Definition of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art, which requires the use of hands and feet without weapons. The ultimate goal of Tae Kwon Do is to achieve total mind and body unity.
Aims to Achieve
Theory of Power
1) Students must bow to the flags, Sah-bum-nim, and all other high ranking belts when entering or leaving the Doe-chang.
2) Students must always respect and obey Sah-bum-nim and all other high ranking belts.
3) Students must use the word “sir” or “ma’am” when speaking to Sah-bum-nim or other high ranking belts.
4) When a Sah-bum-nim enters the Doe-chang, the highest ranking belt must call the class to attention and have the class bow.
5) There should be an absence of unnecessary conversation in the Doe-chang.
6) When a student must leave the Doe-chang during training, he or she must first receive permission from the Sah-bum-nim.
7) The Doe-chang must always be kept clean.
Basic School Language
Chun Gi Hyung – 19 movements – means heaven and earth.
Tan Gun Hyung – 21 movements – named after the Holy Tan Gun, legendary founder of Korea who founded legendary Korea in the year 2333 B.C.
Do San Hyung – 24 movements – named after the Korean scholar, Do San An Chan Ho, who dedicated his life to the education of Korea and its independence movement.
*Suh Kang Il Hyung – 32 movements – named after the grand master, Suh Jang Kang, his first form.
Won Hyo Hyung – 28 movements – named after the Buddhist monk, Won Hyo, who brought Buddhism to the Sylla Dynasty of Korea in the year 686 A.D.
Yul Gok Hyung – 38 movements – named after the Korean Confucius Yi Ei.
Choon Gun Hyung – 32 movements – name after the Korean patriot, An Choon Gun, who assasinated the first Japanese Governor General of Korea, Hero Bumo Ito.
Toi Gye Hyung – 37 movements – named after the neo-Confucian scholar, Yi Hwang.
Hwa-rang Hyung – 29 movements – named after the Hwa-rang youth group, whose motto was to be the driving force behind the unification of the three kingdoms of Korea, Sylla, Baek-Je, and Kogoro.
*Suh Kang Ei Hyung – 41 movements – named after the grand master, Suh Jang Kang, his second form.
Choong Moo Hyung – 30 movements – named after the Korean admiral and hero, Yi Sun Sin, after whom the first armored battleship of Korea was named.
(*These forms are not from the original 24 forms of Tae Kwon Do.)