from the writings of Grandmaster Moo Hwan Kim
United Martial Arts Black Belt Association
What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is an action philosophy, the Korean art of self-defense. Literally translated, it means the art of hand and foot. However, it is much more than kicking and punching. Tae Kwon Do is designed as a non violent art system that utilizes the entire body and becomes a way of life.
Tae Kwon Do is a physical and mental discipline which follows a deep philosophy. All practitioners benefit physically by developing good coordination and a strong body. Mentally we build self-confidence, gain good judgment and develop a sound mind. Philosophically we learn to respect others, help others, be honest and always protect the weak. Thus Tae Kwon Do serves as a guide for the building of character and a modern world sport.
12 Reasons to Train
Fit people have better self-esteem than out of shape people.
You can lower your blood cholesterol by losing just five percent of your body weight.
A pound of muscle takes up about 22% less space than a pound of fat.
Working out helps relieves stress, which is a major cause of many illnesses and overeating.
Your back, hips and knees will feel better if you are at your proper body weight.
A physically active person has up to a 20 year advantage in terms of functionality over a sedentary person (so you will not only live longer, but live Better!)
Active people have a lower risk of cancer and have better circulation which reduces the risk of hearing problems.
Exercise helps your brain to work more efficiently (people who use dumbbells aren’t’ dumbbells!)
9. Strength and flexibility training can make you up to a quarter inch taller.
10. Fit people sleep better.
11. People who exercise said work was more fun (well, at least more tolerable.)
12. Fit people have better digestion, less constipation and better complexions.