Tae Kwon Do’s five precepts are:
Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit
All students of the art are expected to live by these basic guidelines.
Physical benefits from the practice ofTae Kwon Do:
Tae Kwon Do is a form of oriental martial arts composed of diverse offensive and defensive movements in which one’s hands and feet are used as weapons. It employs both graceful movements and powerful quick techniques at once. It is helpful for balanced physical development. The practice of Tae Kwon Dohas the effect of increasing muscular power, springing power and improving the functions of heart and lung. All the movements of Tae Kwon Do require precision and speed at the same time. Rhythmic change between strength and restraint is also needed in the performance of its techniques.
Emotional benefits from the practice of Tae Kwon Do:
The “Do” in “Tae Kwon Do” means “the right way of doing something,” “the path of justice,” or “what is right.” The meaning of Tae Kwon do is roughly “the right way of fist and foot fighting.” Tae Kwon Do, however, has some philosophical implications other than mere techniques and skills of fighting. The word “right” means “when and where to fight for what cause and purpose” as well as “how to fight.”
Sincere Tae Kwon Do practitioners should always bear in mind that they must use their power and techniques for the great cause of resisting evil forces and defending the weak and the just. Reaching this state of righteousness and integrity will not be as difficult as it sounds, if we develop a tremendous power somewhere inside our body. Maintaining equanimity of mind and remaining restrained in critical situations are other respectable characteristics of the Tae Kwon Do person. Only those who posess inner strength can elect to avoid resorting to unnecessary violence, without a pain of conscience or disgrace of defeat. If you are a parent, give more thought about how much better it would be for our children to be educated in such a courageous atmosphere in their formative years!
In the course of Tae Kwon Do practice, children are sure to find themselvesmore self confident, armed with strengthened will power and free of petty envy or cowardice. Straightforwardness against the strong and magnanimity to the weak is the sign of a genuine Tae kwon Do person. Finally, they can enhance or regain a sense of firm control on their lives. This is a direct result from the physical training and mental development that they undertake during Tae Kwon Do practice.
It goes without saying that every kind of sports activities plays a role in forming “a sound mind in a sound body.” Tae Kwon Do especially sharpens the spirit of the martial person, an oriental version of western chivalry. The spirit of Tae Kwon Do is a philosophical guide toward a happy and healthy life, both physically and mentally.
And more benefits:
Tae Kwon Do is a system of complete body exercise as well as a way of life. It include physical techniques and mental discipline. Therefore, taking Tae Kwon Do is more significant than just learning how to fight and keep fit. There are many more reasons why Tae Kwon Do is an excellent hobby for men, women and children. Some of them include:
- Self Defense
Tae Kwon Do is an excellent way to learn how to protect oneself physically.
Tae Kwon Do is a fun, exciting, and challenging sport.
- Physical Fitness
Tae Kwon Do involves aerobic, strength, flexibility, coordination and balance training at the same time. It will help you achieve total athletic prowess. All activities are done with the instructor encouraging you to work at your own pace.
Tae Kwon Do is a formal, disciplined martial art that aids you in improving your self discipline.
Consistent training and stretching will help you develop much more limber muscles.
Tae Kwon Do provides an artistic outlet with Creative Outlet Poomsae(forms). These are beautiful, exciting to perform, and instructive.
Tae Kwon Do is fun to do and learn, by yourself or with your family.
Learning Tae Kwon Do means discovering Coordination – how to manipulate your body with grace, speed, and force.