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The philosophy of Tae Kwon Do is to build a more peaceful world. To accomplish this goal Tae Kwon Do begins with the foundation, the individual. The Art strives to develop the character, personality, and positive moral and ethical traits in each practitioner. It is upon this "foundation" of individuals possessing positive attitudes and characteristics that the "end goal" may be achieved.
Tae Kwon Do strives to develop the positive aspects of an individual's personality: Respect, Courtesy, Goodness, Trustworthiness, Loyalty, Humility, Courage, Patience, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control, an Indomitable Spirit and a sense of responsibility to help and respect all forms of life. This takes a great deal of hard training and many do not reach far enough to achieve perfection in all of these aspects. However, it is the physical, mental, and spiritual effort which the individual puts forth that develops the positive attributes and image of both the individual and how he or she perceives others.
By helping mold an individual into a well-rounded and responsible person, the individual can pass onto others, through both his teachings and his personal actions, the principles he has learned through his Tae Kwon Do training. Individuals unite and become a family, families come together and form a community, communities merge and develop into a nation, and nations are what make up our present-day world. In order to help build a more peaceful world, Tae Kwon Do starts with one person at a time. Gradually groups form, dojangs (schools) emerge, organizations develop, until Tae Kwon Do's philosophy has influenced, in a positive way, enough persons, families, communities, and nations, to someday bring about, or at least help bring about, the unification of nations dedicated to helping each other.
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Dujon Taekwondo - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tae Kwon Do?
Are Martial arts difficult?
Movie martial arts versus self-defense...
Why martial arts?
Why should I choose Dujon Tae Kwon Do?
What is a typical lesson like?

What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean form of self-defense. It is known as a hard martial art as it depends on short but powerful and explosive kicks and punches sharing as it does many similarities with Japanese Karate. However Tae Kwon Do is not the same as Karate. Taekwondo literally means "the way of the hand and foot". The origins of Tae Kwon Do can be traced back to the Kokuryo Dynasty some 1500 hundred years ago. It was not until the Japanese occupation of Korea which began in 1907 and ended in 1945 that what we now know as the modern form of Taekwondo originated. The Korean Tae Kwon Do Association was founded by General Choi Hong Hi in 1965 which in turn founded the World Taekwondo Federation in 1972. And WTF Tae Kwon Do is now an established sport of the Olympic Games.

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Are Martial arts difficult?
The simple answer is yes. To reach a high standard at any sport requires a lot of hard work and determination but it is not impossible. Generally speaking the fitter you are the easier you will find the training. However it is our goal at Dujon Tae Kwon Do to get you to the best level of fitness possible.

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Movie martial arts versus self-defense...
A common misconception that many beginners have is that the training looks nothing like movie martial arts. This is because movie martial arts are rehearsed and choreographed moves executed by expert martial artists. In the real world your opponent is a moving target. There is no time for fancy moves as real fights are unrehearsed. You have to stay cool, think fast and hit hard. Often the simplest of kicks or punches will be enough to see off an assailant. All martial arts can teach you is how to effectively defend yourself. And this is only possible if you remain calm and are confident in yourself.

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Why martial arts?
If you find working out at a gym boring, aerobics classes too repetitive or just fancy doing something that will enable you to be more confident as a person than martial arts are for you. As you continue to train you will see clear improvements in your fitness and ability. The great thing about martial arts is that it enables you get fit whilst developing your ability to defend yourself. The process of grading which is an assessment of your ablilities allows you to measure your improvement.

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Why should I choose Dujon Tae Kwon Do?
If you want to learn Tae Kwon Do the Korean way, are disciplined enough to work hard every week and want to be part of club where every member is regarded as a friend then this is the club for you. All we ask for is that you have a focused mind, are respectful of others and have a positive attitude as the training will be demanding.

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What is a typical lesson like?
We start with warming up the body. As injuries can be sustained when muscles are cold it is very important to listen to the instructions when doing the warm up exercises. Typically this can last for up to fifteen minutes. Next we move onto practicing blocks, kicks and punches, gradually moving to combinations of all.
Rehearsal of basic techniques is an important part of the training as only by practicing these techniques will you move more fluently and feel more sure of yourself. Basic techniques are important and must be mastered as they form the foundation for the more advanced work that will follow. This part of the lesson will last for up to twenty minutes. We will then practice with focus mits and kicking pads commonly termed pad work. The idea here is to practice striking with control at a target and learn to judge the distance to your opponent. As ever you are trying to improve your flexibility, understanding of the technique used and develop your strength and speed. This will last for up to twenty minutes.
At about an hour into the two hour Saturday class we have a quick five minutes break before resuming training. By now you will be fully warmed up so we move onto more advanced combinations and pad work. All exercises are chosen to improve the agility, timing and accuracy of the students. Up to a half hour will be spent on further pad work and also is on one to one and free style sparring.
One to one sparring is when two students use as many different kicking and punching techniques as they know against one another to improve their speed, accuracy and control. Free style sparring is a controlled form of combat in which two students will pit their skills against each other learning how to implement the various techniques practiced earlier and how to incorporate these techniques into a fighting form.
Finally we will spend up to fifteen minutes practicing patterns. Patterns are set routines which demonstrate the students understanding of Taekwondo. Patterns are an important training aid allowing the student to practice complex fighting techniques against imaginary opponents using a combination of defensive and offensive moves and serve as the best means of assessment to gage the development of each student.
The final quarter hour is spent warming down which is just as important as warming up. Again the object of this exercise is to gradually and safely warm down all muscles to avoid any injury. This is an important part of the training and should not be taken lightly.
Each lesson will end with a bow to the teacher and to one another as a sign of friendship and respect.

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