US TaeKwonDo Academy Benefits

How Can Tae Kwon Do Make a Difference?

Tae Kwon Do is the ancient form of Korean martial arts and can be translated as “the art of hand and foot fighting.” However, it is much more than just kicking and punching. It is an action-philosophy. It was designed as a non-violent form of martial art, a system of entire body practice and a way of life. It includes building both physical and mental strength, and the deep philosophy embedded within this martial art can be used as a guide to improve character.
 
In today’s fast-paced society, many children are being neglected. They spend more time by themselves at home:  being alone, eating unhealthily and not participating in any physical activity. The lack of interaction and physical activity can be very harmful to children. It’s harder to teach children the value of setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Oftentimes, the satisfaction of a job well-done is overshadowed by a desire for instant gratification.
 
However, students of tae kwon do learn what it means to work hard. After all, earning a black belt often takes years: years of classes, years of practice and years of hard work. Children learn not only that hard work pays off, but that it really is the only way to be successful in life. At the same time, tae kwon do will help to instill in children its five tenets (listed below).
 
Five Tenets of Tae Kwon Do
 

  • Courtesy: showing respect to others; treating others the way you want to be treated. All students will have to behave during class. They will also say “yes/no-sir” and “yes/no-ma’am.” Children will also have to bow to all instructors and adults.
  • Integrity: learning that the truth is important; learning not to cheat. 
  • Perseverance: a “never-quit” attitude. Tae kwon do builds students’ self-confidence and helps teach the importance of continuous effort and hard work.
  • Self-Control: controlling actions and emotions when needed and learning the consequences of certain actions
  • Indomitable Spirit: building a positive attitude by providing an environment where the words “can’t” and “won’t” will never be used