Taekwon-Do is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in the orient. Taekwon-Do became perfected in its present form in Korea.
Translation and meaning
Translated from Korean:-
‘Tae’ literally means to jump, kick or smash with the foot.
‘Kwon’ means a fist – chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.
‘Do’ means art, method or way.
The Tenants of Taekwon-Do
The five tenants of Taekwon-Do are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit.
Techniques and Skills
Taekwon-Do applies the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and interception with the hand and feet to the rapid destruction of the opponent.
To the Korean people Taekwon-Do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. It implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.
In these days of confrontation and intimidation, which seem to plague modern society, Taekwon-Do enables the unarmed person to possess a fine set of defensive skills and abilities to defend oneself in a confrontational situation.