During the Koryo dynasty, Taekwondo was best known as a fitness and recreational system... But it soon changed to a military fighting art. In 1909, Japan invaded Korea and outlawed the practice of Taekwondo. This left people no option but to study in secret under famous masters. In 1945, Japan freed Korea and Taekwondo flourished. Taekowndo is still expanding greatly throughout the world by being given the honor of being a full medal sport at the recent 2000 Olympic games.
The tenants of Taekwondo are very important to me. I believe that they each contain specific meanings and lessons that will help make life flow more smoothly. I’ve encountered some rough times since I joined Taekwondo five years ago. The tenants have helped me through those rough times. The
The most important person to me during my Taekwondo training has been my instructor, Sha bam nim Carpenter. She"tms provided support and encouragement for me to try my hardest at all times. I"tmve benefitted from Taekwondo in many ways. I used to think that attaining a black belt signified mastery of a Martial Art. No black belt should brag about achievements or be conceited because after years of training, someone should know that there"tms much more to the art than just winning. I"tmve also learned to always look for ways to improve things. one tenant that I can relate to the most is "Perseverance". For example; If I happen to fall a bit behind at school, I think back to my Taekowndo training and realize that if I put my mind to it, I can succeed. You have to learn to conquer your fears. I didn"tmt know what to expect, so doubts arose in my mind; would it hurt what if I hit the holder"tms hand What if it didn"tmt break or what if I missed the board completely At that moment I had to put all of my "what if"tms" behind me and just think optimistically about breaking the board. Bravery was also something that I developed. I remember when I was testing for my green belt, I had to break my first board.