A Little About Taekwondo
Taekwondo is believed to be one of the oldest Oriental arts of unarmed self-defense. In ancient times, the Korean people were forced to fight to protect or regain their independence from the Chinese, the Scytho-Siberians of Central Asia, the Mongol Hordes, the Marauders, and the armies of Japan. As a result, characteristics that serve as the source of Taekwondo were created in the Korean people. These consisted of a fierce warrior spirit, an intense national loyalty, and an indomitable will to survive.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Taekwondo was outlawed in Korea by the ruling occupiers of Japan. As a result, it was practiced secretly and kept alive. In 1945, when Korea was liberated from Japan, numerous individuals from Korea were interested in taking steps to revitalize the ancient and traditional martial art.
Taekwondo derived from other forms of martial arts, but uniquely has a style all its own. It is very different from other martial arts in a few select areas. First, Taekwondo is physically very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot-work skills. Second, the kicking action has progressed and continues to transform into an unmatched level of preeminence. Third, the principle physical movements are in relation to the mind and life as a whole.
Taekwondo has flourished and spread in popularity becoming the national sport of Korea. It has now become a global sport and has gained international recognition. It is included as part of the school curriculum from first grade through college and is required in the military. In July of 1980, at the Eighty-Third International Olympic Committee Session meeting in Moscow, the World Taekwondo Federation was granted IOC recognition and became a member of the Olympic Games. It was held as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Games in Korea and served officially as a full medal sport in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Taekwondo for your child:
Taekwondo is a total learning activity. Lessons are tailored to your child’s age and skill level. They begin by practicing basic movements & patterns; kicking, blocking, striking and punching are all a part of this form of self defense. The fundamental skills will increase your child’s physical coordination, flexibility, balance & mental dexterity. Taekwondo helps to develop a child’s athletic abilities and self awareness, as well as improves the child’s capabilities in self defense. Taekwondo also emphasizes a moral development. The self discipline that develops as a result of learning and practicing the techniques will carry over into other areas of the child’s life. School grades often improve as your child learns to focus on objective and working towards a goal. The Self Discipline & Self Respect which is developed will also provide your child with the skills and mindset necessary to resist “Peer Pressure.”
Taekwondo for adults:
Taekwondo for adults has many benefits from developing and maintaining a sound body & mind, as well as learning self defense. It will help strengthen the body and improve your health through physical exercise and conditioning. A gradual building process of safe and easy stretching techniques will enhance flexibility, while breathing and concentration exercises will sharpen reflexes and senses. These qualities are vital to a happier and longer life. As we get older we cannot forget that our physical health is the most important thing to enhance the quality of our life.