What Is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is the national martial art of Korea. Taekwondo translated means "the way of the foot and fist" or "the art of the foot and fist" - TAE (foot), KWON (fist), DO (art). Correctly pronounced ta-qwon-doe. The word Taekwondo was introduced in 1955 to represent and affiliate the many different schools of Korean martial arts. It is important to note that the word "DO" (art) indicates that Taekwondo is not just a way of fighting, it is a way for tuning ones mind and body and of discipline.

Taekwondo has developed over the centuries reaching its full potential today where an individual can reach their specific requirement of self-defence, a way of maintaining physical fitness or as an exciting sport with the possibility of entering competitions.

Taekwondo Techniques

The student will be taught advanced kicking and punching techniques including jumping, spinning, blocking, break-falling, sparring tactics, self defence and many other specific techniques. Many of these are incorporated into pre-arranged movements that will teach the student an understanding of body strength and weaknesses.

Students who can accomplish a good understanding of all aspects of Taekwondo, including the philosophy of the art, will reach a high level of self-improvement and confidence. This is the goal in which the East Coast Taekwondo Academy and its instructors are attempting to achieve.

Benefits Of Taekwondo

The classes at the East Coast Taekwondo Academy are structured in a way so that students will be working aerobically most of the time, yet still be able to train anaerobically during sparring, bag work, etc. Self-defence is a necessary part of life due to the current level of violence in today's society. Taekwondo is a perfect way of learning self-defence while maintaining physical fitness.

Stress is a huge problem in this day and age. One of the best ways to alleviate stress is through physical activity. While training, members are encouraged to relax through breathing techniques exclusive to the martial arts which allow students to release pent-up emotions. Along with fitness and self-defence benefits, each member enjoys the companionship of fellow members, forming new and lasting friendships through our extra curricular activities such as weekend camps, courses and seminars.

The East Coast Taekwondo Academy student builds confidence by improving him/herself physically, mentally and spiritually - this is the greatest benefit of all.

Moral Standards: The E.C.T.A. enforces strict rules and regulations, which each student must adhere to. Discipline and respect of individuals are promoted and expected to be carried into normal day to day life.

Self-Control: In spirit, Taekwondo must always be performed as a defensive art rather than an offensive one. The only time that Taekwondo is used offensively is in competition, but the competitor must display full control. The class instructor will not tolerate outbursts or general lack of self-control during a class. Taekwondo involves vigorous training sessions in which the student must show self-control through silence and focus.

Discipline and Dedication: Taekwondo students who wish to reach their goals must dedicate themselves to training regularly to fully appreciate the benefits of Taekwondo. This amount of dedicated training will demand a high level of discipline. Once a student sets a routine training schedule his/her body will adjust and the once difficult task will become nothing more than a daily routine. This takes discipline, dedication and perseverance.

Respect: All students are required to show respect to all fellow human beings. Without respect all Taekwondo moral are lost. Taekwondo is more than a physical exercise or sport -- it is a way of life. Taekwondo enforces moral standards and encourages self-improvement. When training in Taekwondo, you must show respect to all fellow members regardless of their size, age, sex, race or belt colour.

Mind and Body: Taekwondo teaches us to bring our mind and body together developing a calmer frame of mind and better control over our emotions. This in turn will give the student an improved situational awareness, the ability to read a situation and act appropriately. Taekwondo training will give you the confidence to walk away from situations without physical confrontation.


ECTA's Brigette Price

2004 World Junior Bronze Medalist


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