What is Tae Kwon Do?

Many centuries ago in a place known today as Korea, a form of weaponless self-defense came into practice which had no name. It was used often by the natives for survival against wild animals.

     Through the years, the practice developed into an art not only for use as self-defense, but also as a sport, a means of regular physical exercise, and a philosophy by which one could spiritually enrich his life.

     Today, the art is known as Tae Kwon Do, the Korean martial art; the perfect system of self-defense.  Literally translated, Tae means foot, Kwon means hand or fist, and Do denotes an art or way.  Tae Kwon Do translates to the “art of kicking and punching”.

     Tae Kwon Do is the Korean system of symmetrical body exercises designed for unarmed self-defense and counterattack.  But perhaps more importantly, Tae Kwon Do is a state of mind. It is the art of discipline to develop control, coordination and balance as well as courtesy and kindness.  Tae Kwon Do offers the excitement of competition, the blessing of good health through regular exercise and once mastered, remains a silent weapon with which one may defend their life if necessary, or the life of a helpless person.  Tae Kwon Do is a way of life.

Tae Kwon Do is unique in that it places heavy emphasis on kicking techniques - especially in Olympic free style sparring, but the art as a whole is much more complex and does not consist entirely of kicks.
Tae Kwon Do free sparring is an incredible cardiovascular workout.
Tae Kwon Do is an internationally recognized sport and an Olympic event that draws competitors from over 165 countries around the world.
Tae Kwon Do is a Martial Art and as such it can be used effectively in actual combat situations.
Tae Kwon Do is the national martial art of the Republic of Korea and is also a vital part of its cultural heritage.
Tae Kwon Do is FUN!

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Class times and locations:

Titusville Studio - Cherrytree, Pa.  Master Porta 814-827-9416
Monday 7-8:30 PM
Sat 10-11:30 AM

Cranberry TKD   Seneca, Pa. Old Cranberry High School - Master Jim Gifford 814-676-0766 (Instructor Cory Lewis)
Thursday 6-7:30 PM

Franklin, Pa. YMCA- Master Mike Wonderling 814-827-3931 
(Instructor Johnathan McElhaney)
Thursday;  6:30- 8 PM
Titusville, Pa. YMCA - Master Mike Wonderling 814-827-3931
Thursday; (kids) 6-7:00 PM
Thursday (adults) 7-8:30 PM

Meadville, Pa. Park Congregational Church - Master Jim Gifford 814-676-0766
Tuesday 6-7:30 PM

Sun Bae Warren, Pa. Kimio Nelson's Fighting Tigers Karate Studio 20974 Route 6 West, Warren, PA 16365                                                Dr. Patrick Farrell 814-688-3668   drpatfarrell@gmail.com
Monday; 7:00-8:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 PM

Central Ohio Tae Kwon Do - 1880 Tamarack Circle  Columbus, Oh; Master Guy Miller 614-940-5700
Tuesday and Thursday;  6:30- 8:00 PM,  Saturday 11AM -12:30 PM

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