Questions & Answers
Many people who enter the world of martial arts are coming into a new situation of which they have no prior knowledge. They are even uncertain of exactly –“what questions" they may have! The following information is a general picture of TAE KWON DO., how one progresses through belt levels. Why it is a “whole person” martial art, and what types of benefits one can expect to attain. Through regular class attendance over a period of time, anyone, of any age or ability, can reach a higher quality of life
JUST WHAT DOES TAE KWON DO MEAN?
The words TAE KWON DO help to represent the whole person idea of this ancient martial art from Korea. TAE KWON is the body Part, DO is the mental part. Our goal is to use the "TAE KWON” to build up the "`DO". That is the oriental philosophy, called UmYang (YingYang), that is the foundation of this art. These parts work together to build the whole person, thereby the meaning of "TAE KWON DO". “TAE” means kicking or foot techniques. "KWON” means fist and involves punching/blocking or hand techniques. "DO" means "Way" and encompasses mental, spiritual. art, and the best way of living. Building up just the body part is a low level idea, where the body controls the mind. Building up the mental part allows one to reach a higher level idea, where the mind controls the body, Students of TAE KWON DO learn about the whole person that they are, not just one part or another. One can receive benefit, at the physical. mental, and spiritual levels through the practice of TAE KWON DO, in other words
WHERE IS TAE KWON DO IN THE WORLD?
The year 2004 marks a milestone in the world for TAE KWON DO. The Olympics, in Athens Greece will for the second time see TAE KWON DO as an Olympic medal division. While the `sport" is demonstrated in competition such as the Olympics the true nature of TAE KWON DO is that of a martial art which reaches into a persons character and pull out higher virtues in every day living. By the time a person reaches the black belt level, these qualities have become an intrinsic part of one's life. The medals of gold and silver are not tangibly held in the hand, they are held in the heart forever.
WHO CAN LEARN TAE KWON DO AND HOW HARD IS IT?
Anyone of any age. male or female. can learn TAE KWON DO. Different benefits are achieved at different levels. At the physical level, anybody can learn how to protect himself or herself, can lose weight, and get in good physical shape. At the mental and spiritual level one can reduce stress, increase endurance, self-esteem, concentration and focus. Additionally, an increased sense of humbleness and caring for others, is attained. This takes more time and is more difficult than the physical level alone. While fighting seems to be the initial goal. a greater ability to love is actually learned. Building a person real-life self-defense is building one who loves others, who controls anger, is unselfish, is respectful. and has patience for all.
WHO NEEDS TO WORK OUT?
EVERYBODY needs to have some type of physical fitness plan. however there are many people who especially need the benefits offered by TAE KWON DO. Children who have low self-esteem, are extremely shy, under emotional stress, who have discipline problems, high tempers, or who have attention problems can overcome these situations. Adults who are overstressed, having relationship problems, want to control bad habits (such as smoking), or who are in poor physical shape (overweight) can find that TAE KWON DO helps them to cope better and conquer these problems.
HOW DOES ONE PROGRESS IN TAE KWON DO?
Simply by corning into the instruction of TAE KWON DO, one has attained the level of white belt. The meaning of which is purity and the seal of a new beginning is planted. For some people this is a very big step. Whenever a person initiates something in his or here life that can cause life-long improvement, then that person has already reached a very important goal. By attending classes two or three times a week or more, a person begins to learn the virtues and ways of thinking like a true martial artist. Promotion tests in TAE KWON DO involve four areas of training. For each level, a demonstration of certain kicks and forms (patterns of movements), and sparing is required. The mental aspects are demonstrated by the breaking of' boards. The student progresses through a series of steps that become increasingly more technical and requiring more concentration than the one before. Testings are like a check-up to see what the student has learned and what direction needs to be taken next. The average person can build up a good foundation of self-defense in about twelve months. After about two to three years. altogether, one reaches the Black Belt level and the physical levels should be in firm grasp of the student. This is where one is observed more on the unobservable levels. Grand Master Shin has the expertise required to evaluate the student at this stage.
HOW MANY MORE QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE?
You will find, when you begin your practice of TAE KWON DO, that many more questions enter your mind. Whatever questions you may have, Grand Master Shin can answer. His knowledge and wisdom, which have been nurtured by his lifelong practice of this ancient art, are incomparable in the martial arts community. With more than 45 years devoted to TAE KWON DO, and 30 years of teaching it in America, Grand Master Shin can help you solve the mysteries of life that may puzzle and perplex you. He can promise you that TAE KWON DO will be the best friend of your life. He is always available to discuss any situation with a sensitive heart