Tenets of Taekwondo
Uniform and Belt Care
The Family that Kicks together, sticks together!
To keep your uniform crisp and looking good a long time:
1. Never use bleach when washing
(color safe bleach is fine)
bleach tends to turn a uniform yellow or gray
2. Always hang to dry, don't use the dryer
the dryer tends to breakdown the material and make it soft
3. Don't wear your uniform when eating
4. Don't wear your uniform when out playing with friends
5. Don't wash your belt.
This is ancient Korean philosophy. Washing the belt washes out the knowledge. When you receive a new belt that is too stiff to tie, throw it in the dryer for a little bit.
How to tie your belt.
Fold your belt in half, take the middle (which is at the fold line) and place that at your belly button. Wrap around your body and back to the front. Take the end that is on top and wrap from the bottom, underneath both pieces, pull snug. Now take the one on top, go over the one on bottom and up through the hole, pull tight. The ends of the belt should be coming out of the top of the knot and flop down (like bunny ears).
Single wrap (Panthers):
Wrap from behind and even up ends. Take the end that is on top and wrap from the bottom, underneath both pieces, pull snug. Now take the one on top, go over the one on bottom and up through the hole, pull tight. The ends of the belt should be coming out of the top of the knot and flop down (like bunny ears).
Sparring Gear can be washed. Shin/instep and forearm guards can go into a front load washer, hang to dry. Use sanitary wipes or spray on Chest gear and head gear. Mouth piece should be throughly rinsed after every use.
I will develop myself in a positive manner
and avoid anything that would endanger my
mental growth or physical health.
I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out
the best in myself and others.
I will use what I learn in class,
constructively and defensively,
to help myself and my fellow man
and never be abusive or offensive.
Courtesy - Being kind to one another.
Integrity - Trustworthy and honest
Self Control - Having a displine over ones actions
Perseverance - Determination
Indomitable Spirit - A "never quit" attitude
How to tie your belt
The flag, called "Tae Kuk," symbolizes the thought, philosophy, and mysticism of the Far East.
The circle in the center, red upper half and blue lower half, represents absolute, or the essential unity of all being. The Yang (positive) and the Yin (negative) divisions within the circle represent duality. Examples of duality are heaven and hell, fire and water, life and death, good and evil, or night and day
The four trigrams also indicate the duality of opposites and balances. In the upper left trigram, three unbroken lines symbolize Heaven; opposite them in the lower right, three broken lines represent Earth.
In the upper right trigram, two broken lines separated by an unbroken line is the symbol of Water; opposite them is Fire, symbolized by two unbroken lines separated by a broken line. Symbolic of the nation is the white background (the land), the circle (people), and the four trigrams (the government). All three make up the essential elements of the nation.