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ABOUT TAE KWON DO

By General Choi Hong Hi
(1918-2002)
The Founder of TAEKWONDO

What exactly is the meaning of Taekwon-Do?

To put it simply Taekwondo is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self defense. It is more than just that, however. It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self defense--a body that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities through intensive physical and mental training.

It is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.

This is one of the reasons that Taekwondo is called an art of self defense. It also implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral rearmament. The nearest description of it is almost a cult.

Translated literally "Tae" stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. "Do" means an art or way--the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.

Thus taken collectively "Taekwondo" indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.

Taekwondo definitely enables the weak to possess a fine weapon together with confidence to defend him or herself and defeat the opponent as well. Of course, wrongly applied, Taekwondo can be a lethal weapon. Therefore mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.

 
TKD founder



TKD characters

THE MEANING OF
TAE KWON DO

TAE = Kicking
KWON = Punching
DO = Way of Life or Discipline


FIVE TENETS OF
TAE KWON DO

Courtesy
Integrity
Perseverance
Self Control
Indomitable Spirit


STUDENT CREED

We shall build ourselves mentally and physically.

We shall build friendships with one another in order to form a strong united group.

We shall never fight to achieve selfish ends but develop might for right.


TAE KWON DO OATH

I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do.

I shall respect my seniors and instructors.

I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do.

I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

I shall help build a more peacful world.


LINKS

World Tae Kwon Do Federation
www.wtf.org

United States
Tae Kwon Do Union
www.ustu.com

World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters
www.kukkiwon.or.kr

 

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