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Taekwondo and Tenets

 


 Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art and a popular modern combat sport. It is known for its dynamic and powerful kicking techniques, which are often executed at head height. In addition to kicking, Taekwondo incorporates various hand strikes, blocks, and stances. Practitioners of Taekwondo also learn patterns of movement called "forms" or "poomsae," which are sequences of techniques practiced as a routine.

Taekwondo emphasizes the development of physical strength, mental discipline, and respect for others. It is also seen as a way to cultivate confidence, self-control, and indomitable spirit. In addition to its applications in self-defense and competition, Taekwondo is commonly practiced as a means of improving overall fitness and well-being. It is a widely recognized Olympic sport and is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds around the world.

The tenets of Taekwondo, which are often recited as part of the training and philosophy of the martial art, are known as the "Five Tenets of Taekwondo" and are as follows:

1. Courtesy (Ye-ui): This tenet emphasizes the importance of showing respect and consideration for others, both inside and outside the training environment.

2. Integrity (Yom-chi): Integrity involves being honest, ethical, and maintaining strong moral principles in all aspects of life.

3. Perseverance (In-nae): Taekwondo teaches the value of perseverance and the ability to overcome challenges and obstacles with determination and resilience.

4. Self-Control (Guk-gi): This tenet emphasizes the importance of controlling one's emotions, actions, and impulses, as well as maintaining discipline and restraint in all situations.

5. Indomitable Spirit (Baek-jeol-bul-gul): Indomitable spirit refers to having a strong and unwavering resolve, coupled with courage, even in the face of adversity.

These five tenets serve as guiding principles for Taekwondo practitioners, promoting moral character, personal growth, and a positive mindset.

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