Tae Kwon Do is a martial art that can improve a person's physical and mental health, through physical exercise and mental concentration. Participation in the tae Kwon Do club will help relieve stress, burn calories, improve concentration, as well as teaching various self-defense techniques.
What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean-style martial art, dating back to the 6th century A.D. "Tae" means to kick or smash with the foot, "Kwon" means to punch with the fist with destructive power, and "Do" means art or method.
It was developed as a way of self-defense, as well as a way of life for the Korean people. Its practice has been passed from Master to Student down through the generations, in secret during the Japanese occupation, and then on to its present-day form. Although many techniques have been changed and improved to conform with present-day society, the same basic principles are being taught by most Tae Kwon Do instructors today, as were practiced by the 6th century founders of the art. Those tenants are COURTESY, INTEGRITY, PERSEVERANCE, SELF-CONTROL, and INDOMITABLE SPIRIT.
Today, Tae Kwon Do is taught as a very effective means of self defense, stressing 70% foot techniques and 30% hand techniques. Its training combines total body and mind involvement, hence it is unsurpassed in developing a complete mentally- and physically- fit body.
Tae Kwon Do has grown to be the most popular style in the martial arts field throughout the world, particularly here in the United States where it was first introduced in the early 1960's. In most cases it is referred to as "Karate", being a term most understood by the American public.
Specific benefits experienced by all practinioners include: Weight control, muscle tone, coordination, bodily control, healthful excercise, self defense, poise and grace, self confidence, discipline, respect endurance, relaxation, maturity and inner peace.