What is Taekwondo?
Taekwon-Do simply means, the way of the foot and hand. In the 1940’s, General Choi Hong Hi, widely respected as the principle founder of the art, developed the art from the traditional Korean art of Taek Kyon and the Japanese discipline of Karate. His life’s work culminated in the Chang Hon system of teuls (forms) and the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
Taekwon-Do is best known for it’s aerial displays (jump kicks) and includes teuls (forms), sparring, board breaking and self-defense. Like Karate, Taekwon-Do is a “hard-style” martial art that includes a complex system of strikes, kicks and throws. Due to the “hard style” nature of Taekwon-Do, much emphasis is placed on balance and control and students are encouraged to be friends and classmates inside and outside the dojang.Learn more...
Taekwondo is a widely popular martial art in the United States with various styles and ways of teaching. Some consider it a sport while others remain committed to it as a true martial art. ITF Taekwon-Do holds to the principles on which the art was founded and combines physical activity with mental, spiritual and academic growth. Ranks are achieved through minimum requirements of time and effort.
For example: There are a total of twenty-four officially recognized patterns in the art of Taekwon-Do, representing the 24 hs.ours in a complete day, or one’s complete lifetime. The name, number of movements, and the pattern diagram or symbol for individual “teul” have specific importance. Each symbolizes factors such as a notable Korean King, an important heroic figure in Korean History, or an instance relating to a significant event in Korean History. Students “may” be required to memorize these and/or other facts during their test.
The five tenants of Taekwon-Do:
Courtesy (Ye-ui / 예의)
Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang (도장) (designated training area).
Integrity (Yeom-chi / 염치)
Although it may be similar, this form of integrity takes on a more wider role then defined in the common dictionary. In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right.
Perseverance (In-nae / 인내)
One will persevere time and time again until they have achieved a result, which is adequate towards what one was trying to achieve.
Self-control (Geuk-gi / 극기)
This means to not only have control over one’s physical acts, but also their mental thoughts and actions.
Indomitable spirit (Baek-jeol-bul-gul / 백절불굴)
To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.
Taekwon-Do is for students of all ages. Younger students are still learning how to life and co-exist in this world in a meaningful and positive way and we envision special classes for youth in the future dedicated to this growth. Until then, students between the ages of 6–12 must be accompanied by their parents.
Schedule and Cost
Tuesday & Thursday
5:00 p m– 5:50 pm ( All Ages )
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm ( Adults Only )
$110/month or $20/class