Philosophy and Principles
Although recognized as a traditionalist, Mr. Kim views Taekwon-do as an art that must constantly evolve, requiring the dedication of practitioners to improve all of its facets.
We do not expend our precious time and effort on political matters, such as associations or federations. We devote ourselves solely to teaching and practicing the art of Taekwon-do. Anyone who shares with us the desire to become a good martial artist is welcome at our school, and can rest assured that there are no politics here.
We teach Taekwon-do as a complete system. This includes hand and foot blocks, punches, kicks, sweeps, joint locks, grappling and throws, as well as sport Taekwon-do (Olympic rules). Some students may choose to specialize in one or more of the specific areas, but the school will always provide classes on all aspects of Taekwon-do.
Any technique used by a martial artist must make good sense and be based upon sound physical principles. The practitioner must have a clear understanding of why each technique is done a certain way. Therefore, technical discussions with other students or instructors are encouraged in our school. This approach is quite unique among martial arts schools, and Mr. Kim’s own experience at Harvard and MIT may have attributed to instituting this approach at our school.
A Home For Martial Artists
We want each of our members to view the dojang as his/her home as a martial artist. Every member is allowed unlimited access to the school and classes during our extensive school hours. It is important to us that our members feel they can stop in anytime, for any reason.
We believe and abide by these school tenets:
Improvement of Mind and Body
We strive to achieve a harmonious balance in ourselves. The purpose of our school is not to produce tough and dangerous people, but to provide the means by which students bring out the best in themselves both physically and mentally. We provide balanced development for our members.
We advocate contributing to making this world a better and safer place for humanity, not through vigilantism, but through ethical self-conduct. Our students are instilled with the importance of responsible behavior. As more people follow this path, the influence of ethical behavior will grow stronger.
Unity Among Members
Our dojang is a small international community in itself, with students from many nations and heritages. And yet, our love and practice of Taekwon-do have brought us together. When we treat each other as family in our dojang — regardless of gender, race, ethnic background, or religion — it allows us to do the same for others outside the school.