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About Tae Kwon-Do

   
 
Tae Kwon-Do is a modern martial art developed into its present form by Major-General Choi Hong Hi just after the second World War. It has many influences derived from various fighting forms and disciplines, the main one being Shotokan Karate which the General studied (2nd Degree Black Belt) whilst in exile in Japan. The foundation of Tae Kwon-Do is the use of the hands and feet to swiftly overcome an attacker. South Korean Flag
   
 
    Tae means 'to kick' or 'smash with the feet'.
Symbols for Tae Kwon-Do   Kwon means 'to strike with the hands'.
  Do means 'the way of the art'.
     
   

Tae Kwon-Do was developed in Korea in the 1950’s and was inaugurated in South Korea on April 11th 1955. It subsequently spread to America, Europe and then worldwide, with the first championship in Seoul in 1973 and (since 1988) has been listed as an Olympic sport.

Tae Kwon-Do is more than just a fighting system. The practice and perseverance of training is intended to have a beneficial effect on your character. Therefore, no matter how skilled you may be at martial arts, a practitioners attitude is one of the most important factors in successful training. The following are some of the UK-TKD guidelines:.

- Never tire of learning (be eager to learn, ask questions).
- Always set a good example to lower ranking students.
- Always remember that your conduct reflects on the public image of Tae Kwon-Do.
- Never be disrespectful to your instructor or colleagues.
- Practice techniques you are taught and try to apply them.
- Ensure you aspire to show a good training record.

Given the high demands of Tae Kwon-Do on the abilities of each practitioner, there are, inevitably, times when a new technique cannot be immediately mastered. The practitioner who will eventually succeed is the one who keeps on trying with enough motivation to push through all training obstacles. Fear of using advanced techniques, sparring or destruction can also arise during training. A practitioner must first learn to defeat their own fears before they can expect to defeat others. This therefore leads into the 5 tenets of Tae Kwon-Do

Courtesy
Always be polite to instructors, seniors and fellow practitioners.

Integrity
Always be honest with yourself and know what is right and wrong.

Perseverance
Never stop trying to achieve a goal.

Self-Control
Never lose your temper as this can be dangerous.Live, work and train within your capabilities.

Indomitable Spirit
Show courage and stick to your guns even in the face of overwhelming odds.

 
     

 

 

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