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About TAEKWONDO

History of TAEKWONDO

TAEKWONDO was originated in Korea many centuries ago.  It can be traced to Tae-kyon, a primitive activity that consists of a form of kick & leg manoeuvring exercises & was taught to solders & military leaders.

 

During the Japanese occupation of Korea, Karate & Chinese Kung fu were introduced in Korea.  Thus enabling them to combine the Tae-kyon & the foreign art into one.

 

It was General Choi Hong Hee who unifies all forms of the art in 1956 & officially gave the name TAEKWONDO.

 

        Meaning of TAEKWONDO

Taekwondo, the Korean art of self-defense, is literally translated as “foot & fist way”.

 

Foot (Tae) : the use of kicking techniques is an important part of Taekwondo.  In fact, leg techniques, comprise about 70% of a Taekwondo practitioner’s arsenal.\

 

 

H& (Kwon) : Punches, chops, elbow strikes, & finger jabs make up the remaining 30%.

 

 

Although Taekwondo is very much about kicking, punching, self-defense, board breaking, & competition, it greatly transcends these physical boundaries.  It is a discipline of mind & body, a modern world sport, & a philosophy.

 

 

Benefits of TAEKWONDO

TAEKWONDO gain popularity both as a sport & a form of unarmed combat training throughout the world, supported by the fact that everyone young or old, men or women can practice this art regardless of physical strength or weight.  The virtues derived from incessant training is as follows:

 

ž    Self-defense

ž    Physical Fitness

ž    Mental Development

ž   Sportsmanship

 

Tenents of TAEKWONDO

Tenents of TAEKWONDO was introduced to cultivate better exponent:

'        Etiquette

'    Modesty

'        Perseverance

'        Self-control

'       Indomitable Spirit

 

 

TAEKWONDO grades

Grade

Colour

Pattern

Taeguek

W10

White

Basic Movement

W9

White

Basic Taeguek

 

Y8

Yellow

You

1

Y7

Yellow

Yi

2

G6

Green

Sam

3

G5

Green

Sa

4

B4

Blue

Oh

5

B3

Blue

Yook

6

B2

Brown

Chil

7

B1

Brown

Pa

8

1 Dan onwards

Black

 

 

 
 
Ground Rules of ZEN Taewondo Training Hall

[    Keep talking at a minimum during rest periods; don’t talk at all while class is in session

[    Use the minutes before practice begins & during breaks in the class to work on your TAEKWONDO

[    Show respect at all times for your instructor & fellow students

[    Outside of class, practice your TAEKWONDO skills in unprovocative settings.  Fighting outside of the class may be grounds for your dismissal, unless you are fighting for your life in a self-defense situation.

[    Loose-fitting clothing, long pants, a warm–up suit or a TAEKWONDO uniform is acceptable attire for training

[    When you purchase a TAEKWONDO uniform, ask your instructor demonstrate how to tie the belt

[    Remove all jewelry before you begin training, & be sure that your fingernails & toenails do not have any sharp edges

[    Don’t chew gum during practice

[    Wear a mouth guard & a protective groin guard for sparing

[    When you practice with a partner, strike with accuracy & control.  Good sporting behavior & courtesy are essential during sparring

[    Never criticize other marital arts styles or instructors.

 

 

 

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