Kwon's Tae Kwon Do (Taekwondo)
I am certain that you will find Tae Kwon Do to be tremendously rewarding. It will provide you and your family with greater self-confidence, increased self-discipline, and improved physical health. Attaining these benefits requires time, effort, and dedication. At times it can be challenging, but it is always fun. Master Kwon as well as our assistant instructors are here to help you with your commitment to excellence, and offer our knowledge to assist you.
Articles of Tae Kwon Do
1) Be loyal to your country! Loyal, Sir!
2) Be obedient to your parents! Obedient, Sir!
3) Be loving to your family! Loving, Sir!
4) Be cooperative to others! Cooperative, Sir!
5) Be faithful to your friends! Faithful, Sir!
6) Be respectful of your masters! Respectful, Sir!
7) Be honest in personal matters! Honest, Sir!
8) Show concern for others! Compassion, Sir!
9) Never attack without reason! Mercy, Sir!
10) Finish what you start! Persistence, Sir!
Martial Arts Perspective
The first things a new student may notice when learning Tae Kwon Do are all of the terms such as “Mr.”, “Mrs.”, “Master” and answer “yes sir” and “yes ma’am”. However, as you have come to realize, these external actions are only the surface of the respect involved in Tae Kwon Do.
At the core of respect lies understanding and acceptance. It is when we truly appreciate another person’s abilities, challenges, needs and contributions that we can be said to respect them. In Tae Kwon Do training, you have worked with literally hundreds perhaps even thousands of other students. Training side by side, you come to realize who they are as martial artists: how fast, how flexible, how focused and how determined. As a result, you also gain insight into who they are as a person. The result is not only camaraderie, but also respect.
Life Skill Perspective
Many children are raised hearing the phrase that they should respect their elders. Troubled young people are sometimes labeled as having no respect for authority. Clearly respect issues, the desire to have it given to you and at times some difficulty expressing it towards others, are situations we have all encountered. One thing is certain, just as in the Taekwondo School, demanding respect based on a superior position, such as instructor to student or boss to worker, will not last for long. Even in the outside world, lasting respect in relationships is often the result of acceptance of one another’s position. We need not see eye to eye with everyone in order to respect them, but we must be able to see what their eyes see.
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