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    Taekwondo is martial art founded in Korea. Loosely translated, it means the way of the of the foot and fist (hand). It is considered the most popular martial art based on how many people are participating in it.
 
        ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati have several programs for a variety of purposes, basic martial arts, stranger danger, leadership training, self defense, cardio kickboxing, personal training, esteem and life skills building and more, much more !!!   Over the years, the ATA has come to realize that there are many reasons for studying Songahm Taekwondo, and we have worked hard to develop programs that will help realize these goals rather than forcing our students into one, linear area of study and practice.

Objectives of Taekwondo

  1. to develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport and as an art
  2. to achieve physical fitness through positive participation
  3. to improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity
  4. to learn self-defense skills
  5. to develop a sense of responsibility for one self and other

The commandments of Taekwondo are used as a guide for the moral development of students and art. No student who does not fully understand these tenets can ever hope to master the true essence of the art.

Commandments of modern Taekwondo:

  1. Loyalty to your country
  2. Respect your parents
  3. Faithfulness to your spouse
  4. Respect your brothers and sisters
  5. Loyalty to your friends
  6. Respect your elders
  7. Respect your teacher
  8. Never take life unjustly
  9. Indomitable spirit
  10. Loyalty to your school
  11. Finish what you begin

The Tenets of Taekwondo

 Courtesy (Ye Ui). To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Taekwondo practisers (both students and instructors) should be polite, and show consideration for others.

 Integrity (Yom Chi). Integrity describes how you should interact with others. To be honest and good, earn respect and trust.

 Perseverance (In Nae). This basically stands for your internal drive. Challenges allow us to improve ourselves and should therefor not be avoided.

 Self control (Guk Ki). To have control of your body and mind. A Taekwondo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.

 Indomitable spirit (Baekjool Boolgool). To have courage in the face of adversity. A Taekwondo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another.

  • How to behave in the dojang
  • There are a few general rules.
    Always wear a clean Dobok ( uniform ) 
    You and I are always an advertisement for Anderson ATA and the ATA in general. The clean uniform shows you take pride in your appearance!

  • Clean hands, feet, short nails.
    Hey the uniform is white! Keep it that way! Dirty hands and feet make that impossible! And the fingernails? They scratch!

  • Don't wear sharp things (if you do not have a Dobok, do not wear pants with zippers etc.)
    Those scratch too!
  • No jewelry allowed
    Except for a wedding band, jewelry can get caught and hurt you or your classmates!

  • Don't drink, smoke or eat in the dojang (no chewing gum!)
    White uniform, remember! And the gum? You can choke on it pretty easily!
  • Be on time.
    Make sure you get the benefits of the warm up, hear all the instructions, and don't disrupt the class or distract others who should be focusing on their tkd lessons.

  • When entering and leaving the dojang, make a proper bow
    Show proper respect for the class, school, instructors and fellow students!

  • Don't talk, unless it is necessary
    Answering up with a "yes Sir" or "yes Ma'am" shows respect, but also tells the instructor you understood the instructions given! Talking out of turn to your classmates may prevent them, and you, from hearing what you need to hear, to understand what needs to be done, both to get the most from the class, and prevent injury
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