The Trinity of Tae Kwon Do | Body, Mind, and Spirit
Body, Mind, and Spirit
Tae Kwon Do’s trinity consists of the three major aspects of Tae Kwon Do; Body, Mind, and Spirit. Developing in both a well-rounded and complete way involves cultivating these sacred aspects of Tae Kwon Do internally. In order to become a true master of this ancient martial art, it’s important to focus on all three aspects.
The Body of Tae Kwon Do
The body is the first pillar of Taking Kwon Do. When a student begins training, he or she must learn to stretch their muscles and condition their body to perform this marital art complicated movements. Kicks, blocks, stances, hand strikes, correct breathing, balance, and rhythm are all rigorously practiced. Doing this and more teaches the student to properly perform the techniques. This is going to improve the student’s physicality and develop a strong body. By coming to class regularly and practicing at home the student will grow stronger and more confident. However, this is just the first step in an individual’s development.
The Mind of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do’s second pillar is that of the mind. Through the practice of physical techniques, the student is engrossed in a deeply educational process. The student becomes comfortable with anatomy, the functioning of the body, and how to hone it to generate more power. The weak points of the body are also studied so the student t becomes aware of how to protect themselves from harm. And also learn how to strike an attacker’s weak points in defense.
While learning martial arts the student improves his or her ability to concentrate and achieve goals, which may have seemed previously impossible. Teaching and helping others is also emphasized as the student exchanges knowledge with other dojang (academy) members. The student becomes confident that he or she is capable of defending not only themselves but their loved ones as well should the need ever emerge. Students do not simply learn how to fight, they learn how to avoid confrontations. Engaging in reckless physical confrontations is always a no-win situation. Tae Kwon Do teaches that helping others is the true gift of these timeless martial arts.
The Spirit of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do’s final aspect is that of the spirit. Evolving spiritually is a direct result of rigorous mental and physical training, which acts as the catalyst which allows such development to unfold. One may possess a very strong body and an excellent mind but a complete individual is one that is filled with spiritual vision. A belief in one’s self, one’s community, and God is emphasized. Devotion to others above one’s own self is strongly encouraged.
This enlightenment is reached once an individual becomes at peace with themselves. Cultivating the strength of one’s convictions and the strength to stand by one’s morals is encouraged. Developing this intensely spiritual aspect of martial arts develops faith in both one’s self and in others.
The student has become unified with the sacred teachings of Tae Kwon Do. He or she has integrated the art into every aspect of their life. They apply the moral teaching of Tae Kwon Do do their public and private lives and even to their enemies. Integrity, kindness, perseverance, self-discipline and an unwavering spirit are all present. Upon reaching this ultimate goal the student has become a true adherent to the sacred art of Taking Kwon Do. This type of development isn’t reached overnight. It requires many years of devotion and study of the martial arts.
The Tae Kwon Do trinity is expressed through the forming of the hyoung position of the hands during the Kwang-Gae pattern. This is required to achieve the 1st-degree black belt. This sacred hand gesture is representative of the mind, body, and spirit. This principle is also evident in the forming of the belt knot when it has been tied properly.