General Introduction to Taekwon-Do

Taekwon-Do is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in Korea. It became perfected to its present form by General Choi Hong Hi, head of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces unarmed combat division for many years. It has been scientifically developed and modernised since its first introduction to the world on 11th April 1955.
Translated from the Korean Tae means "to jump, kick or smash with the foot." Kwon means "to punch, strike or smash with the fist." Do means "art, method, or way." In short it is the most powerful system of self-defence ever devised.
To the Korean people Taekwon-Do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. It also implies a way of life with a strong sway toward the more philosophical side, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.
In these days of violence and intimidation which seem to plague our modern society, Taekwon-Do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon with which to defend themselves. However, when wrongly applied, it can also be very dangerous.

International Taekwon-Do Oath

o I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
o I shall respect the Instructors and Seniors.
o I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.
o I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
o I shall build a more peaceful world.

Conduct in the Dojang

o Bow upon entering and leaving the Dojang at all times.
o Bow to the Instructor at a proper distance.
o Exchange greetings between students.
o Bow to the instructor upon forming a line.
o Recite the International Taekwon-Do Oath prior to training.
o Bow to the Instructor prior to dismissal.
o Always address Instructors and black belts as 'Sir.'
o Do not eat, drink, or smoke whilst wearing your dobok unless prior permission to do so has been granted by the Instructor.
o Do not speak unnecessarily before or during a session.
o Always hand objects to the Instructor with both hands


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