What is Tae Kwon Do

The art of Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea and has been practiced for centuries.

“Tae” directly translated means to kick or hit with the foot. “Kwon” directly translated means to punch with the fist. “Do” is the art or the way. So literally translated it means the “Art of hand and foot.”

There is more to Tae Kwon Do than just the use of skilled hand and foot techniques. It is a way of developing one’s body, spirit, and mind to the highest degree.

Tae Kwon Do is a martial art for used for fighting, but if used correctly TKD encourages non-violence, and reached peace. TKD brings grace and harmony in movement that is beautiful to watch, but also gives the student a feeling of completeness as well. There is much to be gained from the physical discipline involved if the art is practiced correctly and applied as it was originally intended.

TKD also develops inner strength sand confidence through mental awareness and self-control. Tae Kwon Do is intended to become a “way of life” for all who practice it.

The road to mastery of TKD can be long and difficult, but a journey of 1000 miles begins with just one step. Grand Master Choi and the instructors at Sunrise Tae Kwon Do invite you to take the first step of your journey with us.

Philosophy of Tae Kwon Do

The philosophy of Tae Kwon Do is that of a more peaceful world.

To accomplish this goal, those who practice TKD begin with the training of “the self” through the development of their character strengths and the negotiation of their weaknesses.

They come to a better knowledge of themselves that will bring a completeness that few find in this world. In doing this, they also develop a natural respect for life. A great deal of effort goes into achieving these goals, but once they are attained, it becomes an award within itself.

The rules and guidelines of Sunrise Tae Kwon Do are designed to teach each student respect for themselves as well as everyone else. It is believed that true peace can only be achieved if everyone takes responsibility for their actions. Every student is encouraged to pass on their wisdom to others and to use these principles beyond the Do-Jang.

Each student must faster the positive, which is the true spirit of Tae Kwon Do.
Its principles and guidelines teach students to strive for their highest possible goals and to achieve them.

The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of practicing TKD are immeasurable.

Tae Kwon Do Jung Shin

  • Courtesy: Yeh Ie

Excellent manners polite and considerate behavior, Sir or Mam!

  • Integrity: Yom Chi

Total honesty and sincerity, Sir or Mam!

  • Perserverance: In Nae

To keep at something in spite of difficulties, opposition or discouragement, Sir or Mam!

  • Self-Control: Geuk Ki

Control over one’s own impulses, emotions, or actions, Sir or Mam!

  • Indomitable Spirit: Bek Jur Boor Go!

A special part of each person which gives them the hope, strength and courage to never give up, Sir or Mam!

Rules and Regulation

1. There will be no smoking in the center.

2. No food or soft drink be permitted in the building.

3. Footwear of any kind will not be permitted during class.

4. Students are to bow respectfully to the flags when entering or leaving the center and upon first encounter with your instructor.

5. Address your instructor as “Instructor” and respond to any questions with “Yes Sir” or “No Sir”.

6. Discipline yourself to show respect to your fellow students that hold a higher belt rank.

7. Horseplay or disrespect of any kind will not be tolerated.

8. Unnecessary noise, talking or laughing during class will not be permitted.

9. Students will wear clean Do Bok at all times.

10. Remember that TaeKwonDo is for your health, self-defense, and mental discipline all which require constant practice.

Stripes & Awards

To be allowed to advance to the next belt level, each student must complete a series of required techniques with fluent mastery. Once the required technique is met, a belt stripe will be given by the Master or Instructor. Each student must acquire six stripes before being allowed to test. The explanation of the stripes follows.

Basic Movement
The yellow stripe is the BASIC MOVEMENT stripe and is awarded when the student has successfully met the required Nine Movement technique, which is a series of nine movements involving blocking and punching techniques for his/her belt level. There are 5 different Nine Movement Techniques in all.

The blue stripe is the KICKING stripe and is awarded when the student has successfully mastered the kicking technique for his/her belt level.

One-Step Sparring
The green stripe is the ONE-STEP SPARRING stripe and is awarded when the student has successfully mastered the one-step sparring technique for his/her belt. Usually this consists of two newly learned defense techniques which are added onto the ones that have already been mastered. There are 19 One-Step Sparring Technique in all.

Poom Se
The red stripe is POOMSE stripe and is awarded when the student has successfully mastered his/her Poomse orForm for their belt level. Poomse is a choreographed series of blocks, kicks and punches. There are 8 Poomse in all.

The Purple stripe is the ATTITUDE stripe and is awarded when the student turns in his/her monthly discipline chart with at least 70% completion of all required tasks.

The black stripe is the RECOMMENDED stripe and this is awarded when the student has received all other 5 stripes and the Master recommends the student for testing.

The required techniques are dependent upon the curriculum for each belt level, for more detailed description of each requirement look in the curriculum book, available for purchase in the office or check the posted curriculum on the right hand wall of the dojang.

The gold stripe is awarded for good leadership, excellent attention in class and for shoeing superior TKD spirit. Awarding of this stripe is up to the Master’s discretion.

A small trophy is awarded for 6 award stripes.

A star s awarded for many excellent behaviors including completion of the monthly behavior chart and completion of the weekly homework assignment. These stars can be placed on the collar of the dobok.

The Animal patch is awarded when a student has accrued ten stars.

A large trophy is awarded when a student has accrued 20 stars.