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Taekwon-Do

 Tae-kwon-do is a form of martial arts that originated in Korea over 1,300 years ago. To state it simply, it is a style of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defense. Tae-kwon-do is a form of martial arts in which one is not only trained physically, but in discipline, mental training and technique. It implies a way of thinking and life. This mental conditioning is what separates a tae-kwon-do master from someone who only looks at the fighting aspects of martial arts. Literally speaking, “tae” means to kick or smash with the foot, “kwon” means to destroy with the hand, and “do” implies the mean of art or way. Altogether, tae-kwon-do indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense, involving the application of punches, kicks, and blocks to defeat the opponent.

I have been practicing Taekwondo for over a year now and it has been a wonderful experience. When I joined Master Chung’s Taekwondo I was already a first degree black belt in Karate and an experienced martial artist. I wanted to learn tae-kwon-do mainly because of the competiveness of tae-kwon-do as a sport. Tae-kwon-do is one of the only martial arts that compete in the Olympics. Although the Olympics are a far cry for me, I love taking part in local tournaments. Master Chung encourages me to participate and teaches me the techniques needed to compete with others. Now, competing is one of my favorite aspects of tae-kwon-do and I really enjoy being able to show others what I have learned.

The basis of Taekwondo is mastering the techniques. There are challenging kicks, punches, forms and sparring (combat) which makes it a whole body exercise. If you think Taekwondo is only for physical exercise then you are in for a surprise. It also teaches you how to connect mind and body and achieve self-discipline which is essential in having a successful life.       

            There are plenty of reasons to join and train in Taekwondo such as exercise, competitiveness as a sport and self-discipline. The major reason people join Taekwondo is to learn how to defend themselves. As a young girl, I am confident that I am acquiring the skills to protect and defend myself from any harmful situations that I might face later on in my life.

        Master Chung’s Taekwondo provides a fun filled and positive learning experience. Master Chung is an experienced instructor who is willing to guide and help everyone with his expertise. By practicing Taekwondo you can develop a strong and focused mind as well as a conditioned body. Chung’s Taekwondo has provided me with a great environment to learn and master this sport. I have not only gotten the physical training I was looking for, but I also improved my mental strength and made many new friends.  

Deepika Kurup

Student at Chungs Taekwon-Do Academy

My Taekwondo Experience

 

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and is the national sport of South Korea.  Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport since 2000, and originated as a form of combat in 37 BC, in the three rival kingdoms of Koguryo, Shilla, and Paekje. The kingdom of Goguryeo had first started practicing a type of unarmed combat that they called subak. As the kingdoms practiced subak, groups of youth warriors formed, such as the Hwarangdo" in Shilla and "Sunbae" in Koguryo. Later the concept of subak disappeared became Taekkyon, and finally became what we know today as Taekwondo.

 

When I joined Chung’s TKD Academy in April, 2011, it was a very exciting experience for both me and my sister. I joined because my sister decided to do Taekwondo as an activity, and she needed me to make sure that she learned the right things. After a few classes, I realized that I was really enjoying myself, and I wanted to keep taking Taekwondo classes with Master Chung. I have taken Taekwondo classes for eight months now, and I have gone from white belt to green belt, an advancement of four belts. I have achieved this advancement with help from Master Chung. Master Chung has helped through the way by correcting me when I’m wrong, giving me tips to perform better, and always maintaining a positive attitude. Overall, Taekwondo is and continues to be an exciting and wonderful experience for me and my sister.

 

Anish Mukherjee

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Academy

Taekwondo

    Taekwondo changed my life by teaching me to defend myself. Now if I and my friends free fight it would be possible for me to win. It also changed my life because I get to do a fun sport every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Once I become a black belt I will be able to go to black belt classes with my friend Rishab. I also want to get a black belt because I want to achieve something for the first time in my life. I think Master Chung is the nicest and best martial arts teacher I have ever had. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be as strong as I am now than I was before.

     I wish I could go to Taekwondo every day but I am too busy. Taekwondo is the only sport I enjoy. I wish that I could be as good as Master Chung someday. He is the best puncher and kicker I have ever seen in my life. My other teachers didn' explain or teach as well as Master Chung. I don't know why but the way he teaches me actually makes me stronger and helps me a lot. I think Taekwondo is awesome! 

Rohit

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Academy

My Journey in Taekwondo

In my four years of practicing Taekwondo, Taekwondo has not only been a good means of releiving stress and providing entertainment, but it has also developed me as a person. Since starting in 2009, I have found that Taekwondo has affected much of my life outside Taekwondo including school and my general well-being. Taekwondo has enhanced my physical fitness, confidence, and discipline.

     Before I started studying Taekwondo, I had taken a break from physical activity for over a year. My endurance was awful. In fact, I remember during my first year of Taekwondo I once left class because I was so out of shape, and I felt as if I could not go on. However, physical fitness is not just about endurance; it is also about attitude. My time as a Taekwondo student has shown me that I need to push through difficult situations in whatever way possible. Now, I'm much more physically fit, and I no longer give up when I feel like I have been pushed to exhaustion.

     The emphasis on form and precise details in Taekwondo has also made me a more disciplined person. Every class I go to I notice that there is some part of a kick I need to improve. Whether I am making a small mistake or a great error, I realize that I must think about each part of a kick. This manner of thinking has helped me with my schoolwork. For example, when I solve math problems I make sure that I do not rush. Instead, I am disciplined enough to write out all of the steps and then check my work to make sure I solve the equation correctly. And so, with discipline I am able to develop any skill more efficiently.

     Finally, Taekwondo has built my confidence not only in my ability to defend myself but also in approaching situations in everday life. After practicing Taekwondo for over 3 years, I realize that most tasks are acheivable if you diligently apply yourself. During my junior year of high school, I felt overwhelmed by much of the course work from the new, advanced courses I was taking. Taekwondo taught me to approach situations knowing that with practice, a difficult situation can be made easier. Thus, I went into class everyday knowing that I have the capacity to succeed. I was not disheartened by momentary poor grades. As a result, my grades improved in the long run.

     Although I am going to test for my black belt, I understand that my journey in Taekwondo has just begun. There are still many areas that I feel I must improve on, and as I improve in those areas I will gain further insight into myself. Taekwondo has helped foster better physical fitness, confidence, and discipline in me, yet I am sure that I will develop in other aspects of my life as I continue studying this great martial art.

Christian Kline

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Academy

How Tae-kwon-do Has Helped Me

At first, Tae-kwon-do seemed only like a physical exercise to me. But as I advanced through the first few belts, I realized that there was more to Tae-kwon-do than I realized. Not only providing excellent physical exercise, this sport, which originated in Korea, helped me gain confidence, stay fit and healthy bot physically and mentally, and help me with hand-leg coordination.

     Before starting Tae-kwon-do, I was shy and didn't like speaking in front of people. I was not much of a leader. But leading the streches and helping others learn forms gave me confidence and took away my shyness. I got to lead the stretches a few times, and I've helped people with a lower rank belt learn their forms.

     One example of how Tae-kwon-do has helped me become a better person was in fifth grade. In the starting of fifth grade, when we had to present a social studies project, I did not want to present it. That was when I had just started Tae-kwon-do. Recentl, I had to present a German project about my family tree and I was not afraid to go first. In fact, I was the second person to present my project out of twenty-four students! This proves that I've gained confidence since starting Tae-kwon-do two years ago. I have made mistakes while leading the stretches, but this taught me that making mistakes was okay.

     Tae-kwon-do is the art of self defense. It is the art of protecting yourself from attackers. It is very good physical exercise. You do a variety of kicks and punches along with blocks. This has helped me stay fit and healthy physically. Getting exercise is important because it keeps youhealthy, which strengthens your immune system or in other words, prevents you from getting sick easily.

     Not only can exercise make you physically healthy, but it can also make you mentally healthy as well. For example, after I came home from Tae-kwon-do class, I felt energized and I wasn't tired at all. I was able to finish my homework quickl and accurately, which shows that it helps your brain get your blood flowing. Once the blood starts flowing, itactivates your brain and allows you to think much clearer.

     Hand coordination, which is one of the skills that Tae-kwon-do improves, is important because it helps your brain. While kicking, you may need to punch with your hand, and that is multitasking. Hand coordination helps with doing certain things such as drawing, knitting, sewing, etc. Your brain is able to think and work at the same time, which is the case when practicing Tae-kwon-do. Tae-kwon-do has helped me abundantly, in ways that may not seem obvious.

Sathvika Korandla

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Academy

What I have learned from Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is more than just a sport: it is a philosophy of life I've bowed into. Ever since I've started this sport, Tae Kwon Do has demanded my fullest physical and mental attention. Each day confidence has grown within me, as self-motivation to meet my goals in skill and physical discipline has slowly increased. From Tae Kwon Do I've also learned first hand the meaning of perseverance.

Being self-confident matters. My first day of Tae Kwon Do class I was eight, nervous and tiny; but after almost six years of studying, I have more self confidence.

The work it took to test for my 2nd degree black belt. Self-motivation to me is my hand stretching for my goal, a 2nd degree black belt. By watching higher belts, I think of how they achieved their goals and know that I must do the same things to move forward: come to class, pay attention, and practice at home. For me, every time my opponent steps backwards, I step forward, because now I am self-motivated, unblinking and disciplined to reach my dreams in life. 

Perseverance is always is always finding a way through obstacles and different situations. It is the most important skill I've learned in Tae Kwon Do. To me, Tae Kwon Do is a "yes" philosophy of life and a continuing way to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving any goal I chose. Not only have I learned difficult kicks and forms, but my studies have helped me gain self-confidence, learn self-motivation, and become disciplined. Without Tae Kwon Do, I would have a completely different way of thinking, and doubt I would be as successful as I am today.  What I 

By Joseph Cho

How Tae-Kwon-Do Changed My Life

     I started Tae-kwon-do at about the age of 8. Tae-kwon-do has changed my life by improving my confidence. I used to get nervous while making a shot in basketball or putting in gol but now after learning Tae-kwon-do I feel confident.

     I also play less video games due to Tae-kwon-do. I used to do my homework and go upstairs to play video games, but now when I come home, after doing my homework, I get ready and go to Tae-kwon-do. I don't have time to spend on video games and television. This has improved my focus in school.

     Tae-kwon-do has helped me become stronger. I hit the golf ball 30 yards further now and in baseball I can hit the ball 10 feet further. I now have reflexes and I can run much faster. This helps me get away from my defenders and catch a fast football.

     I have also learned discipline and how to respect others. I listen carefully to Master Chung, my other teachers in school, other sports and my parents.

     I also have a lot of friends at Tae-kwon-do. Some of them go to my school; we regularly discuss our Tae-kwon-do blocks at lunch time and during recess. I have fun at Tae-kwon-do. Meeting my friends oand meeting them outside of school is fun.

Nicholas Nautiyal

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Academy

Taekwondo Essay

In the two years since my first degree black belt test, I have had the opportunity to reinforce existing skills as well as to learn more advanced techniques. Every time we work hard to practice a new skill in class I struggle with the idea that as a black belt I should be able to do better every time. The more I practice the advanced techniques the more I am reminded that I am still a student and sometimes not a very good one.

As we each make our way through class and learn all the different techniques, we set examples for each other. There are color belt that perform some techniques than I can, and I hope that I can set s similarly good example in turn with the techniques that I can do well.

Another rewarding aspect of being a student here at Chung's Taekwondo has been the variety of people I have gotten to know- students  old and young, from many different walks of life I would never have met otherwise. I have learned useful things from many of them.

I have also found that helping out with some of the children's classes has been very rewarding- many of the children show a great deal  of talent and it is a pleasure to see them grow in their skill.

In the future I hope to continue to learn more advanced skills and become better at the existing ones. I need to continue to improve my flexibility, something I struggle with.

As I continue as a Taekwondo student I want to continue to help out with classes and begin to learn teaching skills.

The more I study Taekwondo and the more things I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn, not just techniques and skills but also about my fellow students and about myself.

William Drislane

Student at Chungs Taekwondo Academy

How Taekwondo Has Affected My Life Positively

 Taekwondo has affected my life positively in many ways for the past three years of my life. It has made me a more perseverant person. It has also helped me to be more courteous. And I have a more indomitable spirit. I also try to be more respectful to my parents and teachers.

     Taekwondo has made me so much more perseverant in my everyday life. I now hardly ever give up or quit. I keep my head held high and keep on going instead of quitting. It especially helps me when I feel discouraged or when I feel exhausted and like I can't continue. Now I don't give up because I want to be more perseverant.

     I have always been polite and helpful but now with Taekwondo I have tried to be much more courteous. I now say please and thank you a lot more than I used to. I also let my elders serve themselves their meals before I serve myself. I also help them when they spill water or need assistance for walking up our front hill or going down he stairs. I also try to help my neighbors whenever I can. For example, I help them with their trashcans, their groceries, and I rake their leaves, and shovel their driveway and porch and walkways when it snows.

     Taekwondo has also helped me have a more indomitable spirit. My spirit is now more unbreakable. If I set a goal the I will really try o reach it even if it seems challenging and hard. In school even if I get a bad grade, I will try harder to study to get a better one next time. I work out and run and exercise more so that I have a strong body and healthy spirit. My indomitable spirit helps me in school and it also helps me in Taekwondo. I try to be very crisp and powerful in the moves for my forms. An if I make a mistake I still keep going. And I try to keep a positive balance in my life in all that I am doing.

     Now I hope you see how I have changed my life in so many ways with Taekwondo. Besides improving my perseverance, courtesy, and my indomitable spirit, I feel physically and mentally stronger. I have really enjoyed my Taekwondo experience. I have met tons of cool people and gotten to work with Master Chung who is an amazing Master. I now have much more balance in ll that i do and I would like to always have that balance be a part of my life.

Pat Ulmen

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Academy

Taekwondo Essay

Taekwondo is a sport that builds your inside and your outside. For instance, I was not a thin kid when I started, but now I am strong, thin, and tall. My strength is much better now than a year ago.

I have also learned to be respectful to my master and my elders.For example, when I come into the school I have to bow to the flag and to Master Chung. My master has also taught me to be patient because of his patience.

The Five Tenets of Taekwondo are Courtesy, Integrity, Perserverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. I have worked on every single one and I am happy about that. The feeling of achieving something gives me a warm feeling. These Five Tenets have given a positive impact on my life. 

Nathan Sidnow

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Acadamey

Taekwondo Essay

Taekwondo is fun. Before I came to Taekwondo I was slow and weak. Now I am strong, fast and my body is moving very fast and flexible. I can easily jump, bend and stretch. At my school I am not able to play every game before I join Taekwondo, now I am able to play all the games everybody plays. I got more manners and discipline after going to Taekwondo. Taekwondo also made my life a lot easier. I got new friends at Taekwondo but I only met a few. Now I got more balance, concentration, self confidence and easy going. 

Shreyas Pedda

Student at Chung's Taekwondo Acadamey

What Tae Kown Do Means to Me

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean national martial art started over 1300 years ago and is the national sport of South Korea. it is the only martial art that is an Olympic sport. " Tae " means to kick with the foot, " kwon " means to destroy with the hand and ' do " means the way to do it. Put together, Tae Kwon Do is the way you use your hands and feet for self-defense. In Tae Kwon Do your entire body and mind must work together to defeat your opponent.

I have been learning Tae Kwon Do from Master Chung for over 2 1/2 years now. At first, learning the forms and kicks were hard, but now I don't have to think about the sequence of the moves anymore. I like Tae Kwon Do because it has taught me discipline, not only physically but also mentally. It has taught me to control my body, my actions and my thoughts for a single goal.

 My favorite part of Tae Kwon Do is the forms. I like the fluid motion and the strong stance that we have to maintain while executing each form. Each crisp and sharp movement must be precise and each kick must be correctly timed to be smooth and even. I also really enjoyed making up my own self-defenses because it has helped me when I spar with other students. I also have control over what I can do and cannot do so I can include moves that I have mastered and also practice moves I am not so fluent with.  

Tae Kwon Do has helped me in many ways. From the first time I started practicing Tae Kwon Do to today, I can feel how much stronger my body has become. I can control my body's movements in many different ways that I never knew I could do before. More importantly, I want to try new things and even if it is hard at first, I keep trying because I know if i set my mind to it , I can do anything. I am so proud of what I have been able to acomplish with Tae Kwon Do  and hope to keep learning more strategies and techniques as I grow. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean national martial art started over 1300 years ago and is the national sport of South Korea. it is the only martial art that is an Olympic sport. " Tae " means to kick with the foot, " kwon " means to destroy with the hand and ' do " means the way to do it. Put together, Tae Kwon Do is the way you use your hands and feet for self-defense. In Tae Kwon Do your entire body and mind must work together to defeat your opponent.

I have been learning Tae Kwon Do from Master Chung for over 2 1/2 years now. At first, learning the forms and kicks were hard, but now I don't have to think about the sequence of the moves anymore. I like Tae Kwon Do because it has taught me discipline, not only physically but also mentally. It has taught me to control my body, my actions and my thoughts for a single goal.

 My favorite part of Tae Kwon Do is the forms. I like the fluid motion and the strong stance that we have to maintain while executing each form. Each crisp and sharp movement must be precise and each kick must be correctly timed to be smooth and even. I also really enjoyed making up my own self-defenses because it has helped me when I spar with other students. I also have control over what I can do and cannot do so I can include moves that I have mastered and also practice moves I am not so fluent with.  

Tae Kwon Do has helped me in many ways. From the first time I started practicing Tae Kwon Do to today, I can feel how much stronger my body has become. I can control my body's movements in many different ways that I never knew I could do before. More importantly, I want to try new things and even if it is hard at first, I keep trying because I know if i set my mind to it , I can do anything. I am so proud of what I have been able to acomplish with Tae Kwon Do  and hope to keep learning more strategies and techniques as I grow. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean national martial art started over 1300 years ago and is the national sport of South Korea. it is the only martial art that is an Olympic sport. " Tae " means to kick with the foot, " kwon " means to destroy with the hand and ' do " means the way to do it. Put together, Tae Kwon Do is the way you use your hands and feet for self-defense. In Tae Kwon Do your entire body and mind must work together to defeat your opponent.

I have been learning Tae Kwon Do from Master Chung for over 2 1/2 years now. At first, learning the forms and kicks were hard, but now I don't have to think about the sequence of the moves anymore. I like Tae Kwon Do because it has taught me discipline, not only physically but also mentally. It has taught me to control my body, my actions and my thoughts for a single goal.

 My favorite part of Tae Kwon Do is the forms. I like the fluid motion and the strong stance that we have to maintain while executing each form. Each crisp and sharp movement must be precise and each kick must be correctly timed to be smooth and even. I also really enjoyed making up my own self-defenses because it has helped me when I spar with other students. I also have control over what I can do and cannot do so I can include moves that I have mastered and also practice moves I am not so fluent with.  

Tae Kwon Do has helped me in many ways. From the first time I started practicing Tae Kwon Do to today, I can feel how much stronger my body has become. I can control my body's movements in many different ways that I never knew I could do before. More importantly, I want to try new things and even if it is hard at first, I keep trying because I know if i set my mind to it , I can do anything. I am so proud of what I have been able to acomplish with Tae Kwon Do  and hope to keep learning more strategies and techniques as I grow. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean national martial art started over 1300 years ago and is the national sport of South Korea. it is the only martial art that is an Olympic sport. " Tae " means to kick with the foot, " kwon " means to destroy with the hand and ' do " means the way to do it. Put together, Tae Kwon Do is the way you use your hands and feet for self-defense. In Tae Kwon Do your entire body and mind must work together to defeat your opponent.

I have been learning Tae Kwon Do from Master Chung for over 2 1/2 years now. At first, learning the forms and kicks were hard, but now I don't have to think about the sequence of the moves anymore. I like Tae Kwon Do because it has taught me discipline, not only physically but also mentally. It has taught me to control my body, my actions and my thoughts for a single goal.

 My favorite part of Tae Kwon Do is the forms. I like the fluid motion and the strong stance that we have to maintain while executing each form. Each crisp and sharp movement must be precise and each kick must be correctly timed to be smooth and even. I also really enjoyed making up my own self-defenses because it has helped me when I spar with other students. I also have control over what I can do and cannot do so I can include moves that I have mastered and also practice moves I am not so fluent with.  

Tae Kwon Do has helped me in many ways. From the first time I started practicing Tae Kwon Do to today, I can feel how much stronger my body has become. I can control my body's movements in many different ways that I never knew I could do before. More importantly, I want to try new things and even if it is hard at first, I keep trying because I know if i set my mind to it , I can do anything. I am so proud of what I have been able to acomplish with Tae Kwon Do  and hope to keep learning more strategies and techniques as I grow. 

Shreya Nagri

Student at Chungs Taekwondo Academy