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Respect

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

In Taekwon Do respect is highly valued so much that it is an integral part of the first tenet courtesy. General Choi made courtesy the first tenet in order of importance to the student, to promote harmony within the training halls. We formally show our respect by performing the "bow". We perform the bow when entering our place of training (dojang) and when leaving we also perform the bow to the instructor and our fellow student as a mark of respect. The bow is not meant to be rushed, instead the student learns to stop, prepare and perform the bow in a meaningful way. The intention behind the bow is important too, in other words, rather than a meaningless robotic…

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Self Control

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

When we first speak to our new or prospective students about the Taekwon Do journey and what it is, we speak often of the physical benefits with regards to increased health, fitness and flexibility. These are sometimes the reasons students enrol, and parents see as immediate benefits for their children. We as martial artists will follow this up with the benefits of amongst other things of respect and self control, perhaps two lesser known or considered elements of Taekwon Do to the beginner. I'm farely certain that students understand that this will be a requirement of participation in a class i.e. that they respect both their instructor and fellow students and that they must have an element of self control…

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