Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. There are multiple interpretations of the name Taekwondo. Taekwondo is often translated as 'the way of hand and foot.'
Tae = 'Foot' or 'to kick' or 'to jump'
K'won = 'Fist' or 'to strike or block with hand'
Do = 'The way of' or 'art'
Put this together and Taekwondo means: "The art of kicking and punching" or "The art of unarmed combat."
Disciplines of Taekwondo
Taekwondo has four disciplines:
It is the combination of these four disciplines that make the art of Taekwondo.
Tenets of Taekwondo
A tenet is a principle or doctrine that a person holds or maintains as true. The Tenets of Taekwondo go to the very roots of the Art, that of the positive development of the total individual.
The five tenets of Taekwondo should serve as a guide to become a true student of the art:
Respect (Ye Ul) - Respect others as you would want to be respected.
Integrity (Yom Chi) - To have integrity is to be honest with yourself and others.
Perseverance (In Nae) - Patience leads to virtue or merit. To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal then constantly persevere, never give up no matter how long it takes. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader in Taekwondo is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.
Self-Control (Guk Gi) - Control oneself physically and mentally at all times and think before you act.
Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool) - Unconquerable spirit that comes from within and when near exhaustion, you reach inside yourself to find that last bit of strength.