Tae Kwon Do is an action philosophy.

It is the Korean martial art of self-defense.  Literally, Tae means Foot, Kwon means Hand, and Do means Art.  It is much more than the image of the martial art physical aspect.  It is designed as a nonviolent art and system of complete body exercise as well as being a way of life.  It includes physical techniques, mental disciplines, and a deep philosophy.

Incorporating these three aspects into one’s life will build for them the ability to be strong, to be humble, to be gentle, and to maintain self-respect.  Tae Kwon Do philosophy emphasizes good health, happiness, generosity, and a sense of values of freedom, justice, and peace.  All of these inspire both independence and coexistence.  Tae Kwon Do is an art for humanity.  It is a guide for the formation of outstanding character.  It is practiced as a modern world sport.  It is as useful as a contemporary universal philosophy.  Tae Kwon Do is the most beautiful and greatest martial arts in the world.

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5000 Linglestown Rd,
717-545-4221

Physically

One can develop good coordination, gain strength, increase flexibility, and improve cardiovascular conditioning.  From all of these physical practices, one can have a strong body.

Mentally

One can build self-confidence, gain better judgment, and improve self-control.  From all these mental disciplines, one can have a sound mind.

Philosophy

While developing a strong body and a sound mind, it is appropriate to learn the valuable philosophical tools and lessons in life offered by Tae Kwon Do:

Honesty and always standing for justice

Respect and help others

Being loyal and courteous

The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do

Courtesy

Taekwon-Do students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others.

Integrity

One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Taekwon-Do students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles.

Perseverance

Perseverance means having patience. One of the most important secrets of becoming a leader in Taekwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.

Self-Control

Without self-control, a Taekwon-Do student is just like any fighter in the street. Loss of self-control is disastrous both in sparring and personal affairs.

Indomitable Spirit

A true student of Taekwon-Do will never give up, not even when faced with insurmountable odds. The most difficult goals can be achieved with indomitable spirit.

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