Tae Kwon Do is the most widely practiced martial art in the world today. It is an official Olympic event and Korea’s national sport. Rooted in ancient Korean martial arts and karate from Japan, Tae Kwon Do encompasses a wide variety of hand strikes, blocks, and powerful and dynamic kicking techniques. Also incorporated in Tae Kwon Do are joint locks, submission holds, take downs, breaking techniques, and weapons defenses.
Tae Kwon Do translated means “The way of kicking and punching”. Tae, means “kicking or striking with the foot”, Kwon, means “punching or striking with the hand” and Do “the art” or “the way of life”. The Do of Tae Kwon Do signifies that a student is on a path, following a way of life, to improve himself as a person in all areas of his life including work, school, and home.
Martial art literally means a fighting art, but practicing a traditional martial art such as Tae Kwon Do also includes developing one’s inner life and strengthening character traits such as self-control, confidence, self-discipline, respect, patience, integrity, perseverance, courage, humility, selflessness, and consciousness. Self-awareness is expanded along with technical physical mastery. The true martial artist holds himself highly accountable at all times for his mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual state – his thoughts as well as his actions. The state of “no mind” is a goal in both physical and non-physical interactions. The martial artist strives to be able to react to a physical attack automatically and precisely without thought. In all other areas of life, the martial artist strives to choose words and actions, not as a reaction to thoughts of fear of the future or regret of the past, but from the truth and peace of the present moment.