What is Taekwondo
Taekwondo is the traditional Korean martial art which translates as the “art” or “way” of foot and fist fighting. Even though its translation refers to a fighting art, Taekwondo training offers a myriad of benefits to its practitioners. Through introduction to habits of fitness and gross motor skills, students evolve mentally and physically through traditional, yet progressive training methods. As students begin to grasp the forms, self- defense and kicking and punching techniques, they improve in areas of coordination, fitness, focus, self-control and self confidence. Each individual becomes involved in their own personal process of development – inevitably, the beginning path of the martial artist.
Fitness and Taekwondo
Fitness can be more fun than you imagined and Taekwondo martial arts is one of the best ways to build all-round fitness while developing your motor skill such as agility, coordination and balance. Not only do you build confidence, focus and self-esteem, but you will learn to protect yourself too. No one is too young or old, too small or too big to start feeling good about themselves, and Hansoo Taekwondo has programs for everyone.
Why Martial Arts and NOT sports?
Taekwondo is a very different unique type of physical activity. It is not just physical strength or speed or winning. It is involves a much deeper component of mind. Even in the formulation of a young child’s brain, there is a sponge like ability to learn, understand and establish opinions, creativity and imagination. Children are driven by stories, what they see and may also feel that the winning ways of common sports is what life is all about. Unfortunately that is incorrect. It is different than sports in that it develops the person as an individual rather than a team. Life is not about a championship or shiny trophy. There is an expansiveness of the mind and when the introduction of essential life lessons and values is presented to them in a realistic way, there is learning and knowledge in preparation for the entry into life. As a young athlete I found coaches, but more often than not, mentor or leader. Having the true gift of training with an incredible wisdom-filled role model, Master Sang H. Kim, I learned that the joining of mind and body goes beyond winning games, championships or tournaments. The game is life and the challenge is our attitude and approach to our daily challenges an. Training Taekwondo can bring a student life lessons and tools for life. The Taekwondo journey is one that surpasses sports when the spikes, balls, gloves and trophies are stored away and a young adult needs to face the world with confidence, courage and good judgment.
Why Martial Arts AND sports?
The leadership qualities developed in Taekwondo training often results in practitioners being leaders and sometimes captains of their sports teams. The acquired and improved levels of balance, coordination, speed and power are the physical benefits and focus, patience, diligence and confidence are the mental benefits