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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A STUDENT OF TAE KWON DO

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TAE KWON DO OATH

As a student of Tae Kwon Do, I do solemnly pledge to abide by the rules and regulations of the Tae Kwon Do association. To strive always to be modest, courteous and respectful to all my members, in particular my seniors. To put the art into use only for self-defence or defence of the weak and never to abuse my knowledge of the art.

 

THE 5 TENETS OF TAE KWON DO

COURTESY

Tae Kwon Do students should attempt to practice the following elements of etiquette:

  • To promote the spirit of mutual concessions.
  • To be ashamed of one’s vice contempting that of other’s
  • To be polite to one another
  • To encourage the sense of justice
  • To distinguish the Instructor from student and senior from junior

INTEGRITY

In Tae Kwon Do, the word integrity assumes a looser definition than the one usually presented in Weber’s dictionary. One must be able to define right from wrong, and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt.

PERSEVERANCE

There is an old Oriental saying “Patience leads to virtue or merit. One can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times”. Certainly happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person. To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal then constantly persevere. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of Tae Kwon Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.

SELF CONTROL

This tenet is extremely important inside the Do-Jang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one’s personal affairs. A loss of self control in free sparring can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one’s capability or sphere is also a lack of self control.

INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

“Here lie 300 who did their duty”, a simple epitaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind. Although facing the superior forces of Xerxes, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopia showed the world the meaning of Indomitable Spirit. It is shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. A serious student of Tae Kwon Do will at all times deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all, and with Indomitable Spirit, regardless of whosoever and however many the number be.

  

THE TAE KWON DO WAY OF LIFE

Tae Kwon Do is a sport, a martial art, a way of life, and a tool for social development.

General Choi Hong Hi believed through the philosophy of Tae Kwon Do that we could make the world a more peaceful place. In a time where much is corrupt it is hard for one to find their own way, to tell right from wrong, or to even resist temptation into doing that which they believe is wrong. Tae Kwon Do’s philosophy aims not to occur only in the Dojang (designated training area) but in all areas of one’s life.

Tae Kwon Do’s philosophy can be mainly summed up by two things, the OATH, and the TENANTS.

Fundamental Values

Practitioners of Tae Kwon Do (TAE KWON DO) recognize that they are forever students of our Founder, General Choi Hong Hi. The TAGB and its affiliated organizations will strengthen and promote the legacy of General Choi as described in his Encyclopaedia of Tae Kwon Do, notably the twenty-four patterns and the philosophy.

 

PHILOSOPHY

I shall be a champion of justice and freedom.

I shall build a better and peaceful world.

By practicing Tae Kwon Do and living according to its fundamental values, we will become good citizens and be able to create a better world.

The development of the Tae Kwon Do philosophy by our Founder General Choi Hong Hi was influenced by oriental philosophers such as Confucius and Lao Tzu, by Buddhism, and by the philosophy of martial arts. However, the fundamental values as expressed in the tenets of Tae Kwon Do are universal.

In the Encyclopaedia of Tae Kwon Do, General Choi showed us how to find a harmonious balance between the physical and the mental.

 

OBJECTIVES OF OUR ORGANISATION

  • Promote and develop Tae Kwon Do as a means of building a better society on a foundation of peace, freedom, and justice
  • Improve the quality of Tae Kwon Do instruction by applying high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement
  • Establish and maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and conduct for all members of the TAGB
  • Coordinate TAGB Tae Kwon Do activities around the world
  • Resolve disagreements and conflicts between members
  • Operate Tae Kwon Do in countries around the globe without discrimination on any basis; this includes race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.

 

OUR PROMISE:

The TAGB belongs to all its members; it must work for its members and with its members to provide the services they need and want.

The TAGB and its affiliated organizations are always open to suggestions from members and encourage innovative ideas.

The TAGB and its affiliated organizations are and must remain free of all political influence.

All qualifications and promotions within the TAGB and its affiliated organizations will be attributed according to merit and in conformity with well established criteria.

The respect of hierarchy authority is an important principle in all martial arts. All members of TAGB will respect those who are their seniors in the organization, particularly their teacher. On the other hand, the seniors will treat their students and other juniors with respect and fairness.

YOUR FITNESS AND FLEXIBILITY

FITNESS

It’s hard to stay fit these days. With cars to drive everywhere and computers, internet and television to keep us entertained it is getting increasingly hard to keep ourselves in good health. The pressure of everyday life can also mean there is little time left to fit in exercise.

But did you know that by exercising you can…..

Maintain a healthier heart by reducing several cardiovascular risks, including high blood pressure.

Better manage stress, anxiety and even depression.

Strengthen your muscles and bones.

Help your lungs operate more efficiently.

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and therefore feel better about your appearance.

Have healthier body tissue.

Improve digestion, sleep and posture.

Make friends and meet new people.

 

EXCHANGE BODY FAT FOR LEAN TISSUE

Obesity is responsible for thousands of premature deaths a year in this country, and is a major contributory factor to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the UK

In a vigorous Tae Kwon Do session, it is estimated that you lose around 600 calories per hour.

TONE YOUR BODY

The movements and exercises in Tae Kwon Do are perfect for body toning;

Build a firm, muscular abdomen by twisting the trunk to execute kicks and counter balance.

Develop side of trunk and inner thigh muscles by performing high leg raises.

Develop lower abdomen, hips and thighs – especially good for women, and in particular to regain shape after pregnancy.

NOT JUST FOR KIDS

Statistics show activity levels decline steadily with age, and by their mid-50s few people take regular exercise at all.

Regular activity is MORE important as you get older as it helps you maintain mobility, mental well-being and consequently, your independence. There are people in Tae Kwon Do in their 50’s and 60’s whose fitness would shame a 20 year old. It’s never too late to start. It is a popular misconception that to be good at a sport you must start when you are young.

 

Those who start later in life still reap many rewards;

  • More energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Stable Weight
  • Improved circulation
  • Delayed aging through continued mobility

 

Flexibility

Flexibility, or the range of motion in our joints, is a main part of Tae Kwon Do. It varies greatly from joint to joint, and from person to person, but EVERYONE can improve with regular stretching.

Better flexibility means

  • Your fitness improves
  • You can more easily learn techniques and progress to more advanced techniques
  • Your muscles will feel less sore and tense through increased suppleness
  • You reduce your risk of injury to muscles, tendons and joints
  • Reduced stiffness in ligaments which can aid ailments such as arthritis

Stretching

Flexibility improves with regular stretching. Stretching should be performed at least three times a week and each stretch should be held for 15-30 seconds. Longer stretches are better as the muscle steadily becomes more relaxed in the stretch.

Stretching must always be in slow controlled movements and after a warm up. This warm up allows muscles to become more relaxed, which means

stretching becomes much easier and safer.
Stretching to increase flexibility is an important aspect of Tae Kwon Do training

Kicks

Tae Kwon Do is famed for its use of kicking techniques which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or southern styles of kung fu. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation.

Not Flexible?

Don’t be put off if you are not naturally flexible. Effective kicking techniques can be executed to low section targets. Correct technique can be taught and flexibility will improve steadily will regular stretching activities.