In 1946 Korean Army General Choi Hong Hi began the development of a new martial art. His research was based primarily on Tae Kyon, Soo Bak-Gi and Karate. On April 11, 1955 General Choi Hong Hi named this martialart Taekwon-Do. Taekwon-Do means the way of the foot and the hand. “Tae” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot; “Kwon” denotes the fist, chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way.
Taekwon-Do is a powerful tool to create purpose in movement and thought. It is designed for self-defence and self improvement. It is an activity suitable for all ages and all abilities. Students learn various hand and kicking techniques, sparring skills, patterns (tul), self defense techniques and street safety awareness. Through dedicated practice students will improve fitness, strength, flexibility, motivation and self confidence.
Taekwon-Do is also a way of life committed to fair play and justice for all. Integral to Taekwon-Do is the concept of moral culture. This can be described as a work ethic dedicated to the spirit of harmony and community well-being. Through observing values such as courtesy, integrity and self-control in the dojang (training facility) combined with the self discipline to achieve (black belt) success, students are better prepared to contribute to the community in a positive manner.