In the last line of the Taekwondo Oath, students pledge, to build a more confident and peaceful world that sounds like a lot to ask from a martial art that teaches devastating strikes and kicks and originate as self defense for every day.
A traditional martial art is not simply about fighting. Nor is it merely a sport. The underlying premise of a sound martial art is that by practicing rigorous physical exercises, not only is one's body improved, but also one's mind and spirit.
Academy of Taekwondo and Hapkido defending against the attacks of invisible assailants from all directions. Each move in the pattern must be powerful and one rises in belt rank.
Academy of Taekwondo and Hapkido
defending against the attacks of invisible assailants from all directions. Each move in the pattern must be powerful and
one rises in belt rank.
Defending against the attacks of invisible assailants from all directions. Each move in the pattern must be powerful and one rises in belt rank.
There also is artistry in the flow of free sparring, the ingenuity of joint locks and throws and the creative force of board breaking. It is part of makes Taekwondo fun. Perfection is never possible, but the constant striving for the perfection via Taekwondo is rewarding in itself. Many students begin Taekwondo marveling at the ease at which advanced students perform complicated skills, thinking they will never be able to do those moves. And then in a few years, other new students are marveling at them.
THE MORAL CODE
1. Loyalty to Country: Our country allows for our existence, as we know it; we must insure that the country will go on forever, so we will go on forever; therefore, we must strive to be loyal.
2. Fidelity to Parents: Only our parents give us the gift of life and then sacrifice so that they might provide us with a better life than the one they knew, and only parents expect nothing in return. We must therefore honor our parents.
3. Marital Fidelity: Husband and wife should be considered one. Life without love has no dignity.
4. Brotherhood: A person who is considered your brother deserves to be helped, encouraged and treated with kindness by you and others.
5. Respect for Elders: There is no substitute for the experience of the old. They should be cared for and honored for what they have accomplished.
6. Respect for Teachers: The teacher must do his best for his students; in return the students will give him loyalty and respect.
7. Friendship: A friend is like a brother. We are at our best when we forget our troubles to help another.
8. Avoid killing living things: We should avoid killing living things whenever possible.
9. Strength: Inner strength is the key to real valor and makes men brave.
10. Finish what you start: Most importantly, finish whatever you start. Don't leave things hanging. Responsibility and freedom make a man.
The Moral Code has it's basis in the ancient Five Codes of Human Conduct which were the guiding principles in the lives of the legedary Hwarang warriors of Korea. The society of Hwa Rang Do("the way of the flowering manhood") was
founded by King Jin Heung, the 24th King of Silla. This elite group of warriors numbered between 200 and 1,000 at any given time. They were educated in many disciplines, including history, Confucian philosophy, ethics, Buddhist morality,
riding, archery, sword play, military tactics and, of course, taek kyon, the predecessor to TaeKwonDo.
It was originally showcase in the 1998 Seoul, Korea Olympics this also happens to be the first summer Olympics. Korea was only the second Asian country to ever host the Olympics. Korea at the time of this Olympics was in a state of political change. And some believe the heightened world attention helped to drive further changes
towards a democratic Korea.
Later, in the 2000 Sydney, Australia Olympics, Taekwondo become an official sport of the summer Olympics.
The world Taekwondo Federation is recognized by Korea as the official governing body for the sports and help to oversee Taekwondo in the Olympics.
Who tends to compete at a championship level?
In general approximately only 7% of Taekwondo practitioners practice sport fighting at the competitive level, whether is local, national or international.
This is simple because to be competitive specially at the high level require a high level of fitness,
confidence, flexibility and reaction time which unfortunately as many people will know deteriorates with age! Also many people do not have the certain mentality needed to be a successful Taekwondo competitor and so do not wish to participated. That is absolutely fine, everyone is an individual and can decide whether they want to compete or not. Even so, sparring training whatever you level, can definitely help improve your overall training especially if it is combined with traditional Takwondo.
Sport Taekwondo is an important part of public recognition.
Because of the Olympics money now gets pumped into the sport which it has never had before. The effect being that Taekwondo is now widely recognized and is no longer classed as a minority sport.
However, it is important that public also get a glimpse what the true martial art is.
The martial art is about discipline, control of body and mind and respect, therefore it is important that those students who only want to compete remember the true foundation of the martial art and don't just think about the sport, because the two are completely different entities.