TaeKwonDo is a true martial art with its roots in ancient Korea. Translated from Korean, TaeKwonDo means “the Way of Foot & Fist”. Its beginnings date back at least to 540 AD to the Hwarang-Do warrior society charged with protecting their country. In fighting, the members of the Hwarang-Do inspired their followers’ confidence by punching barehanded through their opponents’ wooden armor. They could spin-kick with such height and power that their feet were like swords. But Hwarang-Do was more: members pledged to live an ethical life that recognized the importance of loyalty to country, parents, and the brotherhood of man, and to promote the cause of justice. This is reflected in the modern tenets as described below.
In English, it is commonly written: Tae Kwon Do, Taekwondo, or Taekwon-do. All-Star Martial Arts has chosen to use the spelling TaeKwonDo. Regardless of how it is spelled, TaeKwonDo is the world’s most widely practice martial art. It is an Olympic sport, an artistic discipline, a system of self-defense, and a way of life. TaeKwonDo is an Olympic sport. It was introduced to the Olympics in Korea in 1988. Unlike many of the other sports that young people are involved with today, TaeKwonDo competitors are required by rule to demonstrate respect for officials coaches and their fellow competitors. What a concept!
TaeKwonDo is an artistic discipline. The techniques are done with graceful and powerful movements. Students continuously strive to improve the artistic presentation of each technique. The art of TaeKwonDo develops posture, graceful movement, excellent coordination, and attention to detail. We believe that everyone can benefit from exposure to this artistic discipline. Self-defense skills are safety skills. We believe that it’s important for everyone to learn these self-defense skills. When a person learns and develops self-defense skills, the chance of sustaining an injury due to a fall or an attack is greatly reduced; and the chance of escaping from a mugging, a rape or an abduction attempt is greatly increased! Learning these safety skills does not promote violence; rather, it enables one to avoid becoming a victim of violence and to minimize injury during a fall. Students are encouraged to live according to the tenets of TaeKwonDo.
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do:
Courtesy: To be thoughtful and considerate of others. TaeKwonDo students and instructors should be polite, and show consideration for others.
Integrity: To be honest and good. TaeKwonDo practitioners should live by a code of moral values and principles.
Self Control: To have control of your body and mind. A TaeKwonDo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
Perseverance: To never give up in the pursuit of one’s goals. Students should welcome challenges, because challenges cause us to grow and improve.
Indomitable Spirit: To have courage in the face of adversity. A TaeKwonDo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another.