TAE KWON DO
Tae Kwon Do is a traditional martial art and an Olympic sport. It is an action philosophy and the Korean art of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do develops three key areas; mental discipline, physical abilities, and philosophy. Students will improve themselves mentally by building self-confidence, increasing concentration, and self-control. Physical training develops coordination, increased flexibility, and cardiovascular conditioning. Tae Kwon Do philosophy teaches respect for others, honesty, and perseverance.
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Tae Kwon Do Philosophy
Although the literal translation on Tae Kwon Do is "the way of the fist and foot", (Tae means "Foot", Kwon means "Fist" and Do means "the way") this is no more than a superficial translation. Do in Korean implies the philosophical approach to a way of life, a pathway to achieve enlightenment. The students of Tae Kwon Do, through rigorous physical training, improve themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.
Tae Kwon practitioners extend the art to all aspects of their life. Thus, Tae Kwon Do is not only an excellent method of self defense, but a way of life. Tae Kwon Do also teaches the importance of responsibility and honesty. The true Tae Kwon Do student is the one that knows how to behave in any place and at any time.
Respect, humility and a high sense of morality are also important teachings that all of those who practice Tae Kwon Do should learn. Respect could never be overstressed, because it is respect that maintains the healthy master-student relationship. Respect is an important subject in Tae Kwon Do and is expected from all students toward their parents, their nation, their master and fellow students, and in general toward all human beings.
Humility is a quality that all serious Tae Kwon Do students should posses. Although it is true that practicing the art of Tae Kwon Do boosts your self confidence, this should not convey the false sense of superiority. On the contrary, the good student should be humble and considerate. In the same way, the highest regard for morality and ethics should be observed by all Tae Kwon Do practitioners.