Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the word “Tae” “Kwon” “Do.” It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. “Tae” means “foot,” “leg,” or “to step on”; “Kwon” means “fist,” or “fight”; and “Do” means the “way” or “discipline.” If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind “Tae Kwon Do”. Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM TAE KWON DO?
- Responsibility: Do the right thing
- Respect: Treat others the way you want to be treated
- Leadership: Set a proper example for others to follow
- Cooperation: Together everyone achieve more
- Self-Control: Take charge of your feelings
- Confidence: Believe in yourself
- Focus: Concentrate with eyes, body, and mind
- Goal Setting: Work hard to achieve your dreams