Tae Kwon Do

Overview

Tae Kwon Do is a modern martial art, characterized by it's fast, high and spinning kicks. There are multiple interpretations of the name 'Tae Kwon Do'. It is often translated as 'the way of hand and foot' or 'the way of kicking and punching'. It is literally translated as:

Tae = 'To strike or block with the foot' or 'to kick', it also means 'jump'

Kwon = 'Fist', 'to strike or block with hand'

Do = 'The way of' or 'art'.

Put this together and Tae Kwon Do means: "The art of Kicking and Punching" or "The art of unarmed combat".

History

Historians have established that Tae Kwon Do is the oldest form of martial art in the world, and that it began in Korea. Throughout the history of Korea, Tae Kwon Do has been called by several different names: Soobak, Soobakhee, Soobyuk, Takkyeon, Beekaksool, Soobyukta and Kwonbub. Tae Kwon Do has continued to grow and evolve as it was handed down from generation to generation. During the end of the Lee Dynasty and during the Japanese occupation of Korea, Tae Kwon Do appeared to fade away, but the Tae Kwon Do spirit in Korea never died. Tae Kwon Do started to revitalize itself with the restoration of Korea's independence after 36 years of Japanese occupation. Since that time, Tae Kwon Do has spread to almost every corner of the world. It has enriched lives, provided physical and spiritual discipline, and perpetuated a sense of tradition and values that are necessary for a strong society.

Rules / Ethics

These are some rules that students are expected to follow while in the training academy. By following these rules, students show their respect for their school, their masters, their fellow students, and themselves.

  1. All students must bow to the flags when entering or leaving the workout floor showing respect for the dojang.
  2. No talking in class. The student should raise his/her hand and wait to be recognized by the Instructor. The instructor should be addressed as "SIR" or "MA'AM" after the questions.
  3. No horse play in the dojang. Proper conduct is expected of every student in or out of the academy at all times.
  4. To prevent any injuries, no jewelry is to be worn in class.
  5. No gum chewing or eating in class or workout area.
  6. Students should keep all toe and fingernails trimmed.
  7. Students should answer with a "Yes Sir" or "Yes Ma'am when given orders by the Instructors, a "Thank You Sir" or "Thank You Ma'am" when corrected in a technique. This is a display of courtesy, one of the main aspects of all martial arts.
  8. Students awaiting their class should enter quickly, bow, remove shoes, and walk to the locker room.
  9. No shoes (unless official Tae Kwon Do sport shoes) are to be worn on the training floor.
  10. Coats and shoes should be placed in the locker room neatly.
  11. After using any training equipment, it should put neatly back in its place.
  12. While students wait for class to begin, they should warm up and stretch to prevent injury and tight muscles.
  13. Due to asthmatic students and students with allergies, please do not wear any cologne, hairspray or perfume and wear unscented deodorant to class.
  14. Always wear a clean dobok (school uniform) at all times. It is strongly recommended that uniforms and school tee-shirts are washed with a perfume and dye free detergent and fabric softener as to prevent staining and/or artificial fragrances.