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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How young is too young and how old is too old to begin taking Taekwondo?
Children as young as 3 can benefit from Taekwondo by learning to develop focus and attention as well as courtesy and respect for their instructors. At the same time their senior citizen grandparents can begin Taekwondo in order to assist with balance, strength and general physical fitness improvements (please see Rosa’s testimonial under “Case study”). Grandmaster Lee has guided students as old as 85 — including the physically challenged — to the level of Black Belt and beyond.

Q: Where does Taekwondo originate?
Taekwondo, which originates from Korea, is a martial art with a history that dates back over 2,000 years. In Korea, Taekwondo is revered as both a powerful martial art and as a philosophical discipline.

Q: What does Taekwondo mean?
Taekwondo translates literally to the way of kicking feet and striking hands, a distinctly Korean Martial Art that requires no weapons. Tae refers to the lower body, particularly the legs. Kwon refers to the torso and is concerned with everything done by the arms and hands. Do is the philosophical foundation of Tae & Kwon, it refers to everything from the neck up, the spiritual nature of Taekwondo.

Q: How is Taekwondo different from other martial arts?
Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art. There is significantly more to Taekwondo than simply keeping fit and learning how to fight. Grandmaster Tae E. Lee leverages both mental and physical development to enable a state of emotional well being, free from stress and fear. Tae E. Lee Taekwondo provides a complete system of self-defense, and a truly unique approach to living.

Q: What are the benefits of learning to practice the art of Taekwondo?
There are many benefits to the practice of Taekwondo however the ones most often quoted include: self-confidence, physical fitness, mental agility, personal security, improved concentration at work or at school and an overall feeling of well-being.

Q: How long has Grandmaster Lee’s School been in existence?
Grandmaster Lee opened the city’s first Taekwondo school when he came to Ottawa in 1977. Since then he has trained literally thousands of students, young and old.

Q: What is the meaning of Grandmaster Lee’s “Moo Kwang” philosophy?
Grandmaster Lee developed the Moo Kwang philosophy to reflect his belief that Taekwondo can unite the mind, body and spirit. The philosophy of Moo Kwang Taekwondo begins with the name of the martial art itself. The interpretation is as follows: Moo = non-stop and eternal; Kwang = brightness. This philosophy emphasizes striving to be your personal best in three areas of your life: home, work/school and Taekwondo. Grandmaster Lee’s system enables students to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Q: What is the highest Black Belt level that can be achieved in Taekwondo?
The highest level attainable is a 9th DAN Black Belt. Grandmaster Lee, a student of Taekwondo since the age of 12, is one of the highest-ranking Grandmasters in the world. Furthermore, he is one of the few actively teaching 9th DAN Black Belts in the world.

Q: Is Taekwondo a sport at the Olympic Games?
Do Not Be Confused! Only WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) Taekwondo is an Olympic Sport — not all styles of Taekwondo are eligible. Medals for the sport of Taekwondo were first presented at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000. At that time Canada won it’s first medal, a bronze, in the Women’s Heavyweight competition. Grandmaster Lee as a member of the Executive Council of the World Taekwondo Federation was instrumental in having Taekwondo recognized as an official Olympic sport.

Q: How is Tae E. Lee Taekwondo different and what makes our program unique?
As an authentic Korean Grandmaster, only Grandmaster Lee can distill and pass on the intricacies of Taekwondo which is a Korean Martial Art. With over 35 years of teaching experience, Grandmaster Lee is the highest qualified instructor in Ottawa. Further, he teaches his classes personally, so that each student gets to learn from the best. Grandmaster Lee’s program is more than just kicking and punching — it is a comprehensive program for children, teens, and adults, which helps to improve overall well-being in all areas of your life.