Benefits of Taekwon-Do
and old, male and female, and in some cases even handicapped persons are able to
practice Taekwon-Do. Physical strength, weight and body build are of no
consequences. A 60 year old, 85 pound, one armed woman can derive as much
personal satisfaction, along with marked improvement in her mental and physical
state of health, as an 18 year old Olympic decathlon champion.
Patterns may be chosen according to a student's limitations and since Taekwon-Do
boasts a myriad of techniques, those best suited for an individual student can
be chosen or modified. A word of encouragement for those who are physically
underdeveloped; the majority of Taekwon-Do masters today were not initially
endowed with physical strength or natural coordination. In fact, an instructor
usually prefers an underdeveloped student not only because of the personal
challenge, but because this type of student will usually work much harder and
become the most dedicated student.
some ways, Taekwon-Do is similar to gymnastics. A student has merely to repeat
what the instructor has demonstrated with occasional corrections on proper
technique. Also a student with even limited training can introduce another
beginner to techniques the student himself has already mastered.
Although a practice suit is a prerequisite in classroom training as an aid for
mental and spiritual conditioning, one can just as easily train in shirts, track
suit, or even street clothes.
train or harden an attacking or blocking tool, straw rope wound around a piece
of wood, a bag filled with sand or a piece of cloth or paper suspended by a
string can suffice if the regular training aide is not available.
Taekwon-Do can be practiced in a cleared space in your back yard or even public
park in the absence of training hall, the student has the convenience of
training by himself any time it suits him.
are two pitfalls all students, regardless of rank, should avoid:
is a common tendency among beginners to tire of repeating the same techniques
over and over. Boredom will usually set in between the third and sixth month for
a beginning student. This is the period when a student is building his Taekwon-Do
foundation by learning fundamental technique and building power.
Impatience, lack of self-confidence, inability to perceive improvement and just
plain physical fatigue combine to cause a psychological and physical ennui.
After the seventh month, however, the student develops physically and fatigue is
reduced. The student begins to learn techniques that he can use to gauge his
rate of advancement; and through breaking techniques and sparring the student
develops confidence. The best way to combat boredom is to attend classes
regularly and develop resolve to attain a specific goal.
Lack of Thoroughness
often the students sacrifice thoroughness in the learning process, because they
tend to lose patience and insist on progressing to a higher technique before
mastering the previous one. Students should realize that it is extremely
important for them to know thoroughly one single technique until it becomes
reflexive before advancing to the next.
secret of becoming a black belt is a simple one; learn thoroughly each
technique, especially patterns, step by step, not only developing a physical
reflexive action, but developing mental concentration as well.
old proverb says that even heaven cannot make a diligent worker poor. However,
in Taekwon-Do, diligence or intensive training alone does not produce quality
techniques. On the contrary, instructions from a false or unqualified instructor
would be worse than not being taught at all because unscientific movements not
only reduce the power but require a tremendous amount of time to correct. On the
other hand, under the proper guidance of a competent instructor, a student who
trains earnestly with dedication will learn the true techniques of Taekwon-Do in
a comparatively short period of time with less effort. Students should keep in
mind the following secrets:
study the theory of power thoroughly.
understand the purpose and method of each movement clearly.
bring the action of eyes, hands, feet and breath into one single coordinated
choose the appropriate attacking tool for each vital spot.
become familiar with the correct angle and distance for attack and defense.
Keep both the arms and legs bent slightly while movement is in motion.
All movements must begin with a backward motion with very few exceptions.
create sine wave during the movement by utilizing the knee spring
* from the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do by
Ge. Choi Hong Hi.