WHAT IS TAEKWON-DO?
Tae Kwon-Do is the modernized way of an old oriental art of self-defence, or unarmed combat. It was first heard of 1300 years ago in Korea when it was called Taek Kyon. It was a form of foot fighting that, through the centuries, hand techniques were introduced. The combination of both became known as Tae Kwon-Do. In the more advanced techniques, the use of the legs is still more important. This makes Taekwon-Do more effective and spectacular than other oriental self-defence arts since the legs can develop more power and reach farther than the hands.
THE MEANING OF TAEKWON-DO
The Korean word "TAE" means kicking, jumping, stepping or flying of the feet. "KWON" means punching, striking, or beating of hands or fists. "DO" means art, technique, or way. To put it simply, Taekwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat, designed for the purpose of self-defence. Though it is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art, from the sensationalist. Of course, wrongly applied, Tae Kwon-Do can be a lethal weapon, therefore, mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.