courtesy.

To never initiate violence.
The martial artist should do everything within their power to avoid violent conflict. The martial artist will only use aggressive action in order to preserve ones life (self-defense), or the life of another. Verbal violence is always avoided.

To be a courageous opponent against all untruths.
The martial artist avoids gossip, rumors and slanderous behavior. These behaviors destroy reputations, whether intentionally or accidentally. To spread hearsay and raise doubts about someone to other people, instead of approaching the subject in person, is dishonorable. The martial artist opposes persons with such behavior.

To respect nature.
A martial artist is conscious of the environment and everything in it. Therefore they recycle and are careful not to misuse Earth’s natural resources. Abusing animals, or killing an animal for sport is dishonorable.

To follow all the rules of Taekwondo and my instructor.
Observance of Dojang rules by everyone is important. The martial artist must make time to learn and better understand them. Otherwise we are sabotaging our own physical and moral development.

To always strive for what is good, and not what is evil.
The martial artist looks for the good in all, and all the good that could be done. The martial artist has no desire to hurt, offend or humiliate anyone. The martial artist strives to live the honorable life.

Taekwondo Pledge
Kwan-won Seon-seo

I realize the spirit of Taekwondo represents Courage, Honor and Discipline;

I will demonstrate the spirit of Taekwondo within my daily life,
and have a strong sense of justice.

I will, to the best of my ability, develope my mind and body thru Taekwondo
and encourage my fellow students.

I will follow all the rules of Taekwondo and the Instructor placed before me.