About Taekwondo

The Korean Art of Self Defence

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is an art of self defence that originated in Korea. It was founded by General Choi Hong Hi (9th Degree) of Korea. Although it gained official recognition on April 11th, 1955, the art has its roots in various Korean forms of martial arts stretching back more than 2,000 years.

Taekwondo means literally “The art of foot and hand”. It was developed as the result of many years of research into other martial arts and into the application of modern physics to blocking and striking techniques.

Taekwondo is hugely popular in the UK and around the world because it is very inclusive. Anybody, young or old, whatever your size or build, male or female, can benefit from Taekwondo training.

Philosophy of Taekwondo

The philosophy of Taekwondo is summarized in the oath and the tenets.

Taekwondo Oath

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwondo
I shall respect my instructors and seniors
I shall never misuse Taekwondo
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
I shall build a more peaceful world

The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo

Courtesy (Ye-ui)
Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang (designated training area).

Integrity (Yeom-chi)
Although it may be similar, this form of integrity takes on a more wider role than defined in the common dictionary. In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right.

Perseverance (In-nae)
One will persevere time and time again until they have achieved a result which is adequate towards what one was trying to achieve.

Self-Control (Geuk-gi)
This means to not only have control over one’s physical acts, but also their mental thoughts and actions.

Indomitable Spirit (Baek-jeok-Bul-gul)
To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.

What are the Benefits?

Continuous and dedicated training will help derive a number of benefits

For Children

Behaviour

Through regular training, discipline and concentration increases

Teamwork

Build social interactions with greater respect for others

Creativity

Setting and working towards goals in a fun and enjoyable way

Physical Benefits

Fitness and healthy living, self defence skills, increased flexibility, suppleness and stamina

Well-rounded

Many other effective skills which carry over into other activities at school, home and everyday life

For Adults

Increased agility
Self defence skills
Greater confidence
Increased strength and stamina
Regular social interactions

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