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Definition of “Tae Kwon Do”

Definition of “Tae Kwon Do”

Literally translated, the Korean word TAE means to “kick with the foot.” The word KWON implies “a hand or fist to block, punch, or strike.” The word DO mean an “art” or “way.” Therefore, Tae Kwon Do means “the art of kicking, blocking, and punching.” You will learn, however, that Tae Kwon Do is not merely a physical fighting skill; it is also a way of thought and life.

Through disciplined training, Tae Kwon Do improves both the mind and body, placing great emphasis on the development of personal character. Students are taught that self-control, self-discipline, kindness, and honesty must accompany their increased physical strength and ability.