What is Tae Kwon Do?


Tae Kwon Do is more than just a sport or method of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do is a way of life, a way of living in the Taoist tradition. Living in the Taoist tradition means appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in daily life. The natural result of this dedicated practice is harmony with your surroundings and a happy and serene state of mind. The Taoist ideal is that of the still, calm, reflecting mirror mind. The dedicated practice of Tae Kwon Do brings this serene mental clarity.

Tae Kwon Do is a practice that strengthens both the mind and body. This blending of the cerebral and the physical results in a heightened aptitude for self-defense. The mental aspect of Tae Kwon Do generates energy for every part of the body. The physical aspect of Tae Kwon Do tones the body, clears the mind, and develops the nervous system. The results of this type of training is the cultivation of willingness, strong executive ability, discipline, courage and self confidence. Self confidence is a basis for emotional stability and fosters patience. These qualities are the source of an honest and sincere personality. This is Tae Kwon Do.

 

Respect


In the Asian culture, respect is a noble attitude. Respect means having respect not only for yourself, but for your elders and seniors. It also means protecting your juniors with love. Respect for your seniors and colleagues means you trust each other. Since the relationships of the dojang are based on trust, there is deep rooted camaraderie among the students.

It is important to learn the techniques of Tae Kwon Do, but physical mastery must be tempered with justice and faith. When students trust each other, the practice of Tae Kwon Do has greater importance and meaning. When training in the dojang, students answer “yes sir” or “no sir”. This respect, however, should not stop with the mere words. Respect is an attitude that comes from the heart. It extends to all who practice Tae Kwon Do.

Why the need for respect? Is it to learn the beautiful art and technique of Tae Kwon Do? This is part of the reason, but first, it is for the students’ future. To become honest and sincere human beings and live life in a honorable way, students must first learn respect.

Children are taught to develop a strong body and clear mind through the practice of Tae Kwon Do. The dedication to study Tae Kwon Do allows them to excel in their studies at school. The study of Tae Kwon Do also teaches them to respect their parents, trust their friends, and their juniors with love.

Dedication to study Tae Kwon Do helps working people a clear mind so they can make correct judgment in all affairs and succeed at their jobs. It helps them live life with confidence and with a positive attitude. This is accomplished by focusing the mind when practicing Tae Kwon Do.
 
 

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