Tae Kwon Do is action philosophy. It is the Korean art of self-defense. Literally translated, TAE means kick or to strike with the foot, KWON means fist or to strike with the hand, DO means discipline or art. It is much more than the image of the martial arts physical aspect. It is designed as a non-violent art and system of complete body exercises as well as being a way of life. It includes physical techniques, mental discipline, and a deep philosophy. By practicing Tae Kwon Do, one can benefit in these ways. Tae Kwon Do is the world's most widely practice martial art. It is an Olympic sport, an artistic discipline, a system of self-defense, and a way of life.
예의(Courtesy): To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Taekwondo students and instructors should be polite, and show consideration for others.
염치(Integrity): To be honest and good. Taekwondo practitioners should live by a code of moral values and principles.
인내(Perseverance): To never give up in the pursuit of one's goals. Students should welcome challenges, because challenges cause us to grow and improve.
극기(Self-Control): To have control of your body and mind. A Taekwondo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
백절불굴(Indomitable Spirit): To have courage in the face of adversity. A Taekwondo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another.
Students are encouraged to live according to the tenants of Tae Kwon Do. One of the most important aspects of this sport is showing respect. Respect is exhibited by bowing in the training area to the flags on the wall and to the instructor at the beginning and end of each class, and to a partner before and after sparring. It is also extremely important that the body remain limber yet strong in order to perform techniques effectively and to avoid injury. Therefore, warm-up exercises may take up to one third of the class time.