Many experts would say that Traditional Tae Kwon Do is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a Korean martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. Traditional Taekwondo includes the martial arts of TangSooDo, MooDukKwan, Jidokwan, ChungDoKwan, ChangMooKwan, JungDoKwan, SongMuKwan, and OhDoKwan. Below the Top Taekwondo instructors in the USA give their thoughts on how to choose a Taekwondo school or find a Taekwondo class for your family.
Grand Master Richard Hackworth of the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies who teaches Taekwondo ChungDoKwan classes in Clermont, Orlando and Winter Garden, Florida says: “It is this traditional aspects of total mind, body and spirit training that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art. It is the main reason that smart parents choose traditional Taekwondo schools over sports oriented programs. At a traditional ChungDoKwan Taekwondo school your child will learn discipline and character.”
Dr. Ronald Stone of Groveland, Florida states. “Taekwon-Do is called an art of self-defense because it teaches a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral responsibility. In a traditional Taekwon-Do school you learn how to apply the lessons you learn in class to your daily life. It is what makes a traditional Taekwon-Do kwan or style superior to the sport form.”
Grand Master Fred Parks, who teaches Taekwondo classes in Orlando, Florida explains: “Taekwondo is a generic term to collectively describe a group of Korean striking arts such as TangSooDo, MooDukKwan, ChangMooKwan etc. If someone says that they teach “OLYMPIC” or “WTF” style Taekwondo then you know that they are a sports coach, not a master. They teach the sport form of Taekwondo. But someone who can tell you that they teach a “Kwan” like MooDukKwan or ChungDoKwan is a martial artist who teaches the total mind, body and spirit training that develops a person of character. I think it is kind of misleading that these coaches often claim to teach the martial art as well as the sport. This is simply not true. The focus of sports Taekwondo is to prove that you are better by physically beating down another human being to win a medal or trophy. The martial art of Taekwondo is a physical practices that is a self improvement system for living better.”
Grand Master Gregory Glover who teaches Taekwondo JungDoKwan classes in Atlanta and Conyers, Georgia shares with us this thought. “I was taught by my first Grand Master that “Tae” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. “Kwon” refers to the fist. To punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way of life. In JunDoKwan we practice the right way built and paved by the saints and sages of the past.”
Thus taken collectively “Taekwon-Do” indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.
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