Tae Kwon Do Terminology
DEFINITION OF TAE KWON DO
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean unarmed martial art. It is not only kicking and punching, but is also a way of thinking and living. The main goal of Tae Kwon Do is to achieve total mind and body control through training.
1. Students must bow to the flag, sah-bum-nim and other black belt instructors when coming in and out of school.
2. Students must use the word sir or ma’am when speaking to instructors.
3. Students must respect and obey instructors.
4. Conversation is not permitted during class.
5. Swearing, smoking and drinking liquor are prohibited.
6. Students must attend classes regularly for their own good.
7. Students must help keep the do-jang clean.
BASIC SCHOOL LANGUAGE
MEANING OF TAE KWON DO BELTS
Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon Do.
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as Tae Kwon Do foundation is laid.
Signifies the plant’s growth as Tae Kwon Do skill begins to develop.
Signifies transition from a young plant to intermediate growth as Tae Kwon Do skills are further developed.
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon Do progresses.
Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control, and warning the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Tae Kwon Do. Also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.
SPIRITS OF TAE KWON DO
1. Loyalty to country.
2. Obedience to parents.
3. Respect your elders.
4. Be faithful to your friends.
5. Be courteous in all situations.
6. Consider all alternatives before killing any living thing.
7. Never give up: finish what you have started.