Tae Kwon Do (TKD)
Korean Tae kwon do is the most popular martial art in Korea. The land of the Morning Calm. Korea has many national sports but Tae Kwon is by far the most popular. Tae Kwon Do emphasis leg kicks and jumping acrobatics that make it very fun to watch and difficult to master as well. The art of Taekwondo or TKD is considered to be a "hard" style. The root of Tae Kwon Do go back Centuries as the warriors of Korea's 3 ancient kingdoms developed their style as a defense against the marauding Mongols and Japanese.
In English, it is commonly written: Tae Kwon Do, Taekwondo, or Taekwon-do. Also known as TKD.
Regardless of how it is spelled,
Tae Kwon Do is the world's most widely practice martial art. It is an Olympic sport, an artistic discipline, a system of self-defense, and a way of life.
An Olympic Sport
Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport. It was introduced to the Olympics in Korea in 1988. Unlike many of the other sports that young people are involved with today, Tae Kwon Do competitors are required by rule to demonstrate respect for officials coaches and their fellow competitors. What a concept!
An Artistic Discipline
Tae Kwon Do is an artistic discipline. The techniques are done with graceful and powerful movements. Students continuously strive to improve the artistic presentation of each technique. The art of Tae Kwon Do develops posture, graceful movement, excellent coordination, and attention to detail. We believe that everyone can benefit from exposure to this artistic discipline.
Self-defense skills are safety skills. We believe that it's important for everyone to learn these self-defense skills. When a person learns and develops self-defense skills, the chance of sustaining an injury due to a fall or an attack is greatly reduced; and the chance of escaping from a mugging, a rape or an abduction attempt is greatly increased! Learning these safety skills does not promote violence; rather, it enables one to avoid becoming a victim of violence and to minimize injury during a fall.
Tae Kwon Do is a way of life.
Students are encouraged to live according to the tenants of Tae Kwon Do.
The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do
Courtesy: To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Taekwondo students and instructors should be polite, and show consideration for others.
Integrity: To be honest and good. Taekwondo practitioners should live by a code of moral values and principles
Perseverance: To never give up in the pursuit of one's goals. Students should welcome challenges, because challenges cause us to grow and improve.
Self-Control: To have control of your body and mind. A Taekwondo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
Indomitable Spirit: To have courage in the face of adversity. A Taekwondo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another.
Tae Kwon Do is excellent exercise.
When exercise is done consistently, invaluable physical and mental improvements occur. Students develop real and lasting self-confidence. Taekwondo students do exercises which develop strength, flexibility, endurance, speed, balance, memory, concentration, coordination and self-control; to name a few. One of the keys to the success of Taekwondo is that the exercises are fun, the students see results, and they are inspired to do more.
Tae Kwon Do Training Develops Self-Confidence
Success in a personal development program, such as a Taekwondo class, where the students experience noticeable increases in strength, flexibility, memory, coordination, and self-defense skills, as the result of a dedicated effort, is an excellent foundation for self-confidence. It is self-confidence based on physical and mental self-improvement, as opposed to self-confidence based on one's athletic performance. This self-confidence is deep; it is not subject to the results of tomorrow's game. It is not reserved for the best players on the team; it is available to everyone, because everyone experiences improvement with Taekwondo training
Taekwondo means "The Way of Fist and Foot Fighting." Although an ancient and once secret Korean art of weaponless self-defense, it is now a Korean sport in which either two persons practice methods of unarmed fighting or one person can exercise for both physical fitness and self-defense. Still primarily a defensive art of self-protection, Taekwondo has in the past two decades also rapidly developed as an injury-free international competitive sport that resembles a composite of the French foot fighting known as Savate and boxing. Technically, it is a unique style of Oriental martial arts combining Korean foot techniques with Chinese hand techniques.
The Taekwondo student has through many years of tedious daily practice developed their feet and body into hidden weapons of defense. They can respond with lightning-like speed and explosive force should they be physically attacked. Taekwondo has been called the ultimate in self-defense because it trains reflexes so keen and accurate that students can effectively defend themselves from attack by multiple assailants, yet they are also able to spar vigorously with fellow student without heavy protective garments and in complete safety.
Unlike most other sporting activities, Taekwondo promotes the improved formation of one's character. In the friendly yet competitive atmosphere of this amazing art form, students workout, sweat, and put out their all together, pushing each other to their upper potential and beyond - 100%, 150%, 200%, or more. Flexibility and agility are essential.
The Taekwondo master teaches the importance of both physical and mental conditioning by building up his student's self-confidence, self-respect, and self-discipline. The dance-like rhythm of this incredible art, especially during form practice, is a pleasure to watch. When free-sparring, punches and kicks are pulled and good technique is shown; moreover, this is not to be a bloody street brawl. After workout, not only does one's heartbeat and breathing rate need to be slowed, but also one's spirit needs to be calmed through meditation.
Although knowing valuable self-defense skills generates a tremendous sense of security, the true martial artist should be able to walk away from potential or threatening fight situations without a loss of self-esteem; moreover, ego gratification is never required.
Ultimately, the sound mind in a sound body will succeed at its life's calling.
We at Self Defense America, can help you successful when you study with us.
This class is for students ages 6 and up. The students learn the basics in, balance, stances, kicks, Blocks, strikes, Forms (Kata) and Self-defense techniques. The have regular lessons in life and leadership skills. This class is the foundation for all other techniques learned.
At this level the strikes and kicks are becoming more demanding and require for focus. Students are still working on stances and body position. They are learning self-defense for confidence. This class moves at a faster pace than the beginners. With new forms (katas) and students are now sparring. These students will need to purchase sparring gear. They are also learning from our Life and Leadership skills, also the Character for Kids.
Students with Brown, red, and Black belts work on advance techniques, advance kata's (Forms) and weapons. Red and Black belts are required also the assist with beginners and intermediate students. We require this so they are now learning how to be instructors themselves and spread the knowledge which they have learned. In turn they learn patience, self-control, and courtesy.