About Tae Kwon Do
What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is a form of martial arts that combines both basic and high jumping advanced kicks. It also has a large repertoire of arm and hand techniques. It's translation into English means, "The way of foot and fist fighting":
Tae = Foot
Kwon = Fist
Do = Way or Art
Tae Kwon Do involves learning kicking, punching and blocking in various combinations of traditional sets known as hyung. As students improve their hyung, they receive different belts, with a black belt being the highest level. However, Tae Kwon Do (as with all traditional martial arts) isn't used as a way to beat up other people or for violence. It's a form of self-defence that involves strict mental and physical training and the building of strong moral character.
How was Tae Kwon Do formed?
Tae Kwon Do has been around for over 2,000 years. This Martial Arts discipline is believed to have been founded in Korea by Hwarang warriors who developed Tae Kwon Do as a way to defend themselves from the invading armies of Japan. The guiding principles of the Hwarang warriors were loyalty, duty, trustworthiness, valor and justice. These same principles are still a part of modern day Tae Kwon Do, which also emphasizes respecting your parents, brothers, sisters, friends and teachers and being an upstanding citizen.
What is the Kin school of Tae Kwon Do?
Kin Tae Kwon Do places a strong emphasis of the 'Do' or Art. The teaching and learning incorporates not only dynamic and effective content knowledge, but focuses on the holistic Martial Artist. Kin Tae Kwon Do is about more than being skilled in combat. The discipline, mental training and character development provide the grounds for embedding in students a strong sense of justice, fortitude, compassion, humility and resolve. It is this important mental conditioning that separates the true Martial Artist from one who has mastered only the physical aspects of the Art.
We feel that part of our duty and the duty of being a Martial Artist is to help others and a culture of service should be underlying all that we do. Our belief is that Martial Artists should train together, stick together and work together, these beliefs stem from training as a family. Our name Kin – meaning family, is important as we believe all members should be treated as family, so that an unbreakable bond is formed.
The 5 TENANTS of TAE KWON DO
The 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do are part of any Tae Kwon Do school. They are a guide for students behaviour both inside and outside the training dojang and often are formed into an oath or pledge for students to take.
Showing courtesy to all others. Your behavious and attitude must be polite and demonstrate correct manners at all times
One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have a strong and developed moral conscience. Students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles.
Having patience and never giving up - despite the odds. One of the most important aspects in becoming a leader in Tae Kwon Do is to overcome every difficulty through perseverance.
Without self-control, a Tae Kwon Do student is not a martial artist, but just like any fighter in the street. Being able to stay calm and collected, mentally and physically is vital to becoming a strong martial artist.
Having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and to stay strong in those beliefs and convictions no matter what the odds against you may be. It also means always striving to do your best in all aspects of training and life.