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The Benefits of Tae Kwon Do

When many people think about the martial arts the first thing that they think about is how it can teach a person self-defense skills. Being able to defend oneself against an attack is a very important thing and a very important skill to have. A person’s survival and well-being can count on it. Besides being a great way to learn self-defense skills there are many other reasons why a person might be interested in tae kwon do.

Tae kwon do has many benefits and it isn’t just about fighting and defending yourself. For children, tae kwon do can help them develop self-esteem, discipline and learning how to listen. If you take a look at many tae kwon do classes they instill a lot of values that children truly need to develop. Respect for your elders, learning how to take your time and being patient, learning how to participate with others, helping build others up as well as yourself and many things that children need to know.

Tae kwon do is also a great way to get into good physical shape. Tae kwon do is a wonderful workout and many people benefit from the health benefits that tae kwon do offers. With tae kwon do you learn a lot of different types of punches, kicks and cardiovascular exercise. All of these maneuvers help to develop the body into something that is strong, flexible and that has a ton of endurance.

Tae kwon do is also a martial art where a person is not likely to easily get injured while training it. Tae kwon do instructors know how to teach the various maneuvers in a very safe manner and when it comes to sparring safety equipment is worn and there are restrictions on the type of techniques that can be used. So it is a great way to learn self-defense, get fit, learn a lot of positive values without injuring oneself.

For someone who has children or for even an adult who wants to get off the couch and get into shape it is a very good martial art to learn. It will get you in to shape very fast, it will improve your confidence, you will meet a ton of like-minded people who are trying to achieve the same things for themselves and for their children. It is a great activity to do for the entire family. It teaches practical skills and it helps develop a person in a very good way.



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HAANG represents a frame. It is stable, simulating the parts of our lives that are basically unchanging and predictable. To illustrate, picture the rising of the sun and moon. They follow a specific pattern and we know, for instance, that the every 29 days the shape of the moon will be identical (whether full, new, waning crescent or waxing crescent). However we recognize that there is change within Haang. The moon changes shape, and the seasons change. However, these changes follow consistent patterns. Humans are very familiar. HAANG can represent the inevitable parts of life (birth and death) as well as the foundational structure of Martial Arts (basic mental and physical aspects)


BYUN represents change. The unexpected elements in our lives that occuror the variety that we pursue are examples of BYUN. We tend to seek outchange because without it life can be boring. An example is trying out all sorts of different hobbies or sports. The downside of excessive BYUN is that learning is more superficial. We become good at many things but masters of none. Even within Martial Arts, leaning too much on Byun can actually delay progress. It can be tempting to do sparring one day, Kigong the next, pad kicking the next, and so forth, instead of choosing one aspect and discovering subtle ways to improve on it.

The ideal combination is harmony (Taeguk) of both HAANG and BYUN. With true concentration and sincerity, one can find BYUN within HAANG. Even what seems routine often time is not if one observescarefully. No two sunsets are the same. No two snowflakes are identical. Every martial arts class is different if you increase your level of awareness.

Written by Master Yoo, JM
Edited by Hyun Sa Myung Duk (Drew Vanover) and Chun Shim (Carlos Stern)


Become Proficient at Tae Kwon Do From Home With These Tips


Tae kwon do has risen to become one of the most popular martial arts in the world. It originated in Korea after the Japanese occupation ended in 1945, and using techniques from traditional Korean martial arts, it has become synonymous with high flying, elaborate kicking techniques. It has been accepted as a competitive combat sport by the Olympics, along with boxing, judo, and wrestling. What is most exciting is that you can learn on your own from home, following these tips.

Training in Tae kwon do entails practicing certain prescribed techniques and counters, sparring with other students, practicing board breaking techniques, and pattern training. Patterns are established routines that include all the stances, movements, and techniques that allow practitioners to hone their skills on their own time.

While it is possible to train from home, it is highly recommended that you attend tae kwon do lessons when you first start learning, and at regular intervals to ensure that your knowledge and skills will progress appropriately. If you are unable to attend classes, try watching videos to better familiarize yourself with the proper execution of the techniques before trying them on your own.

Like all martial arts, Tae kwon do instruction is built around learning the basics first. Begin by practicing and perfecting your stances and footwork before moving on to beginning techniques like punches, kicks, and blocks. Practicing in front of a full-sized mirror can help you check your form if you do not have a knowledgeable partner to practice with. Repetition is the key to perfection.

Work on your patterns until you get them right. Patterns, known also as poomsae or hyung, are especially helpful if you train by yourself. Start with beginner patterns that use techniques appropriate for your skill level. You can find these online. Use a video camera or mirror to help you identify mistakes with your technique before moving on.

Whenever possible, train with a partner even if you can’t make it to a class. This will help keep both of you motivated to keep advancing, and allow you to train in different ways. Having a partner with you enables you to practice additional drills that you can’t do as well on your own, like blocking and countering.

Follow these tips and you’ll find much more success as you work to master the art of Tae kwon do. It takes a lot of work and dedication, but you can become proficient with Tae kwon do. Just remember to practice patience first, each technique that you perfect is a building block upon which subsequent techniques will be based.


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