Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do (TKD) is a Korean martial art whose roots date back nearly 2,000 years, when it was used to defend Korea against invaders and to entertain royalty. Since then, it has evolved into more than self-defense; indeed, it’s now a sport – the national sport of Korea – and truly a way of life.

Based on a fighting art that originated in India before the first century AD, TKD is considered one of the hard form martial arts. A hard form uses direct, straight-line techniques rather than those found in soft forms. The soft forms tend to be more toward the flowing, circular motions depicted in the former TV series, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.”

Literally translated, TKD means “The Art of Hand and Foot Fighting.” However, it’s noteworthy that in Korea the Art refers to social and philosophical exercise, sport, and, when necessary, self-defense; but it’s also a guiding philosophy of self-improvement, self-control, and respect for others. This guiding philosophy is taught within the framework of five tenets, or basic principles. In keeping with other aspects of the Oriental culture, the tenets are designed to develop within the individual – the self – and move upward from there.

Yellow belt after passing test

The belt system begins with white and is followed by yellow, green, blue, purple, red, brown, and finally black. Students can view the curricula for each belt on the curriculum page (see sidebar; please ask a K2 instructor for the password).

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