We are proud to announce DALKO’s Miami, Florida agent, Raul Pacheco, and his son Joseph recently achieved black belt status in Taekwondo. Raul and his family started taking classes at their local gym as a way for everyone in the family to spend time together, as well as a way to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Raul and his children, Joseph and Amaya, attend Taekwondo classes while his wife, Maria, cheers them on as well as taking kickboxing and Krav Maga classes. Becoming a black-belt in Taekwondo is a hard thing to achieve and everyone at DALKO is proud of the Raul and Joseph for pushing themselves to achieve their goals. Amaya will be taking the her test in October… there’s no doubt she will join her father and brother as a black belt holder. The Pacheco’s are one tough family and we are glad that they’re in our corner.
Below is more information about what Taekwondo is and its philosophy.
“Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind.
To better understand what Taekwondo is we start by taking a closer look at the meaning of the word “Tae” “Kwon” “Do.” It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. “Tae” means “foot,” “leg,” or “to step on”; “Kwon” means “fist,” or “fight”; and “Do” means the “way” or “discipline.”
Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon ‘fists and feet,’ or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon ‘to put fists under control’ [or ‘to step on fists’]. Thus Taekwondo means “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”
Taekwondo is very different from many such oriental martial arts. First, physically it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. Second, the principle physical movements are in simpatico with that of the mind and life as a whole. Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another perspective.
Taekwondo can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, and life, and the unity of the pose [“Poomsae”] and confrontation, and cracking down. When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same. On the other hand, the right poomsae lead to the right confrontation, which will eventually produce great destructive power.
The philosophy of Tae Kwon Do is to build a more peaceful world. To accomplish this goal Tae Kwon Do begins with the foundation, the individual. The Art strives to develop the character, personality, and positive moral and ethical traits in each practitioner. It is upon this “foundation” of individuals possessing positive attitudes and characteristics that the “end goal” may be achieved
Today’s Taekwondo Philosophy is best summarized by the tenets of Taekwondo that are recited at the beginning of most Taekwondo classes
The Tenets Of Tae Kwon Do
Courtesy (Ye Ul)
Integrity (Yom Chi)
Perseverance (In Nae)
Self-Control (Guk Gi)
Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)
Tae Kwon Do strives to develop the positive aspects of an individual’s personality: Respect, Courtesy, Goodness, Trustworthiness, Loyalty, Humility, Courage, Patience, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control, an Indomitable Spirit and a sense of responsibility to help and respect all forms of life. This takes a great deal of hard training and many do not reach far enough to achieve perfection in all of these aspects. However, it is the physical, mental, and spiritual effort which the individual puts forth that develops the positive attributes and image of both the individual and how he or she perceives others. The task is not easy. Just like the metamorphosis an individual goes through from white belt to black belt and eventually Master, so the transition of the unification of nations united by laws of peace, is a long and hard task.“
The information above about Taekwondo was obtained from the following sources:
Philosophy. Retrieved from http://www.wtf.org/wtf_eng/site/about_taekwondo/philosophy.html
Philosophy of Tae Know Do. Retrieved from http://www.itatkd.com/tkdphil.html
The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do. Retrieved from http://www.itatkd.com/tenets.html
What is Taekwondo. Retrieved from http://www.wtf.org/wtf_eng/site/about_taekwondo/taekwondo.html