Tae Kwon Do

What is Tae Kwon Do?

 Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches morethan physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through trainingour body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics. First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon 'fists and feet,' or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon 'to put fists under control' [or 'to step on fists']. Thus Taekwondo means "the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world." Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names in the course. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country. Taekwondo can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, and life, and the unity of the pose ("poomsae") and confrontation, and cracking down. When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same. 

Kumdo

What is Kumdo?

 Kumdo means "the way of the sword". The present form of using jukdo (4 split bamboo sword) and thehogoo(the head and body gear) began around 18th century. With jukdo and hogoo the art of Kum Do took a surprising turn in its style. Allowing more experimentation without injury, the style became more effective by allowing stronger and deadlier blow without a considerable and extensive swing of the sword. The present form that combines of the inner strength(much signified by a scream from within "ki"), the absolute and unbounded swing of the sword("kum"), and use of one's lower back and body ("chae") was recently perfected. This is known as "ki-kum-chae".  Let's learn the generosity of the warrior of old times who judged each other's  situation of power and talent without actual fights, cutting a wild rose and enclose a letter for an opponent..... The way of Kum (sword) is the way of Zen (meditation) and the way of Tao (cultivate their moral sense). Your mind will be calm down just like a deep lake. When you swing the sword around as dashingly and readily as cutting in two with just one striking, your mind will divide the great mountain. Severing all the miscellaneous enticements and attachments, let's participate in Korean traditional martial arts, which have guarded the Koreans until now.Why don't you come along with Haedong Kumdo? 

Total mArtial Arts (T.M.A)

Total Martial Arts Program

 Imagine learning over 10 different styles of martial arts at the same time!Our T.M.A. curriculum combines Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu,Taekwondo and Hapkido, Karate, Judo, Roman Greco Wrestling, Kali stick fighting and even US Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques as the basis for training. Its MMA style Self Defense! And it’s for adults and teens hoping to advance their conditioning and fighting abilities rapidly. Our T.M.A. Masters implement reality based scenarios and only the most practical hand to hand techniques proven to be effective. This is an intense class for everyone with the heart to test their limits and become a well balanced fighting machine! 

About the Kukkiwon and WTF, MAC

Kukkiwon

(Official Site) www.kukkiwon.or.kr

 Kukkiwon, which opened its door in 1972, has played a pivotal role in the internationalization of Taekwondo, and has been a centripetal force of Taekwondo and issued the Dan certificates. The Kukkiwon is referred to as the mecca of Taekwondo. Taekwondo is the sport-for-all for the training of the body and mind.The global population is estimated at about 50 million. The Taekwondo population has been growing as more people appreciate the benefits of Taekwondo- sound body and mind. 

World Taekwondo Federation

(Official Site) www.wtf.org

 Taekwondo is a Korean martial art turned sport that has grown as a global sport since the foundation of the World Taekwondo Federation in 1973. The WTF is an International Federation consisting of 174 National Taekwondo governing bodies as its members. Following the recognition of the WTF by the International Olympic Committee in 1980, Taekwondo was staged at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 and in Barcelona in 1992 as a demonstration sport. In 1994, at the Paris 103rd 10C Sessions, Taekwondo was adopted as an official program of the Sidney 2000 Olympics. Taekwondo was confirmed as an official sport at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Taekwondo has been selected as an official event for the first time in the Sidney Olympics 2000, and it was one of the official events in the Athens Olympics 2004 and many upcoming Olympics. Compared with other Olympic sports events that have taken almost 100 years to be selected as official events, Taekwondo has accomplished it in just 20 years. Now Taekwondo is in the process of spreading Korean culture and spirit to people all over the world by means of the Olympic spirit. 

USAT Martial Arts Commission

(Official Site) www.usat-mac.us


 The fundamental purpose of the USA Taekwondo Martial Arts Commission is to assist and advise the CEO/Secretary General of USA Taekwondo in a variety of matters including: restoration of traditional Taekwondo values to promote human development through education, training, application, and teaching; preservation of the history of Taekwondo in the USA (including recognition of Taekwondo pioneers); renewal of memberships of and benefits to those excluded from the NGB by previous administrations; and, support for the CEO/Secretary General to further the US Olympic movement. Furthering its initiative to restore martial arts traditions and values to the practice of Taekwondo, the USA Taekwondo Martial Arts Commission took a giant step forward by conducting its inaugural meeting in conjunction with the USA Taekwondo Junior Olympics and Senior Nationals in San Jose, California from July 9 - 11, 2007. The highlight of the meeting was the induction of more than 50 grandmasters and select masters and instructors as founding members, and the presentation of special awards from the World Taekwondo Federation and Kukkiwon to practitioners who have distinguished themselves with their contributions to Taekwondo in USA.  "This is a special day," said Commission co-chair  Grandmaster Joon P. Choi. "Previous leadership lost sight of Taekwondo as a holistic discipline for human development. Now we are back on track."Choi and Grandmaster Hong Kong Kim, Grand Master Eui Hwang Chung are the driving force behind the creation of the Commission. "We worked very hard for this moment," said Kim. "We are grateful to USAT CEO/Secretary General David Askinas for his recognition of the importance of what the Commission will restore to Taekwondo. The true substance of Taekwondo study will now be preserved for the benefit of our entire society."