What does Tae Kwon Do
Taekwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat
designed for the purpose of self-defense.
It is more than just that, however. It is
the scientific use of the body in the method of
self-defense; a body that has gained the
ultimate use of its facilities through intensive
physical and mental training.
Translated literally "Tae" stands for jumping or
flying, to kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon"
denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy
with the hand or fist. "Do" means an art or way
The founder of Taekwon-Do: General
Choi Hong Hi
The date Taekwon-Do was founded: April
Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning
student who has no previous knowledge of
Signifies the Earth from which a plant
sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do
foundation is being laid.
Signifies the plant's growth as the
Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.
Signifies the Heaven, toward which the plant
matures into a towering tree as training in
danger, cautioning the student to exercise
control and warning the opponent to stay
Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the
maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It
also indicates the wearer's imperviousness
to darkness and fear.
I shall observe the
tenets of Taekwon-Do.
I shall respect the
instructor and seniors.
I shall never misuse
I shall be a champion
of freedom and justice.
I shall build a more
Korean Flag symbolizes much of the thought
and philosophy of the Orient. The symbol, and
sometimes the flag itself, is called T'ae Kuk.
Depicted on the
flag is a circle divided equally and locked in
perfect balance. The red section represents the
Yang (plus) and the blue section the Um (minus),
an ancient symbol of the universe which
originated in China. These two opposites express
the dualism of the cosmos: fire and water, day
and night, dark and light, construction and
destruction, masculine and feminine, active and
passive, heat and cold, plus and minus, and so
thought in the T'ae Kuk indicates that while
there is a constant movement within the sphere
of infinity, there are also balance and harmony.
Three bars at each
corner also carry the ideas of opposition and
balance. The three unbroken bars stand for
heaven; the opposite three broken bars represent
the earth; the two bars with a broken bar
in-between symbolize fire; the opposite is the
symbol of water.
Training Secrets of
To study the theory of power thoroughly.
To understand the purpose and method of each
To bring the movement of eyes, hands, feet
and breath into a single coordinated action.
To choose the appropriate attacking tool for
each vital spot.
To become familiar with the correct angle
and distance for attack and defense.
Keep both the arms and legs bent slightly
while the movement is in motion.
All movements must begin with a backward
motion with very few exceptions. However,
once the movement is in motion it should not
be stopped before reaching the target.
To create a sine wave during the movement by
utilizing the knee spring properly.
To exhale briefly at the moment of each blow
except a connecting motion.
Student / Do-Jang
Never tire of learning.
Set a good example for lower ranking
Acknowledge your rank is a privilege and
know you must earn it everyday.
Represent your Tae Kwon Do School with
Be loyal and respectful to your Instructor.
Some Text taken from
TAEKWON-DO Encyclopedia - By General Choi Hong
Central Tae Kwon Do Academy - Martial Arts / Self Defense