Reflections on the Martial Arts

Martial arts are good for fitness and self-defense, but they are better for building character. 

My hands ached and my forearms were a little bloody as I gave the final bow to the master of our dojang in my test for the black belt. An odyssey that began as a second grader in karate class to deal with bullies was complete. My childhood karate ended when the money ran out, so I tried again with tang soo do and kenpo in college and tae kwon do in medical school. In both cases my training was cut short. During my first tour in Germany I started tae kwon do once more, but stopped after only a few months. I had tried four times to learn an Asian martial art, made it as far as blue belt, quit, and started over again.

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Tae Kwon Do Poomse

Tae Kwon Do is great for the body; providing exercise, increasing flexibility, and improving body control. Tae Kwon Do is also great for the mind; teaching discipline, enhancing concentration, and focusing goals. Because it is important to practice the forms outside of class, information on the forms are below:

Tae Kwon Do – Tae Geuk Forms 1-8

Tae Kwon Do Poomse-Forms