• The Phoenix

    In Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a bird that lives a long life, dies, and is reborn again. In life, I have had struggles that while unique to me, are not unique to humans. We all have challenges, we all get knocked down, and the people who get up are the ones who have a chance not only to survive, but to be successful. For me, the Phoenix is representative of that idea, and perfectly embodies both Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit, two of the core tenants of Taekwondo.

    Taekwondo: A Very Short History

    Taekwondo is based on concepts developed while Korea was occupied by Japan, which ended at the conclusion of WWII. The roots of Taekwondo can primarily be traced to several forms of Karate, and Kung Fu, along with traditional Korean martial arts practices, among many styles. The form of study officially came into existence on April 11, 1955, while the name itself was first coined in 1957 after being suggested by General Hong Hi Choi.

    Translating 'Taekwon' to English as a verb, it says something along the lines of “Smash with the foot (kick), break with the hand/fist (punch).” 'Do' refers to this as their method, or way of life. As these ideals are based on past traditional training with the necessary purpose of survival and protection, these concepts are now most commonly found in demonstration settings, such as belt tests, tournaments, and demonstrations.

    Approximately 1 in 100 people in the world study some form of Taekwondo. It can be seen at the highest levels in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the World University Games, among other events.