The Art of Taekwondo and the ITF style


Taekwondo in Korean The five Tenets of Taekwondo

What is Taekwondo? and what is it all about?

Taekwondo is a martial art founded in the traditions and history of korea. It brings physical, mental, and spiritual oneness to a person, naming just a few of the benefits provided by practicing.

Apart from bringing ones being into harmony it instills the student with discipline. Mentally it brings focus by teaching the student to block out what is around them and quiet the mind. As well as focus, the student gains much in confidence and self worth. Respect for the master, the teachers, and all other students is greatly emphasized. The physical discipline can be seen in the way a student becomes stronger and more agile as they progress, able to execute difficult strikes with tremendous force with ease. Able to exert themselves physically more and more with each rank, students also gain a large measure of stamina. Bringing the mind and body together inevitably leads to a sense of wholeness adding to the spirit of a person.

All these benefits of training will carry out into the students life outside of the dojang. They become more productive in life. They strive harder to acheive their goals. They have respect for those around them at all times. Such is expected of the students of any masters dojang.

A student starts off as a white belt. At the masters discretion the student is allowed to rank to the next belt level if all requirements are met. If the master doesn't feel the student has worked hard enough, or if the student cannot display the necessary skills and knowledge the master may make them train more before a belt testing. The average student takes anywhere from 6 to 10 years, depending on the student, to reach the rank of first dan black belt.

Yin Yang