Tae Kwon Do & Spirituality


Taekwondo

Dear Student:

     Welcome to the Tae Kwon Do and Spirituality class. You are about to begin a process of growth and development whose results will be quite rapid. We stress Traditional Tae Kwon Do fundamentals and basics: kicking, blocking, punching, forms, one-step sparring, free sparring, breaking, proper breath control, and meditation. These are the components that make Tae Kwon Do a martial art and not merely a sport. In just a few months you will be amazed at the improvement in your speed, strength flexibility, poise, and balance. Tae Kwon Do is a wonderful form of moving meditation and self-defense that will help you become more graceful and self-confident in your movements.

     The exercises you will learn are ancient. The ultimate origin of all Asian Martial Arts is China’s famous Shoalin Temple. Bodidhrama, an Indian Buddhist monk, introduced various breathing and calestinic exercises to the Shoalin Temple monks. These exercises evolved into various styles of self-cultivation and self-defense. These ancient fighting methods spread from China to other parts of Asia such as Okinawa, Japan, and Korea to combine and be modified by the indigenous martial arts of these cultures. Tae Kwon Do arose in this fashion.

     The dazzling speed and amazing power of its kicks characterize Tae Kwon Do. Most of Tae Kwon Do’s kicks are aimed for the opponent’s mid section or head and their execution requires, therefore, a great deal of stamina and agility on the part of the practitioner. Tae Kwon Do also has a very impressive repertoire of hand techniques. This is especially true of my Tiger Style hand techniques. We will teach you to rely equally on your hands and feet for self-defense. This is a more effective and balanced approach to Tae Kwon Do than one that relies almost solely on kicking.

     Whether you are male, female, young, or old you will derive great benefit and satisfaction from practicing Tae Kwon Do.

     We indicate levels of proficiency though a system of belt colors—white, yellow, orange, purple, green, blue, red, and black. Some of the skills one must master for each of the belt levels, from white belt to second-degree black belt, are listed in the attached.

     This information can act as an itinerary for the journey you are embarking upon.

Rev. Dr. James A. Noel, Ph.D
Associate Professor of American Religion,
Master Instructor, Tae Kwon Do

TAEKWONDO'S FIVE SPIRITUAL RULES
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1) TO SEEK GOD'S GUIDANCE IN MY DAILY DECISIONS;

2) TO STRIVE FOR THE SPIRITUAL INTEGRATION OF MY BODY, MIND, AND SOUL;

3) TO LIVE IN HARMONY WITH OTHERS;

4) TO WORK FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE WORLD; AND

5) TO PRACTICE WITH DILIGENCE, HUMILITY, TRANQUILITY, AND PATIENCE.

TEN TAEKWONDO TRAINING POINTS
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1) SIGHT

2) KI-HAP

3) BALANCE

4) FLEXIBILITY

5) CONCENTRATION

6) TIMING

7) ACCURACY

8) DISTANCE

9) HARDENING

10) BREATH CONTROL