Tae Kwon Do, while being a fighting art, has a philosophy of peace and its purpose is to bring about a more peaceful world. In its efforts toward this goal, it starts by building the individual. Through its practice and teachings, it works toward building a person with strong character, a good personality, and one who is moral and ethical in daily life.
What is the curriculum of the day?
I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first SUSA training. An email was sent out to think about the biggest issue in teaching round house kick to white belts and what would be a better method. I assumed it was going to be additional instructor and teaching technique training for the next hour and a half. As we were warming up and going through the drills I was still waiting for the topic of the day to come up.
Origins of Tae Kwon Do Poomsae
Tae Kwon Do is a martial art that is practiced in general to protect a person from outside threats in the world. It is a practice that helps a person learns how to be defensive. This art was used in ancient Korea, but it has now spread around the world. Poomsae is a form of Tae Kwon Do and refers to the manner of teaching the art and practicing it while incorporating certain types of conduct.
Not even a blizzard on a Sunday can defeat a warrior when he or she has committed themselves to practice. On 24 January, 2016, with many inches of snow on the ground, we were honored to host Grandmaster Hyo-Seon Jang who traveled from Korea to share his experience and insights in sword-training. Masters and students traveled from as far as 2 hours to attend this workshop guided by a fluid, impressive, and stoic Grandmaster Jang.
The first session was for advanced students, the Masters. The training began with greeting, bowing, and meditating; they then started warm-ups with simple kicking techniques and holding postures, intended to gradually but thoroughly get their energy flowing. Watching the Masters move through Kigong patterns and footwork got me thinking about how difficult it can be to make something look effortless. They demonstrated their sword skills through patterns, and seeing that I knew they had taken years to learn; and no doubt they fought hard against the desire to give in or give up.
In today’s modern society that seems to glorify violence on every form of media from TV, movies, video games and music it may seem like a poor idea to enroll your child in a martial arts learning school. Although the genre of martial arts action movies is always rife with gratuitous violence it may surprise most people to know that martial arts training can be very beneficial to children.