A summary of what Tae Kwon Do is would be helpful for new readers. – Ayla Boswell
Taekwondo (or Tae Kwon Do) translates to ‘hand-foot way’ in Korean and dates back more that 2,000 years. It is a close range unarmed combat system that morphed into one of the most popular martial arts sports across the globe. It debuted as a full-medal Olympic sport in the Sydney, Australia Olympics in 2000 and was scheduled to be an event in the 2020 Olympicsuntil the Coronavirus pandemic postponed it until 2021 when the Olympics as a Taekwondo sport will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Simply put, Taekwondo is an art of self-defense.
Taekwondo can be learned in its combat or sport forms and with or without weapons. At Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do and Tazewell Tae Kwon Do we teach both combat and sport forms with and without weapons. Grandmaster Roy Richmond was an expert and proficient with a number of weapons such as the nun chucks, the controller and the cane.
Ancient Koreans who settled the Korean peninsula existed in tribes some historians note since 2000 B.C. and formed three kingdoms: Koryo, Paekje, and Silla. These kingdoms defended themselves against China, Japan, and Mongolia with each of these nations invading and attempting dominance over the Korean Kingdoms. This went on for centuries.
The warriors of the three kingdoms of Korean were united by the kingdom of Silla into one kingdom and along with this unification came the unification of Korean martial arts under the Hwarang branch of the military. Hwarang translates to “flowering of manhood” in English. Soldiers of the Hwarang were martial arts experts in unarmed, close combat and in the mastery of weapons.
Hwarang warriors were extremely loyal to their Korean rulers and upheld and demonstrated Confucian values of what was thought to be civilized at the time. Many scholars have compared the Japanese Samurai to the Korean Hwarang warrior whose martial arts collective was called, hwarang-do (the way of the flowering manhood).
During the rule of the Koryo dynasty, Korean martial arts experimentation led to new developments and expansion of the art form practiced by the Hwarang warriors. Enter taekwon and subak, martial arts that emphasized kicking and punches, respectively. These martial arts survived and incorporated Chinese influence due to repeated invasions by the Chinese and the Mongols. One move incorporated into TaeKwon do is the flying kick or the jumping side kick.
The Koroyo dynasty ended and the Mongols were overthrown in 1392 ushering in the Yi dynasty. The rulers of the Yi were not keen on martial arts and banned their practice. This led to martial artists going underground and practicing in unsuspected, remote locations like Buddhist monasteries to continue mastering their martial arts.
Eventually the Japanese set up camp and began their Korean occupation in about 1910 which lasted about thirty-five years. During this time however, Koreans were forced to assimilate into Japanese culture. Koreans took Japanese names and were forced to study at Japanese schools. Martial arts training and practice as they knew it ended. Like during the Yi dynasty, Koreans began practicing martial arts in secret again while at the same time studying Japanese martial arts such as karate, judo, and kendo.
When the Japanese occupation ended, Korean martial arts experienced a resurgence that survived the split of the north and south regions of the peninsula and the 1950 Korean war.
Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense – Tazewell Tae Kwon Do is one of the top school martial arts schools founded by the late Grandmaster Roy Richmond. Like Grandmaster Roy, our instructors are passionate about our students. Our taekwondo program teaches unarmed hand-to-hand combat, armed hand-to-hand combat, Olympic sports, tournament styles , artistic discipline and practical self-defense. Students learn basic movement and skills through Tae Kwon Do Forms
There are few students who excel so greatly in martial arts, they have the potential to qualify for a national taekwondo team and train for the Olympics. We have access to instructors with Olympic training and qualifier experience that can help elite students recognize their talents and fulfill their fullest potential.
As an artistic discipline, taekwondo techniques are performed with graceful and powerful movements. Students are inspired to aspire to reach the highest artistic presentation of each technique. The art of taekwondo develops posture, graceful movements, excellent coordination and attention to detail. We believe that everyone can benefit from exposure to this artistic discipline and have seen first hand the impact that such training makes in the lives of our students.
Self defense skills are safety sills. It is important for everyone to learn self-defense and taekwondo is an excellent martial arts form from which to begin. When our students learn and develop self-defense skills with taekwondo at the core, they lessen their chance of sustaining an injury due to a fall or an attack and increase their chances of escaping a mugger, a rapist, or an abduction attempt. Learning these self-defense tactics does not promote violence but instead helps to mitigate it and assists our students in defending themselves.
At Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense we nurture each student at his or her skill level while encouraging and preparing them to make improvements and rank advancements in a way that students operate an progress at their highest level to meet their rank goals. Our students learn mental toughness by learning the Tae Kwon Do Creed and living by the Tenets of Tae Kwon Do.
We will offer flexible class times to fit with your schedule as well as tournament opportunities. Contact us to day to learn more about our class schedule announcements and our free introductory classes.