[tahy kwon doh] noun; a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with fist”; domeans “way, method, or art”. Thus it is loosely translated as “the art of the foot and fist”.
Pak’s Martial Arts Fitness Center specializes in the teaching of Taekwondo, an action philosophy. Taekwondo is much more than a physical activity. It is designed as a nonviolent art, a system of complete body exercise, and a way of life. It includes physical techniques, mental disciplines, and a deep philosophy.
Taekwondo Emphasizes Practice
Physical Practice: Taekwondo will help you develop coordination, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. A strong body and good health result from these practices.
Mental Practice: Taekwondo will help build your self-confidence, improve judgment, as well as improves self-control. A sound mind results from these mental disciplines.
Philosophical Practice: Taekwondo helps build confidence by helping the students to better understand and respect themselves and others. These aspects help students to reach success in the ultimate goal–to achieve true happiness and build strong friendships, contributing to a strong and happy community.
Taekwondo is an Investment in the Entire Family
Benefits for men and women:
- Develop the power of positive thinking
- Release the stresses of daily life
- Learn practical self-defense
- Develop excellent physical fitness
- Lose weight
- Improve performance at work
- Build self-confidence
- Increase stamina
Benefits for children:
- Build confidence/self-esteem
- Strengthen character and goal setting
- Learn self-discipline
- Physical and mental fitness
- Improve balance and coordination
- Recommended by physicians for ADD and ADHD
- Learn special self-defense skills
- Improve concentration
- Improve school grades
- Learn respect for oneself and others
- Improve flexibility
A Special Note to Parents from Grandmaster Pak
“Your child’s progress in Taekwondo is the direct result of a successful partnership between your child, instructors, and you. Our experience in teaching hundreds of children has taught us that you can help by treating Taekwondo lessons as a part of a daily routine. Over time, this will yield positive results. Punishing your child by missing class, or by expecting progress at an unrealistic rate, will only cause frustration discouragement.
Do not expect overnight changes or improvements. These changes will occur only after much time and commitment from you and your child. Remain in control and encourage your child during some periods of discouragement. Taekwondo teaches and instills in your child a “stick with it” attitude that will be invaluable for the rest of his/her life.”
Seven Home Rules for Children
- Children shall greet parents with “Hi, Mom!” or “Hi, Dad!” when entering the house and tell parents “Goodbye!” when leaving.
- Children shall always be respectful to their parents, teachers, and elders.
- Children shall be kind to their family members.
- Children shall keep their household neat and clean.
- Children shall clean their hair, ears, body, and teeth daily.
- Children shall not interrupt adult conversation.
- Children shall follow the “Recipe for Straight A’s” daily.
Recipe for Straight A’s
- When you come home from school, open the refrigerator and have a piece of fruit and a glass of milk.
- Open your books and review what you have studied today.
- Do all your homework.
- Children who do not obey their parents may be reduced in rank.