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".
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.
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.