About Tae Kwon Do
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with fist”; and do means “way”, “method”, or “art”. Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of kicking and punching.” As many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. In 1989, Taekwondo was claimed as the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.
Tae kwon do is known for its emphasis on kicking techniques, which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or southern styles of kung fu. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation. Tae kwon do as a martial art is popular with people of both genders and of many ages. Physically, taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of wooden boards, bricks or tiles, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one’s power.
About our Children’s TKD Programs
Yamasaki Academy’s Tae Kwon Do program is aimed at children aged 4 to 12. The program is designed to have an emphasis on the Tenets of Tae Kwon Do which are:
Courtesy: To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Tae Kwon Do practitioners, both students and instructors, should be polite, and show consideration for others.
Integrity: Integrity describes the honest, moral, and ethical manner in which you should interact with others, thereby earning respect and trust.
Perseverance: This basically stands for your internal drive. Challenges allow us to improve ourselves and therefore should not be avoided.
Self- Control: To have control of your body and mind. A Tae Kwon Do student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
Indomitable Spirit: To have courage in the face of adversity. A Tae Kwon Do student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another
Our Tae Kwon Do program is developed and taught by Krystol Sanchez, 2nd Dan Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do Black Belt. Krystol has been practicing TKD most of her life and has taught at various academies. Krystol is also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and actively competes in Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling tournaments.