Tae Kwon Do is an ancient Korean form of martial art developed 2,000 years ago as unarmed self defense. The philosophy behind Tae Kwon Do's meaning is that the practitioner should be able to stop an attacker immediately with one well focused punch, strike or kick to a vital area. This philosophy is clearly evident when observing a class or demonstration of Tae Kwon Do. The power and spirit they generate is awesome. A Tae Kwon Do practitioner can maintain his or her peace of mind by having confidence in one's self, without fear or fright.
The literal translation of the term “Tae-Kwon-Do” from the Korean to English defines the art simply but clearly as: 'Tae' means flying, kicking feet and referes to anything dealing with the lower body; 'Kwon' means punching and deals with anything involving the middle body or torso; and, 'Do' means the “way” and referes to the head which encompasses the philosophy and ideals of the martial art.
Training begins with basic movements such as blocking, punching, kicking and stances. Technique and control are emphasized over power. Punches and Kicks are pulled so that they do not make contact. This program is designed so that everyone is able to progress regardless of physical or mental capability. As training progresses, you will be developing speed, power, and flexibility. Mental discipline is encouraged and students are instructed to assume responsibility not only for themselves but also for their training partners. Even though students must still develop physically, they will develop mental discipline, concentration, patience and control.