Definition of TaeKwon-Do  
By General Choi Hong Hi

TaeKwon-Do.......A way of life. What exactly is TaeKwon-Do?

To put it simply, TaeKwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defense. It is more than that, however.  

It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defense; a body that has gained the ultimate use of it's facilities through intensive physical and mental training.

It is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a martial art, it's discipline, technique and mental training are mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that seperates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.

This is one of the reasons that TaeKwon-Do is called an art of self-defense. It also implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of nobel moral rearmament.

Translated literally.... "Tae" stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist.. chiefly to puch or destroy with the hand or fist. "do" means an art or way...the way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past. Thus taken collectively, "Taekwon-Do" indicates the mental training and techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving skilled applicationof punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.

TaeKwon-Do definitely enables the weak to possess a fine weapon together with a confidence to defend him/herself and defeat the opponent as well.

Of course, wrongly applied, TaeKwon-Do can be a lethal weapon. Therefore mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.

As for women, they will undoubtedly find Tae kwon-Do an invaluable asset in tackling and driving away"wolves", so to speak. Frail women are now able to protect themselves, But really, they have been able to do so because they are well versed in the art of self-defense.