Students come to study martial arts for a number of reasons. In addition to the personal goals students bring with them, there are at least five major goals of Tae Kwon Do training
- Discipline: Students learn discipline in several areas, including self-discipline, discipline in training, and discipline when interacting with others. Disciplined training allows students to perform movements of increasing strength and complexity beyond points they believed to be possible.
- Confidence: Disciplined training and dedication develop self-confidence, both in the dojang and out in the community. Students develop skills that impact many areas of their lives.
- Defense: Training in Tae Kwon Do develops skill and power. Dedicated training allows the student to successfully confront multiple opponents, developing skills useful both in sparring and self-defense.
- Fitness: Tae Kwon Do is an excellent means to acheive physical fitness, including greatly improved flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, increased strength, and improved agility and muscle tone. Virtually every part of the body and mind are affected by Tae Kwon Do training.
- Fun: Training is fun and builds friendships. The serious Tae Kwon Do student cannot help but interact with other students before, during, and after training. The student develops respect for others and tight bonds are formed, both with other students and instructors.
Students can benefit from Tae Kwon Do training regardless of their physical build, age, gender, athletic ability, or medical condition. As with any commitment, it is important to remember that you will get out of training what you put into it - students who take training seriously will benefit more than those who approach training casually.
The goal of Tae Kwon Do is not simply to achieve higher colored belts. The Black Belt is not a trophy - it represents a level of commitment to development and progress that is best understood as a philosophy or way of being. It represents the internalizing of respect for self, for others, and for the community. Acheiving a Black Belt is a long road that takes significant effort, both physical and mental.
We are eager to travel this road with you.