What are the benefits of Taekwon-Do?
TAE KWON DO and ADULTS An exercise program with a bonus! You learn to defend yourself while you get in shape. Taekwon-Do is well known for its stress relieving benefits. The emphasis on mind-body training goes far beyond the benefits of standard Health Club type exercise programs.
The art Taekwon-Do is paradoxical in its ability to take a meek passive person and mold him or her into a confident and self assured individual. On the other hand, Taekwon-Do can turn an aggressive bulling individual into a thoughtful and mild mannered citizen. Both extremes are derived from the absence of self confidence and lack of respect for oneself. This character and health building art, transfers over to our kids’ ability to perform well in school and socially; and to the adults’ ability to excel in the work place, when dealing with employees or supervisors.
Self Defense is what most people equate with any form of martial arts, and the styles are numerous. The superiority of Taekwon-Do over other styles stems from its ability to use both feet and hands to defend ones self when faced with an aggressor. Compared to other forms of self defense, Taekwon-Do is distinguished for its kicking. When properly executed, a small person can stop a much larger attacker. What we provide at Albuquerque Taekwon-Do is expert training in correct kicking, hand striking and blocking techniques. Along with learning how to block and strike, we teach the student the different parts of the body that are most susceptible to injury.
TAEKWON-DO AND KIDS: Another aspect of Taekwon-Do is its positive role in childhood development, both physically and socially. Studies have shown that children in Taekwon-Do have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks and a higher sense of self-esteem. Many doctors have recommended martial arts such as Taekwon-Do because of the positive outlet it gives children for all of their energy. At Albuquerque Taekwon-Do we promote good behavior and we expect the same at home and in school. Since,Taekwon-Do focuses heavily on the largest muscle groups of the human body (i.e. the legs), training for kids from an early age (5 years and up) promotes superior skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular development; along with heightened coordination, balance and flexibility. A healthy body is conducive to a keen mental acumen.
The tenets we adhere to at Albuquerque Taekwon-Do are:
Courtesy- to promote the spirit of mutual concessions/to be ashamed of one’s vices, holding in contempt those of others/to be polite to one another/to encourage the sense of justice and humanity/to distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior and elder from younger/to behave according to etiquette/to respect others possessions/to handle matters with fairness and sincerity/to refrain from giving or accepting any gift when in doubt.
Integrity- One must be able to distinguish right from wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt.
Perseverance- The essence of perseverance is to “never give up”; keep on trying until you master the task at hand.
Self Control- You must have control over your emotions. This in turn will lead to you having control over your actions, regardless of the situation.
Indomitable Spirit- One must defend righteousness regardless of the consequences’. If there is an injustice, you must do what is in your power to correct it.
Observance of these tenets is fundamental in developing a sense of morality while infusing self esteem in or children; which extends into adult life, ultimately producing a thoughtful law abiding citizen.
Lastly, significant difference between Taekwon-Do and sports is in the premise that competition is not against another person or team, but between one’s self. We encourage our students to constantly endeavor to set new goals. Taekwon-Do is not a sport but an art form, that can become a way of life; in mind and body and spirit to better ourselves in our training, as well as our daily life. Our training environment is non-competitive, with each student working not only to improve him or herself, but to help the other students improve as well. We hope that our traditional training methods will help to develop practical self defense skills, all around physical fitness and positive character traits in all of our students.