Working together (Martial arts)

What is Tae Kwon Do?

Tae Kwon Do is an ancient Korean martial art that is over 2,000 years old.  Directly translated, the word Tae Kwon Do means “the art of kicking and punching,” or “the art of hand and foot.”  The form it’s self is roughly 70% kicking and 30% punching, yet it still includes the blocks, sparring, rolling/falling and self defense techniques that make it such a well rounded art.  Tae Kwon Do’s holistic approach to self defense taught through discipline has gained it the title of the worlds most popular martial art.  As such it is one of only two martial arts that are in the Olympic Games.

The 5 Tenants of Tae Kwon Do

  • Courtesy: I am kind to others
  • Integrity: I am always truthful
  • Perseverance: I finish what I start
  • Self Control: Only I can control me
  • Indomitable Spirit: I make my own dreams come true

Tae Kwon Do Student Creed

To build true confidence, through knowledge in the mind,
honesty in the heart, and strength in the body.
To keep friendship with one another
and to build a strong and happy community.
Never fight to achieve selfish ends
but to develop might for right.

10 Commandments of Tae Kwon Do

  1. 1. Be loyal to your country.
  2. 2. Be a good son or daughter.
  3. 3. Be faithful to your spouse.
  4. 4. Be on good terms with your brothers and sisters.
  5. 5. Be loyal to your friends.
  6. 6. Be respectful to your elders.
  7. 7. Respect and trust your teachers.
  8. 8. Use good judgment before killing any living thing.
  9. 9. Never retreat in battle.
  10. 10. Always finish what you started.

How to Line Up

Students line up in belt order, with the highest belts at the front and the lowest belts at the back.  If two students are the same belt, the older student stands in front of the younger student.


The system of lining up is almost as old as Tae Kwon Do itself.  Placing advanced students at the front of the line shows respect for their accomplishments.  Students work harder so they too can have the honor of standing at the front.

Korean culture also honors age, there is much we can learn from our elders and allowing them to stand at the front of line is one way we can give them respect.

The Science

Although this system is thousands of years old, recent studies have shown that this system 1) helps students learn techniques faster 2) keeps students engaged over longer periods of time and 3) helps students retain the techniques they have learned by making them serve as role models for their classmates.