TAE - means Kicking or Smashing with the foot.
KWON - means punching with the Fist.
DO- means art or method.
Combined, Tae Kwon Do means the art or method of punching and kicking.
Many people practice Tae Kwon Do as if it were either TAE Kwon Do
or Tae KWON Do , focusing on purely the physical aspects of the
art. Tae Kwon Do should however be written Tae Kwon DO because it
is an ART. It truly is an art closer to painting and music as it
is a form of self expression. TAE and KWON are merely the sport
aspects of the discipline. They will NOT LAST. DO on the other hand,
will live beyond the failing of the physical aspects of the body.
People practice Tae Kwon Do for a variety of reasons: Self Defense,
Relaxation, Health benefits, Fitness, Sport and a general sense
of well being.
Tae Kwon Do training enhances a persons flexibility, strength,
cardio vascular fitness and reflexes. It also works as a therapy
to soothe and calm a persons mind in today's stressful and competitive
world and promotes a general sense of well being.
Tae kwon Do training provides a complete workout to almost every
muscle in the human body as each session consists of stretching
to limber up and also consists of plyometrics and exercises such
as sit ups, squats and push ups which help in developing power in
Actual Taekwondo training is also very highly aerobic in nature
where students throw hundreds of kicks and punches with different
kinds of jumping techniques, self defense techniques, pre set patterns
called "Hyung or Poomse" in Korean along with pre set
One step sparring techniques. Tae Kwon Do students also engage in
Free Sparring, wearing full body armor for protection and safety.
This free sparring brings a student face to face with many emotions
as he/she learns to control and cope with the adrenaline rush and
the "Fight or Flight" feeling. A Tae Kwon Do school can
be best described as a Mini Cosmos, where students learn in a small
training hall about fear, anger, frustration, elation, and learn
best how to control all their emotions.
All this training then helps a Taekwondo student then deal better
with life outside the Dojang.
An Instructor is more of a guide than a dictator, helping the student
all the time through his/her journey in Taekwondo. This is a never
ending journey and every sincere and serious student is always in
the pursuit of perfection and self knowledge. He/she finally realizes
that they only have themselves to battle and compete against, rising
above ego and becoming one with the self.