Tae Kwon Do develops and combines Physical and mental abilities. MENTAL: Self Control, Confidence, Discipline, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit,
Integrity and Direction. PHYSICAL: Self defence, Olympic sport training, Exercise, Flexibility, Competitiveness, Weight control and Coordination.
* Tae Kwon Do is an ancient martial art that has developed into a new Olympic sport.
* Children 10 and up.
* Adult Co-ed classes.
* Advanced Black Belt Classes.
* Meaningful Exercise
* Current Ages 10-70.
Master Han Kyu Yoon
(8th Degree Black Belt)
* Instructing since 1968.
* Korean National Champion '69.
* Police Department TKD Instructor.
* Military Academy Instructor.
* Korean Army Instructor
- Tiger Dev. in Viet Nam.
* One of the few Instructors who
- teaches at all levels.
Todays Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do originated about 2000 years ago, under various names. Developed and modified through the centuries, it still remains the traditional and
inherent Korean martial art. From the evidence of historical literature, Tae Kwon Do was used as a means of weaponless self defense. It was organized
into efficient movements and passed from one generation to the next, throughout the unification of the kingdoms of Korea.
Officially, Tae Kwon Do was formed April 11, 1955 at the legal naming committee when General Hong Hi Choi (President of the International Tae Kwon
Do Federation) proposed the name Tae Kwon Do and it was unanimously approved. Subsequently, Syngman Rhee, President of Korea (1948-1960),
declared the 11th day of April Tae Kwon Do day.
The Korean Tae Kwon Do Federation was formed in 1961, and in 1972 under President Park’s leadership, Kuk-Ki Won was established. The World Tae
Kwon Do Federation was formed in 1973 by Mr. Un Y. Kim. Thereafter, Tae Kwon Do joined GAISF and CISM in 1975 and 1976 respectively. Finally, in
1980 Tae Kwon Do was officially acknowledged by the international Olympic Committee, selected to be one of the sports events in the Pan-Am Games
in 1983. Tae Kwon Do was one of the most popular contests in the 1986 Asian Games and in the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics as an exhibition event.
Tae Kwon Do is a very special physical exercise that uses hands and feet in harmony with all the muscles and joints to create the techniques and power
of the body. It is also a mental discipline of precise movements using one’s hands and feet as valuable tools of self defense. Thus, the conditioning and
training of the body and mind is very important.
If we translate Tae Kwon Do word for word in Korean, TAE means feet, KWON means fist and DO means the way of humanity through mental training.
Tae Kwon Do was developed as a systemized, efficient utilization of the feet to jump and kick and the hands to punch, block and strike, in order for a
person to defend himself from an attacker without the use of weapons. In addition to self defense techniques, Tae Kwon Do also teaches one to acquire
great mental discipline and self respect.
The general training program of Tae Kwon Do is organized into the following routine of mental and physical exercise:
Warm-ups, to allow the body to become flexible and to clear the mind from the stress of the day.
Basic stances, punches, blocks and kicks are then practiced to train the body, hands and feet to be used as weapons of self defense.
Forms, called Hyungs in Korean, are the series of precise movements to self defense handed down through the centuries. These complex patterns
require all of the student’s mental and physical concentration and are a benchmark of the student’s progress in the art of Tae kwon Do.
Free sparing, or he adept, teach fighting techniques without contacting an opponent full force, is the culmination of the general training program. Since
the actual sparing may be very dangerous, it is performed under close supervision with protective equipment which allows light, but not harmful contact.
It is this aspect of Tae Kwon Do which has evolved into the exciting sports event, with tournaments being held all over the world.
Bricks, concrete slabs, and wood boards are used to measure the power of hand and foot breaking techniques, because the intensive training of the
hands and feet can be too powerful to be tested on the human body. These breaking techniques provide for exciting and spectacular Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do represents more than just a method of self defense. This ancient art instills a concept and spirit of strict self imposed discipline and an
ideal of noble culture and character, which our civilization has chosen to ignore for the more materialistic gratification. Thus, the training purpose is not
only to provide for the physical and mental development of an individual, but also to simulate the spiritual and idealistic attitudes, in order to establish a
more peaceful and moral human society.
|My Life Tae Kwon Do
Under high skies of Colorado Rocky Mountains
A Korean planted the spirit of Tae Kwon Do
Dressed in full uniforme, finnishing his class
students sounding off soar to the sky
Ten years of imigration life with martial art
Like changing mountains and rivers
My hairs turn white
Under clear sky of high country Colorado
Spirit of Korean martial art is planted
Looking down at the city of Denver from Rocky Mountains
Sounds of training roar to the sky
Home away life ten years with my martial art
My youth cannot be found
The beauty of land changed