08/21/2006

Taekwon-Do and its benefits

What is Taekwon-do?
 
Taekwon-Do is a modern Korean martial art, characterized by fast, high, jumping, spinning kicks, and quick footwork. It is an all-around program that offers self-defense training, physical exercise, and artistic expression; all taught by an experienced professional instructor.

Literally translated, Taekwon-Do breaks down to "tae" meaning to kick with the foot, "kwon" meaning to punch or strike with the hand, and "do" meaning art or way. Therefore, Taekwon-Do translates to "the art of kicking and punching." Its physical aspects come from the kicking and punching, while its spiritual aspects come from the art.

Although the literal translation of Taekwon-Do is the art of kicking and punching, it is only a superficial translation. "Do" in Korean implies a philosophical approach to life, a pathway to achieve enlightenment. Taekwon-Do is not only a method of self-defense, it is also a way of life. Students of Taekwon-Do, through rigorous physical training, try to improve themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. True Taekwondo practitioners extend the art to all aspects of their lives to achieve harmony with nature and a stable and peaceful existence.

Benefits of Taekwon-do

The practice of Taekwon-do helps to reduce tension and anxiety,  learn to control emotions, achieve physical fitness, improve mental discipline and emotional stability, develop self-defence skills, and respect and responsibility. Taekwondo helps practitioners to develop balance and harmony between their physical and moral selves. It stresses responsibility to self, family, community, and to society.

It improuves coordination, agility, flexibility, balance, muscular strength, and endurance. Taekwondo promotes a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy mixture of nutrition, training, and rest. Physical development also helps develop self-confidence.

Self-confidence is based on self-improvement, it comes from the feelings of self-worth that are derived from improving oneself. Belt advancement provides a means to document personal achievement. 

The moral benefits of Taekwondo include development of good character, self-control, humility, and a non-violent attitude. Taekwondo stresses showing respect for oneself, fellow students, instructors, parents, elders, and members of the public. Achieving proficiency in Taekwondo techniques demands patience, perseverance, and a desire for perfection.

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