“Tae Kwon Do” is an empty-hand combat form that incorporates the use of the whole body. Tae means “to Kick” or “Smash with the feet”, Kwon implies “punching” or “destroying with the hand or fist”, and Do means “way” or “method”.
Tae Kwon Do is therefore the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence that involves the skilful application of techniques that include punching, jumping kicks, blocks, dodges, parrying actions with both hands and feet.
It is more than a mere physical combat or fighting skill, Tae Kwon Do becomes a way of thinking, a mindset and helps form a pattern in life incorporating strong disciplines, great integrity and an indomitable spirit. It is a system of training both the mind and the body in which great emphasis is placed on the development of the students’ moral character.
A black belt is a white belt who refused to give up!
Tae Kwon Do is a martial art that in “todays” form of self-defence has evolved by combining many different styles of martial arts that existed in Korea over the last 2,000 years and some martial art styles from countries that surround Korea.
Tae Kwon Do incorporates the striking linear movements of Karate and the flowing & circular patterns of Kung-fu with native kicking techniques. Over fifty typically Chinese circular hand movements can be identified in modern Tae Kwon Do today.
The 5 tenets of Tae Kwon Do are: Courtesy integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and indomitable Spirit.
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