• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

TaeKwonDo: A Sport, A Culture,

Extracts from this document...


TaeKwonDo: A Sport, A Culture, A Way of Life, Although many people who are unfamiliar with taekwondo believe it to be a blood-thirsty and violent sport, those who are involved in taekwondo know that it is more than a sport, but an art and a way of life which teaches non-violence and a strict code of moral conduct. TaeKwonDo: A Sport, A Culture, A Way of Life, I. Whether People Practice Taekwondo For�K. II. History of Taekwondo A. Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) B. Choson Dynasty (1392-1910) C. Contemporary Period III. Taekwondo Mind and Its Effects A. Taekwondo Mind B. Meaning and Effects of Training C. Cloth Belts IV. Taekwondo Organizations A. Kukkiwon B. International Taekwondo Federation V. How Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism Have Influenced Taekwondo A. Confucianism B. Taoism C. Buddhism D. Implementing the Philosophies V. A Better World and Taekwondo Whether people practice taekwondo for sport, recreation, art, or just for a hobby, there are five tenets that govern the practitioner's life. Those five tenets are: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. For thousands of years, regardless of what their purpose might be for practicing taekwondo, it cannot help but have a positive effect both physically and mentally on the individual. History of Tae Kwon Do All people are equipped with an instinct to defend themselves, and therefore they are in need of various means to fend off enemies. The human ancestry, however, didn't yet have any means to protect itself from enemy attacks, and people had to rely on skills of their bare hands. The emergence of taekwondo is no different from this background. As humans began to use tools, weapons developed, but even then the survival instinct continued to exist and people devoted themselves to developing physical strength and skills. During the Three Kingdoms period (1st century B.C. - A.D. 7th century) taekwondo became the basic sport for states and villages as a way to improve national defense and combat skills, and soon it was developed, with the emphasis as a sport, in religious rituals. ...read more.


Taekwondo Organizations As taekwondo's originating country, Korea has many organizations and associations for this sport. Among them, two organizations are of greater importance Kukkiwon, the headquarters of international taekwondo, and the International Taekwondo Federation. Kukkiwon It was founded in 1972 in order to research and develop traditional taekwondo spirit and techniques as well as to centralize organizations to make taekwondo a world-class sport. The International Taekwondo Federation, headquartered at Kukkiwon, was opened in May 1973 and plays an important role in developing international taekwondo. Kukkiwon, as a mecca for taekwondo, has trained 15,000 masters through affiliated Taekwondo Academy in order to correctly propagate taekwondo. These masters devote themselves to spreading taekwondo all over the Earth Village. Poom or Dan promotion tests and issuance of certificates, one of the main functions of this organization, are internationally recognized. The regulations of the International Taekwondo Federation specify that Dan certificates should be approved by Kukkiwon, and for international competitions, only athletes with these Dan certificates are qualified to participate. (Official WTF Taekwondo p163). International Taekwondo Federation This federation was founded in May 1973 with the purpose of spreading taekwondo worldwide along with Korea's unique taekwondo spirit. In 1975, it joined General Assembly of International Sports Federations (GAISF), and now it is a focal organization in the international taekwondo field by hosting many international games including the International Taekwondo Championships and World Cup Championships. In addition, taekwondo masters are regularly dispatched to popularize and improve taekwondo techniques, and through seminars and educational programs judges are trained and their qualifications maintained. In the present, 144 countries are members, and there are 50 million taekwondo population throughout the world. It is headquartered at Kukkiwon, and since 1973 Kim Un-yong, a Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, has been president. (Official WTF Taekwondo p 174). How Confucianism, Taoism, And Buddhism Have Influenced Taekwondo The words ��physical�� and ��mental�� are often used to describe taekwondo training, and most instructors would agree that it develops students�� physical prowess and mental abilities. ...read more.


One Zen contribution to taekwondo is the concept of mushin no shin, or ��mind of no mind.�� The samurai had to empty their mind so they could be free from distraction. Although many taekwondo instructors never mention the term, they do mention a related one: spirit. They frequently explain that spirit is one of the most important aspects of taekwondo. There will always be someone who can kick higher, punch harder or sidestep more quickly, but if students cultivate their spirit to the highest degree possible, they will always perform at their best in whatever they do, and that is all they can ask of themselves. (Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts p94). Instructors know that it is their spirit, not physical technique, that motivates the class and enables the students to learn taekwondo. Through the instructors�� enthusiasm and dedication, the students�� level can be improved. And that spirit is contagious. By sharing their spirit, they hope their students will be able to tap into it and eventually reach their own enlightenment. Implementing the Philosophies The practices and principles of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism that have influenced taekwondo can still be observed in today��s dojang. While Confucianism maintains order in the school, Taoism and Buddhism seek to lead students and instructors on a path of self-discovery and self-perfection. Although the dojang does not need to be turned into a temple, by following the tenets of these philosophies, instructors and students can become the best martial artists possible. As Confucius taught, every person must determine what he thinks he should do and then do his best. Even if he fails to achieve his goal, that is okay, for the important thing is to try. (Dynamic Taekwondo p113). A Better World and Taekwondo Although most would say that taekwondo is not be the answer to world peace, it is in fact an answer to re-instill the ideas of morals and values in today��s society. When a society is governed by values and morals, the society functions more efficiently as a whole and therefore would in fact make the world a better place to live in. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Contemporary Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Contemporary Studies essays

  1. Speaking & Listening My Hobby

    Even now, I have a young cousin of 5 years old, and after just one fishing trip with him this summer, he too now seems hooked on the sport, and I think it will just keep going like that, with new people getting involved with it all the time.

  2. A definition of the values and ethics associated with sportPrinciplesA principle is a basic ...

    Players with bad reputations that are openly disliked by the majority of fans are unlikely to move onto other limelight jobs when their career over as well as simply being disliked by the general public. When these players careers are over they still have to do the shopping, go out to eat etc.

  1. football law

    if a player wanted to play for a particular team and in turn the team wanted the player to play for them, provided his contract had expired, he still could not move without an agreement on a fee. Therefore the only thing that was preventing him from exercising his right

  2. Leisure and recreation

    more 'softer' sports such as badminton and golf which requires less energy. Eating out has become exceptionally popular because of the high employment rate that the country has. People work more hours so have less time and energy to cook so they visit local pubs and restaurants to have their dinner.

  1. Sports and society. I was involved in dancing since my childhood. My ...

    We demanded more money for the shows, but clients simply could not pay us more. Me and my friend Lev quit the dance group and decided to create our own group called "Fantazia," meaning people's fantasy. The group was created in 2007, at a time of economic turmoil.

  2. The development of sport throughout the industrial revolution and in the post industrial age.

    * Physical education is now established in the national curriculum as a foundation subject Pre Industrial Sport Medieval England From round about 1066 to 1485 in the Middle Ages. Most of Britain's population lived in rural areas. Around this time third was a growing towns life.

  1. The scale of the sport and its contribution to the UK economy

    Funding is a major issue in any organised activity especially sport. We've now established the hockey is not participated in on the scale that football is, this is a very important factor when in comes to financial support wherever it's coming from.

  2. Football rules, Laws and Regulations

    In order for a coach to swap a player with a sub, he must inform the assistant referee and then the assistant referee must inform the referee himself so that when ball is out of play, the team can make the change of player.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work