Taekwondo, meaning "the Way of the Foot and Hand", is based on ancient Korean martial arts like Soo bak and Tae kyun, which date back over 2,000 years. Taekwondo also has influence from Japanese hard, linear movements and Chinese soft, circular movements. However, Taekwondo is known for its devastating power, graceful flowing techniques and strict discipline. Children develop self-discipline, confidence, fitness and defense skills through the regular study and practice of Taekwondo, often considered "Super Karate"!
On April 11, 1955 Taekwondo was officially given its name by General Choi Hong Hi (pronounced: Chay Hahng Hee). Therefore, General Choi is considered to be the "Father of Taekwondo." General Choi combined elements of Taekyun and Shotokan Karate to develop a martial art that he called "Taekwon-Do". He founded the "Oh Do Kwan" style of Taekwondo ("Style of My Way") and held an honorary 4th Dan (Degree) ranking in the Chung Do Kwan. During the late 1950's and 1960's, he and Master Nam Tae Hi led the original Masters of Taekwondo in developing "new" Taekwon-Do forms to instill Korean pride and identity, to "modernize" the forms and training protocols and in promoting their martial art around the world. His dream during the later years of his lifetime was to unite Korea and its people and the various factions within Taekwondo. General Choi influenced countless Masters, Instructors and students of Taekwondo around the world with his vision, insight and determination!
November 9, 1918 - June 15, 2002
We practice "traditional" Taekwondo with a synergistic blend of training with jujitsu/joint locks, pressure points/leverage, traditional weapons and philosophy. Our focus is to develop each student's mental capactiy, as well as their physcial abilities...to create a good, ethical, contributing member of society!
Explanation of the "TENETS OF TAEKWONDO"
Taekwondo students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others. Students should address instructors as Sir or Ma'am and to bow to the instructors before and after classes. Turning up early or on time for classes is also an aspect of courtesy.
One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Taekwondo students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles.
Perseverance means having patience; never giving up! One of the most important secrets of becoming a leader in Taekwondo is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance. Confucius said," One who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance."
Without self-control, a Taekwondo student is just like any fighter in the street. Loss of self-control is disastrous both in sparring and personal affairs. "The term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else", Lao Tzu.
5. INDOMITABLE SPIRIT
A true student of Taekwondo will never give up, not even when faced with insurmountable odds. The most difficult goals can be achieved with an indomitable spirit; a non-quitting spirit. Through this "Taekwondo spirit" students become brave, determined, and impossible to defeat or frighten!
As a student of Taekwondo matures with age and rank, philosophy and strategy become action. Success is achieved through consistent positive thoughts, action and follow through. Repetition becomes habit. Taekwondo students strive to earn success through good habits.
OATH OF TAEKWONDO
I SHALL OBSERVE THE TENETS OF TAEKWONDO
I SHALL RESPECT INSTRUCTORS AND SENIOR STUDENTS
I SHALL NEVER MISUSE TAEKWONDO
I WILL BE A CHAMPION OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE
I WILL BUILD A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD
UIDO TAEKWONDO OATH
I will Practice with the Taekwondo Spirit,
COURTESY for fellow students,
INTEGRITY within myself,
PERSEVERANCE to overcome obstacles,
SELF-CONTROL in my thoughts and actions,
And INDOMITABLE SPIRIT to achieve my goals.
I will Live in the Taekwondo Spirit,
HUMILITY to be confident and kind,
GRATITUDE for all good things in life,
COMPASSION to help others in need;
And…as I Live and Practice with the Taekwondo Spirit,
I will achieve VICTORY in all I do!
THE AIM CODE
I am effective, efficient and ready to take action!
My Attitude drives me to succeed,
My Intent focuses my goals,
My Motion brings immediate results!
AIM is my focus... My Focus Determines My Reality!