WHAT IS TAE KWON-DO?
“More than self defense… Self-improvement”
Tae Kwon Do(“TKD”) is action philosophy. It is a traditional Korean martial art which translated literally means “the way of the hand and the foot (self-defense).” It is much more than the image of martial arts physical aspect. It is designed as a nonviolent art and 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 in these ways: 1. Physically – One can develop good coordination, gain strength, increase flexibility, and improve cardiovascular conditioning. From all these physical practices one can have a strong body. 2. Mentally - One can build self-confidence, gain better judgment, and improve self-control. From all these mental disciplines, one can have a sound mind. 3. Philosophically – While developing a strong body and a sound mind, it is also appropriate to learn the valuable philosophical tools and lessons offered by the Tae Kwon Do philosophy.
Tae Kwon Do’s “philosophy emphasizes good health, happiness, generosity, a sense of value, freedom, justice and peace.” All of these inspire both independence and coexistence. Tae Kwon Do is an art for humanity. It is also guide for the formation of outstanding character. The philosophy, the tenets of Tae Kwon Do are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control, and Indomitable Spirit embodies the communion of body, mind, and spirit.
WHO NEEDS TAE KWON-DO?
The human body has the same basic needs no matter what age or sex. A body that when not in use would deteriorate. Scientific studies have shown that Tae Kwon Do increases the efficiency of the lungs and heart as it tones and strengthens blood vessels and muscles. The man who exercises has twice the chance of avoiding a heart attack as the sedentary man.