Tae Kwon Do 태권도
Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art that teaches more than just physical skills. This art form is a discipline, which points at ways to enhance a child’s spirit and life through training both body and mind. Today, Taekwondo has transitioned and garnered an international reputation by standing among the official games at the Olympics.
In Taekwondo’s 5000-year long history, it has been called many names like “Subak,” “Taekkyon,” and “Sunbae,” eventually settling on “Taekwondo.” Being a Korean word, Taekwondo’s characters can be translated to mean:
- Tae – Jumping or flying, to kick with the foot
- Kwon – to punch or destroy with the hand or fist
- Do – the art of The Way
This martial art is characterized by its emphasis on its barrage of foot skills, including head-height kicks, jumping kicks, spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. To facilitate these different kicks, Tae kwon do utilizes stances that are more narrow than many other martial arts that use a wider stance to stress agility rather than stability.
Many do not understand the correlation between mind and body. By introducing your child to this connection while they are still young, they will be able to grow up with the awareness of how to create unity within themselves. Taekwondo applies this unity by synchronizing your child’s mind with their movements while extending this principle to their everyday life. Many martial arts go beyond the simplicity of self-defense, reaching deep into the core of any raison d’etre, like going to school, having a job, fighting for a cause, and more. By being centered, your child can feel safe, attaining permanent peace within themselves, despite the contrast the martial art provides. With harmonious growth, Taekwondo is a way of life, enabling your child to see & lead a more valuable life.