Taekwondo is a Korean philosophy of self-defense which means foot-hand-art. The physical aspect of Taekwondo is made up of 90 percent foot techniques and 10 percent hand techniques. Taekwondo is not only learning how to defend yourself with your feet and hands, but also with your mind. Your body can be controlled by your mind. In order to perform Taekwondo, you must first develop a strong mind.
“What does Taekwondo have to do with respect and hard work?” It has everything to do with it! Respect and politeness is taught by example. The instructor honors each student’s hard work (irrespective of their skill level), and the student replies with politeness and respect back to the instructor. A monthly skill exam allows progress to be seen. Each person gains respect for what their body and mind are able to do, the importance of hard work to obtain progress, and to respect the contributions made by other persons.