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Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is both an agressive combat sport as well as an ethical system of self-defense. 

Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe. 

The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which meaning art, or "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot." 

While famous for its wide range of kicks and it's emphasis on breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet.  TaeKwonDo training also involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking as well as takedowns and small joint manipulation.  Taekwondo also has a strong focus on sparring and as well as teaching body mechanics through learning formal patterns of movement called forms. 

The style of Taekwondo supported by the ASTU is known as Traditional Chang Hon, a style specifically developed by General Choi for the South Korean Army and is now
accessible to anyone willing to learn through the ASTU!  We hope to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of all it's techniques. 




 Tenets of TaeKwonDo
:  To be thoughtful and considerate of others.  TaeKwonDo students and Instructors should be polite, and show consideration for others.

Integrity:  To be honest and good.  TaeKwonDo practitioners should live by a code of moral values and principles.

Perseverance:  To never give up in the pursuit of one's goals.  Students should welcome challenges, because challenges cause us to grow and improve.

Self-Control:  To have control of your body and mind.  A TaeKwonDo student should practice controlling his/her actions and reactions.

Indomitable Spirit:  To have courage in the face of adversity.  A TaeKwonDo student should never be dominated by, or have his/her spirit broken by another.




 What is Taekwondo?

Tae = means to 'strike' or 'block' with foot or leg

Kwon = means to 'strike' or 'block' with hand or fist

Do = means Art or 'The Way of' 

Put this together and Taekwondo means 'The Art of Hand and Foot fighting'.


Who Created Taekwondo and When?

General Choi HOng Hi (a South Korean General) founded  Taekwondo and perfected its techniques for many years before settling with the name Taekwondo 1955.