Center for Martial Arts & Fitness 

22 Center Street - Chicopee, MA 01013
Phone: (413) 594-9200   Fax: 413-594-9300



History Of Taekwondo And Our Philosophy on Teaching

OUR MISSION:

The Center For Martial Arts And Fitness is a non profit organization dedicated to teaching a well balanced martial arts & fitness lifestyle to students of all ages and abilities.  The center lays the foundation for the CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT of all its students.  Our goal is to transform everyday children into extraordinary leaders by: motivating them to achieve EXCELLENCE through PERSISTENCE and SELF-DISCIPLINE; instilling a RESPECT for their authority; and imparting the CONFIDENCE to live a life of INTEGRITY while experiencing the joy of discovering their unique CREATIVITY
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PHILOSOPHY:

Taekwondo is a way of life!  It teaches us to commit ourselves to our goals and develop effective strategies to achieve them.  Our training allows us to become more confident in ourselves and develop a strong sense of self-esteem.  It is a system of training both the mind and the body in which great emphasis is placed on the moral development of its students.  Throughout our training we treat our bodies with respect and improve our own strength and ability.  Our “spirit” can also be called our “heart”.  It is the heart or spirit that pushes us to do twenty more kicks, to run another mile or to practice our form one more time until we have it right.  It is the spirit that refuses to quit or allow us to give up.  It is the spirit that helps the mind overcome fear.  A true Taekwondo student knows how to behave in all situations.
  

 

Today, Taekwondo is the most widely practiced and fastest growing form of martial art in the world.  Due to its immense popularity, Taekwondo was introduced as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.  Twelve years later, it became an official competitive Olympic sport in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney,  Australia.  Although there are many different forms of martial arts across the globe, Taekwondo was chosen for the Olympics because it combines all aspects of the various different forms of martial arts.  Over 30 million people practice Taekwondo in more than 156 countries, making it an ideal choice for this world-class event.

 
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. Taekwondo is often translated as: 'the way of hand and foot'. 

 

Tae means: “to strike or block with the foot” or “to kick”

Kwon means: “Fist” or “to strike or block with hand

Do means: “The way of” or “art”

 

Taekwondo literally means: "the art of kicking and punching" or "the art of unarmed combat".  Although it is a system of self-defense, it is more than a physical fighting skill. It represents a way of thinking and a pattern of life requiring strict discipline. It is a system of training both the mind and the body in which great emphasis is placed on the moral development of its students. Taekwondo is learning how to combine the spirit, mind and body to achieve spiritual, mental and physical balance.  Taekwondo is a way of life.  We learn that avoiding conflict is not a sign of a coward, it is a sign of wisdom.  It teaches us to commit ourselves to our goals and develop effective strategies to achieve them.  Through Taekwondo training, we treat our bodies with respect and improve our own strength and ability.  Our “spirit” can also be called our “heart”.  It is the heart or spirit that pushes us to do twenty more kicks, to run another mile or to practice our form one more time until we have it right.  It is the spirit that refuses to quit or allow us to give up.  It is the spirit that helps the mind overcome fear. 

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