Introduction to Taekwondo
Taekwondo, as is literally translated from Korean to English, means "the art of kicking and punching". It is both a martial art and sport which, without the use of weapons, teaches the student techniques using the hands and feet for any defensive situation , regardless of age or sex. These techniques are taught under the Taekwondo philosophy of respecting peace and justice. Taekwondo teaches students the attitude of self-discipline to defend oneself and never to attack others.
Benefits of Taekwondo Training
In the training school (dojang), there are no age, sex or racial barriers, and all students begin training with a whilte belt. The instructor allows each student to progress according to individual ability. During the process, the student develops strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. The student also develops the important mental characteristics of confidence, respect, self-control, focus and discipline.
The Five Tenets of Taekwondo
Courtesy: Kindness, good manners, politeness and respect
Integrity: Honesty, moral soundness, strength of character
Perseverance: Persistence in overcoming obstacles
Self Control: Self-discipline and controlling one's emotions
Indominable Spirit: Unbreakable committment to beliefs and principles