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The Philosophy of Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is the Korean art of self-defense obviously powerful and precise. But, often, the public does not fully grasp the true meaning of this martial art. They see only the execution of the physical techniques, without ever realizing TKD's greatest benefits.
As a student begins TKD, the first lesson learned is respect. The beginner is soon to realize that the attitude, in the class and out must be one of love and respect, and not of violence or aggression.

In TKD we search to become egoless. The higher a student advances in TKD, the more the ego is diminished. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. So, you progressively learn to develop an uncluttered and ready mind. When your mind is empty, it is ready for anything, it is open to everything.

Another lesson learned in Tae Kwon Do is patience. A beginner soon becomes familiar with the basic blocks, kicks, and punches. The student soon want to move on to something new. But, one must continually strive for refinement and perfection through repetition. With patience, we learn self-control. And, without self-control there would be no meaning behind our physical technique.

A TKD student also learns concentration. We acquire this ability to bring everything together, to put all one's energy into every single act one performs.

Concentration is acquired through training, by focusing on every gesture, which is the same as returning to a normal condition of the body and mind. In the end, the will, the intention, is no longer active and results come automatically and unconsciously.


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