Tae Kwon Do in it's simplest form is known as the Korean art of Hand and Foot fighting!
Tae meaning "to kick" or "to strike with the foot"
Kwon means "fist" or "to strike with the hand"
Do means "discipline" or "art"
With the earliest records dating back to 50 B.C. Tae Kwon Do has become the most popular Martial Art practiced around the world because of it's self-defense and health applications. After starting you will soon develop skills that you can put to use immediatly to protect yourself. You do not need to be in great physical shape to start, just have the heart and desire to better yourself or your child!
Tae Kwon Do students live by the Tenets of Tae Kwon Do:
Courtesy (Ye Ui). To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Taekwondo practisers (both students and instructors) should be polite, and show consideration for others.
Integrity (Yom Chi). Integrity describes how you should interact with others. To be honest and good, earn respect and trust.
Perseverance (In Nae). This basically stands for your internal drive. Challenges allow us to improve ourselves and should therefor not be avoided.
Self control (Guk Ki). To have control of your body and mind. A Taekwondo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
Indomitable spirit (Baekjool Boolgool). To have courage in the face of adversity. A Taekwondo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another