Taekwondo is the body, mind and spirit training as one entity. When there is physical training without mental discipline, good character cannot be realized. Similarly, without constant training, it is impossible to achieve control of the body and unity with the mind.
Physical Well-being + Mental Well-being = Benefits
Physical Well-being (Self-defence; Balance; Coordination; Flexibility; Speed; Cardiovascular fitness) + Mental Well-being (Self-confidence; Self-esteem; Improved focus and concentration; Stress reduction; Positive attitude; Discipline) = Benefits (Improved grades at school; Improved performance at work)
In addition to emphasizing personal excellence in training, Grandmaster Lee stresses the importance of balance in one’s life while using the martial art to progress toward a life goal. Family, work, school, and Taekwondo, are all facets of a practitioner’s existence, which must be evolved in harmonious balance.
“The beautiful thing about Taekwondo is that once a high level of technique is mastered, a great deal of self-confidence is developed. A person can depend on personal instinct and actual ability and call upon them when required. Unlike a soldier, who not only requires his gun but must remember his bullets and helmet as well, the skills of Taekwondo are always available and, like riding a bicycle, will never be forgotten.” (from Mastering Taekwondo by Grandmaster Tae E. Lee)
Grandmaster Lee’s students learn how to protect themselves, but in addition, Taekwondo is good for your body and good for your balance. It develops your hand and eye coordination and it is stimulating both mentally and spiritually.
“Taekwondo is not only kicking and punching and traditional fighting, it works toward a stronger spirit. It’s how you control your mind and body. Your real power comes from your inner spirit.”
“For a quarter century you have been a great inspiration to so many residents of Ottawa. Whether you are assisting the police, or raising funds for a charity like CHEO, or assisting with a local School Advisory Committee, you are a role model for all of our fellow citizens.…”
Mayor of Ottawa