What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a modern Korean martial art organized in the 1950’s. Although taekwondo continually evolves, it is derived from ancient fighting arts indigenous to Korea and its neighbors. The name of the art refers directly to its nature, and is composed of three Korean words. The first, “tae,” means ‘kicking’. “Kwon” means punching. “Do” means ‘way of.’ The word “taekwondo” therefore translates to mean ‘the way of kicking and punching.’
The practice of taekwondo develops the body through rigorous physical training. It develops the mind by imparting systems of etiquette, learning, and reason. It also develops the spirit, by requiring each individual to face and overcome weaknesses and difficulties. All three of these will serve to strengthen the taekwondo practitioner, both inside and outside the dojang (training hall).
The MSU taekwondo program was founded by Jongoon “Jay” Kim in 1960, and is one of the oldest taekwondo programs in the country. Participants are encouraged to seek a balance benefiting their martial art skill, work, academics, and overall well-being. MSU taekwondo practitioners strive to better themselves by seeking excellence in all things, not perfection.
The MSU Taekwondo Program offers many ways to practice the Art of Taekwondo.
- Michigan State University was the first in the country to offer Martial Arts classes on a for credit basis. KIN 102K (Taekwondo I) is a beginner level one credit class.
- The Taekwondo Team develops and trains athletes in the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo and International Poomsae Competition.