GM Jong Soo Park - training in hanbokWHAT IS TAE KWON-DO?

Jong Soo ParkTae Kwon-Do is the modernized way of an old oriental art of self-defence, or unarmed combat. It was first heard of 1300 years ago in Korea when it was called Taek Kyon. It was a form of foot fighting that, through the centuries, hand techniques were introduced. The combination of both became known as Tae Kwon-Do. In the more advanced techniques, the use of the legs is still more important. This makes Tae Kwon-Do more effective and spectacular than other oriental self-defence arts since the legs can develop more power and reach farther than the hands.


The Korean word “TAE” means kicking, jumping, stepping or flying of the feet. “KWON” means punching, striking, or beating of hands or fists. “DO” means art, technique, or way. To put it simply, Tae Kwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat, designed for the purpose of self-defence. Though it is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art, from the sensationalist. Of course, wrongly applied, Tae Kwon-Do can be a lethal weapon, therefore, mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.


The following are the cornerstones of Tae Kwon-Do and the guidelines by which all serious students of this are are encouraged to live:

  • Be willing to go where the going may be tough and do the things that are worth doing even though they are difficult.
  • Be gentle to the weak and tough to the strong.
  • Be content with what you have in money and position, but never in skills.
  • Always finish what you begin, be it large or small.
  • Be a willing teacher to anyone regardless of religion, race or ideology.
  • Never yield to repression or threat in the pursuit of a noble cause.
  • Teach attitude and skill with action rather than words.
  • Always be yourself even though your circumstances may change.
  • Be the eternal teacher who teaches with the body when young, with words when old, and by moral precept even after death.


  • To build ourselves physically and mentally based on the Tae Kwon-Do spirit.
  • To keep friendship with one another and to be a strong group.
  • To never fight to achieve selfish ends.