WHAT IS TAEKWONDO?
Taekwondo is an ancient Korean form of Martial Arts developed more than 2,000 years ago as an unarmed self-defense.
The name Taekwondo is derived from the Korean word "Tae" meaning foot, "Kwon" meaning fist and "Do" meaning way of. So, literally Taekwondo means "the way of the foot and fist".
Taekwondo is designed as a nonviolent art and system of complete body exercise as well as being a way of life. Taekwondo includes physical techniques, mental discipline and a deep philosophy. By practicing Taekwondo one can benefit in the following ways:
Physically – One can develop good coordination, gain strength, increase flexibility and improve cardiovascular conditioning. From these physical practices one can have a strong body.
Mentally – One can build self-confidence, gain better judgment and improve self-control. From these mental disciplines one can a sound mind.
Philosophically – While developing a strong body and a sound mind it is appropriate to learn the valuable philosophical tools and lessons offered by the Taekwondo Philosophy. Among these lessons is the way to be honest, always standing for justice, how torespect others and the meaning of loyalty and courtesy.
Incorporating these three aspects into one’s life will build for them the ability to be strong, to be humble, to be gentle and to have self-respect. The Taekwondo philosophy emphasizes good health, happiness, generosity, and a sense of value of freedom, justice and peace. All of these inspire independence and coexistence. Taekwondo is truly an art for humanity and servers as a guide for the formation of outstanding character. It is practice as a modern sport the world over and is useful as a contemporary universal philosophy. In short Taekwondo is the most practical and most beautiful martial art in the world.
WHY STUDY TAEKWONDO?
Although self-defense is usually the reason most people study Taekwondo, there are numerous other reasons: Physical fitness, weight control, self-confidence, self-respect, self-discipline and tension or pressure relief. Whatever the reason the new student studies Taekwondo, you soon become aware of the many benefits from training, both expected and unexpected. Taekwondo students feel healthy both mentally and physically. They feel confident that they are learning to defend themselves and this quiet confidence filters through all phases of their daily lives; including family, job and school. As they progress in Taekwondo, students will acquire a greater respect for themselves and for others.
BENEFITS OF TAEKWONDO
The most important aspect of any Martial Art is self-discipline. Through a good disciplined environment, there is no limit to what your child can achieve. You will notice a difference in your child in just a few classes. Their grades will improve and respect for others will not go unnoticed.
Taekwondo is one of the greatest Martial Arts in the world. In these tough times, it is unfortunate yet necessary to be able to defend yourself. Whether the attacker has a gun, knife, or their bare hands, you and your child will be given the skills needed to increase the chances of overcoming an attacker.
Taekwondo will give your child an increased level of confidence by teaching them about life skills. As parents you will be truly amazed at the positive difference in attitude your child develops after taking classes at U.S. Taekwondo Academy. They will walk with pride and with their head held high.
During our Taekwondo classes not only will you gain self-discipline, self-defense and self-confidence, you will also become more physically fit. In a short time you will see improvements in your flexibility, muscular strength and cardio-vascular endurance. Taekwondo will also help you lose weight while having fun
HOW DO YOUNG CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM TAEKWONDO TRAINING?
The U.S. Taekwondo Academy’s instructors specialize in teaching very young boys and girls between the ages of six to ten years of age. The training these young children receive gives them a great amount of pride, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect, which helps build their character.
In some cases, Taekwondo training can actually serve as a form of child therapy. For example, because of the self-confidence they receive from learning to defend themselves the very shy and withdrawn child becomes more calm and respectful towards others. The U.S. TKD Academy children classes are geared to the shorter attention spans of children. Many of our students have improved their school grades and almost every child will benefit from Taekwondo training in areas of personal achievement and self-discipline.
As parents, you will be truly amazed at the positive difference in attitude your child develops after taking classes at U.S. Taekwondo Academy. They will walk with pride and with their head held higher.
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF TAEKWONDO
The name Taekwondo has only been used since 1955 while the arts' roots began 2,300 years ago in Korea. Known as a martial art and way of life, the evolution of Taekwondo was a direct result of the happenings in Korea long ago, and knowledge of the history is an important step in understanding Taekwondo. During the 6th century A.D. what we now call the Korean peninsula was divided into three kingdoms; Koguryo, Paekje and Silla.
Koguryo (37 B.C.- 668 A.D.)- Koguryo was the largest kingdom. It occupied the southern section of Manchuria and the northern section of the Korean peninsula. Paekje (18 B.C. - 600 A.D.)- Paekje was situated along the Han River and in southwestern Korea. Silla (57 B.C.- 936 A.D.)- Silla was the last, and smallest of the kingdoms and located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula. Archeological findings during these times such as the mural paintings on the royal tombs during the Koguryo period, stone sculptures at pagodas during the Silla period and documents written in the Paekje period, show techniques and fighting stances that were probably the first forms of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo today is just as exciting as ever. Taekwondo, under the leadership of the World Taekwondo Federation has grown into an international art and sport practiced in over 190 counties worldwide.
In 1975 the U.S. Amateur Athletes Union (AAU) accepted Taekwondo as an official sport. Taekwondo was also admitted to the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International Council of Military Sports (CISM) in 1976. In 1980 the WTF became an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized sports federation, making Taekwondo a demonstration sport for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.
In the United States there are more than 5 million practitioners of this Taekwondo. USA Taekwondo (USAT) is the only National Governing Body for the sport of Taekwondo in the United States. As the National Governing body for the sport, the USAT is a member of the United States Olympic Committee, The World Taekwondo Federation and the Pan American Taekwondo Union.