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      Taekwondo – What you need to know

      Everything included in this page can and will be learned in class although at home study and practice of these items will make it easier to focus and learn the techniques and forms taught in class. We will cover the basics of counting in Korean, the types of classes we offer, the different belts, and the tenets of Taekwondo.

      Counting in Korean

      • 1. Hana (Ha-na)
      • 2. Dul (Dool)
      • 3. Set (Set)
      • 4. Net (Net)
      • 5. Dasot (Da-So)
      • 6. Yasot (Ya-So)
      • 7. Ilgup (Eel-Go)
      • 8. Yodol (Yo-Dole)
      • 9. Ahop (A-Hope)
      • 10. Yuel (Yole)

      You can count further (to 20) by simply adding Yuel (Yole) to the beginning of any number 1-9. Example: Yuel Hana(Yole-Ha-Na) would be 21.

      The Tenants of Taekwondo

      At the end of every training session the teacher will address the students and the students are expected to recite the tenants of taekwondo.

      “As a dedicated student of the martial arts, I will live my life by the principals of black belt! Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit!”

      The History of Taekwondo

      Taekwondo is an activity that is suitable for everyone. It is a martial art and an art of self-defense that has been turned into an international and Olympic sport while maintaining its essence as a martial art. The practice of Taekwondo improves health, fitness, physical balance, agility, poise and an alertness of mind. Taekwondo also develops self-confidence and discipline as a person progresses and learns skills of self-defense and offense to repel or beat off an aggressor using bare hands, fists, elbows, knees, feet, grappling, throwing, and locking techniques. Healthy bodies make people active and powerful. Such discipline, self-confidence, and knowledge are beneficial to the life of individuals as well as their families and neighbors.

      Taekwondo literally means the “art of hands and feet fighting” and has a history dating back to the early communal life on the Korean peninsular in 2333 BC. It was later developed for combat by the military for the defense and offense of nations just before the turn of the century in 57 BC, hence the term “martial art” is used to categorize it.

      Taekwondo has been further developed and refined to meet the needs of modern day living requirements for practical self-defense, fitness and discipline. It has also been refined in the sporting aspects to make Taekwondo the most progressive and dynamic martial art sport today. Taekwondo has been recognized as an international sport since 1975 by the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and as an Olympic sport since 1980 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was demonstrated at the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and played off as a full medal sport at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Athens 2004 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.