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Taeguek Sa Jang

Taeguek Sam Jang

Taeguek Ee Jang

Taeguek Il Jang

Taekwondo, the Art of Hand and Foot

Taekwondo, the art of fist and foot, is a modern Korean martial art. It is the unification of nine distinct martial arts systems that sprang up after the Japanese occupation of Korea ended after World War II. Because it is the unification of several systems and because of nationalistic prides and prejudices, its true origins are diverse and often hotly debated. Particularly nationalistic Taekwondo practitioners claim it is based upon ancient Korean martial arts, particularly _subak_ and _taekkyon_ and draws its roots from the _Hwarang_ (a royal warrior order in the ancient Korean kingdoms of _Goguryeo_, _Silla_, and _Baekje_). Others trace Taekwondos origins to Chinese and Japanese martial arts such as Kung Fu and Karate. In fact, the arguments and debates about Taekwondos origins are particularly wasted effort; all traditional martial arts influenced each other while each developed and retained specific characteristics.

Moo Do - Martial Arts, The Art of Stopping Fighting

Martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and others have evolved over hundreds or thousands of years from holistic lifestyles that encompass far more than just the ability to fight. Most martial arts draw heavily from the teaching of Buddha, Lao Tzu (Taoism), and Confucius, none of which devoted significant effort towards matters of war. Even Sun Tzu, the great author of the "Art of War" recognized that the ultimate strategy to win a war is to not fight

Ki Ahp - Shout with Concentration

Kiahp according to a variety of sources breaks down into two words: Ki for energy or spirit and Ahp which is variously described as to gather or to show movement. In other words it can mean either gathering energy or moving the spirit. In fact, the kiahp serves several purposes all of which relate to gathering energy or moving the spirit. At a primal level, like a lions roar, the kiahp can intimidate or frighten an opponent and break their concentration. At a basic physiological level, it promotes proper breathing, increases energy, and tightens the stomach muscles allowing one to absorb strikes and blows. At a psychological level, it helps to develop spiritual strength, increase confidence, and block fear through concentration and increased power.

MooGong - Guardian of the Peace

The great martial arts masters have understood for thousands of years martial arts are not about fighting, they are about stopping fighting. Many new students come to the martial arts because they think they want to be aggressive. Steven Seagal in Hard to Kill goes to a martial arts teacher to learn how to fight; to learn how to be great. They fail to understand the true goal of martial arts is to be guardians of the peace, to learn to avoid aggression, but to be able to respond to aggression when required. Seagal's master tells him first learn how to heal people to be great; to hurt people is easy.

Jung Shin Tong Il - Concentration of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotion

A spirit with a vision, is a dream with a mission

A person may have strength, but without the mind, he can not learn beyond simple things and is a brute flailing about. A person may have strength and mind, but without spirit, he has no desire to do more than is necessary, and exists only at the level of subsistence. A person with mind, body, and spirit may be capable of tremendous accomplishment, but without emotion, may care only for himself and become a bully or tyrant. History is also filled with strong, compassionate, intelligent, and determined people who have made great works for the betterment of others. There are also the rare individuals who are able to use the concentration of these abilities to make up for the lack of one of these capabilities.

Shim Shin Soo Ryun - Training of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotion

As a computing systems administrator, I work daily with complex computer and network systems. In designing a new service, I have to take care that each piece of the service is properly sized and configured to work with each other piece. Like a factory assembly line, each part of the service the processors, the memory, the storage, the networks must all be able to handle the information coming from the previous component or the performance will suffer. In a similar manner, no component should be over capable, or it will be wasteful.

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