Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and
scientific Korean traditional martial arts,
that teaches more than physical fighting
skills. It is a discipline that shows ways
of enhancing our spirit and life through
training our body and mind. Today, it has
become a global sport that has gained an
international reputation, and stands among
the official games in the Olympics.
It is composed of three parts as shown in
the English spelling, though it is one word
in Korean. "Tae" means "foot,"
"leg," or "to step on";
"Kwon" means "fist,"
or "fight"; and "Do"
means the "way" or "discipline."
If we put these three parts together, we
can see two important concepts behind "Tae
Taekwondo today is similar to the martial
arts in other Oriental countries and shares
some features with them, because in the course
of its evolution it has gained many different
styles that existed in the martial arts of
the countries surrounding Korea, like Japan
But Taekwondo is very different from many
such oriental martial arts. First, physically
it is very dynamic with active movements
that include a mirage of foot skills. Second,
the principle physical movements are in simpatico
with that of the mind and life as a whole.
Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another
Taekwondo can be characterized by unity:
the unity of body, mind, and life, and the
unity of the pose ["poomsae"] and
confrontation, and cracking down. When you
do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful
and synchronize your mind with your movements,
and extend this harmony to your life and
society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle
of physical movements, the principle of mind
training, and the principle of life become
one and the same. On the other hand, the
right poomsae lead to the right confrontation,
which will eventually produce great destructive
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GM David J. Harrell
8th Dan WTF
Kukkiwon Advisory Board Member
WTF Public Relations Committee
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