TAEKWONDO

 

Tae Kwon Do is a traditional and practical martial art that originated in Korea and translates literally as, way of the foot and fist.  Put simply it is a system of kickboxing but Tae Kwon Do also holds a much deeper meaning beyond that of its literal translation;  it implies discipline, control and connection (or harmony) of the body, mind and spirit.

It’s roots can be traced back thousands of years and today the art continues to thrive world-wide.

Tae Kwon Do is an effective and practical method of self-defense.  It is a system of “striking” and emphasizes equal use of punches and kicks, offense and defense.  Training includes the development of all accompanying performance attributes, such as but not limited to:  strength, speed, balance, flexibility, focus and temperament.

Self-defense is multi-faceted.  Beyond that of concerns related to outside threat, life presents the internal struggle.  The martial arts offer us the opportunity to still the mind and be present.  Stillness provides a connection to our genuine selves; a way to strip away distraction, cleanse the spirit and experience a clear state of mind. 

Tae Kwon Do is also an Olympic sport and many competitions are available for all levels and abilities.  The sport offers a venue for advanced development of skills.  It also offers participants all the benefits that are synonymous with healthy competition. 

Tae Kwon Do is an art form rich with history, a functional method of self-defense and an organized sport.  As a way of life it promotes integrity, respect, discipline, harmony, fitness and much more.  Regardless of style, this is the way of all true martial arts.

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Our teacher's teacher Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

Our teacher's teacher Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

And so I train. 
And in that training I find my strengths and weaknesses. 
I find my strengths.
And in those strengths I become passive and firm.
I become passive. 
And in my passivity I see myself and others. 
I see myself.
And in myself I find harmony and peace that are forever within. 
And so I train.

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho