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.
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