Building Character with Tae Kwon Do
The martial arts are as much a mind and spiritual practice as they are a physical one. The art of Tae Kwon Do embody the connection between body and mind through its diverse self-defense techniques and its emphasis on creating a more disciplined and moral world. Students of Tae Kwon Do are guided by a set of core principles that encourage physical, social and mental development inside and outside the studio.
As the traditional martial art of Korea, Tae Kwon Do has existed in some form for over 2000 years. The literal translation of Tae Kwon Do perfectly describes the primary elements of the practice: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand) and Do (art). It focuses more on kicks than most other forms of martial arts, making it an ideal way to improve balance, flexibility and endurance.
On its own or combined with other forms of martial arts, the Tae Kwon Do skills of foot kicks and jumps and hand punches, blocks and strikes make for a highly effective self-defense system that can give you the upper hand in any threatening situation. At SwiftKick San Diego, we incorporate these effective Tae Kwon Do skills with other martial arts modalities to provide the most comprehensive and functional martial arts and self-defense training systems around.
The Core Principles of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is known as one of the most diverse martial arts practiced today. More than just a fighting sport, students learn how to create a sense of community, accomplishment and a greater awareness of their body and how to use it. Once becoming a student of the martial arts, you immediately join a community that strives to better itself and create a group of individuals to support you in your journey, and you in theirs.
Tae Kwon Do has maintained core principles known as the “Five Tenants of Tae Kwon Do.” The five tenants of Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit are summed up by the “Tae Kwon Do Student Oath”:
- I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do.
- I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
- I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do.
- I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
- I shall build a more peaceful world.
Top Benefits of Tae Kwon Do Training
Along with seeking physical strength and stamina through the discipline of Tae Kwon Do, students will benefit in many other ways that will have a direct, positive impact in their lives.
As an effective cardiovascular workout, Tae Kwon Do training helps students to improve their fitness, lose fat, tone their muscles and increase their stamina and flexibility.
Studies have shown that exercise, and especially martial arts that emphasize specific body movements and positions, help children and adults improve their ability to concentrate and pay attention consistently.
The ability to protect yourself is one of the primary reasons why San Diego residents choose to practice the martial arts. Tae Kwon Do teaches men, women and children how to be prepared for any threat and ready to subdue an attacker at any time.
There is a great sense of confidence in knowing that you can defend yourself and your loved ones if and when the time comes. Tae Kwon Do training gives students the physical techniques and strength they need to act, as well as the mental attitude to move with self-assurance and fearlessness.
Tae Kwon Do is known for creating a positive, supportive and encouraging environment for students of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. SwiftKick Martial Arts San Diego prides itself on its ability to provide an approachable and fun learning atmosphere that produces results.
Ready to begin your martial arts journey?
If you want more than just a gym, explore the functional mixed martial arts and combat self-defense programs at SwiftKick Martial Arts. We proudly serve North County San Diego by providing the most effective, practical, comprehensive martial arts training. Not only will you achieve success on and off the mat, but you will also enjoy the supportive and fun environment we create for all our students.