At UTC, we believe that Taekwondo is a vehicle which helps guide someone to find their fullest potential. Taekwondo is the purest form of discipline, which requires you to work to refine your craft. This constant necessity to objectively evaluate oneself helps our students to have more positive character traits that will translate to their work ethic, school grades, behavior at home, and on the playing field.
Our goals are to:
- Empower our students with abilities and techniques to be able to defend themselves.
- Help contribute to a more healthful lifestyle: mentally, physically, and emotionally.
- Provide a family-like environment between our masters, staff, students, and parents.
- Try our very best to help each of our students grow as individuals to make help make this world a better place.
We have been the leading Taekwondo training center since 2000 in the tri-state area, with 16 convenient locations. The class schedules are flexible, so we can almost always accommodate your busy schedule. Classes are divided by belt ranking and ages as well to help cater towards your skill level.
Most importantly, we encourage a positive learning environment to help students and families make the most of their experience at United Taekwondo. We provide a family-like environment where the Masters and Instructors genuinely care for each and every student. Kicking correction days are designated specifically to help students increase dexterity with their feet as well as develop a stronger core. Self-Defense and board breaking days are assigned to help students gain confidence in their abilities. Sparring is done strictly on certain days and for our Team Black Belt students. They will develop techniques and sparring “steps” which will let them understand distance and timing to use their strikes more effectively.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. The word “Taekwondo”, when broken down, has different meanings. The first part of the word,태 (Tae), means to strike with your foot. 권 (Kwon) is the attacks with your fist. Last but most importantly, 도 (Do) is the way, the method, or the art of Taekwondo. This means that Taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the way of the foot and fist”. It is the world’s most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Since the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport.
There are two main styles of Taekwondo. One comes from 국기원 (Kukkiwon), the source of the sparring system 시합 겨루기 (Sihap Gyeorugi), which is an event at the summer Olympic Games. This is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation, the headquarters of Taekwondo which is located in Korea. The other comes from the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF).
Separate from the various Taekwondo organizations, there have been two general branches of Taekwondo development: traditional and sport. The term “traditional taekwondo” typically is used to describe the martial art as it was in the 1950’s and 60’s. The names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history. “Sport Taekwondo” has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition. Traditional Taekwondo tends to emphasize power and self-defense.
The oldest Korean martial art was a mixture of unarmed combat styles developed by the three rival Korean kingdoms of Goguryeo, Silla and Baekje, where young men were trained in unarmed combat techniques to develop strength, speed, and survival skills. Those who demonstrated strong natural aptitude were selected as trainees in the new special warrior corps called the Hwarang. It was believed that young men with a talent for the liberal arts may have the grace to become competent warriors. These warriors were instructed in academics as well as martial arts, learning philosophy, history, a code of ethics, and sports. Their military training included an extensive weapons program involving swordsmanship and archery, both on horseback and on foot, as well as lessons in military tactics and unarmed combat. The Hwarang set up a military academy for the sons of royalty in Silla called Hwarang-do, which means “the way of flowering manhood.” The guiding principles of the Hwarang warriors were based on Won Gwang’s five codes of human conduct and included loyalty, filial duty, trustworthiness, valor and justice. Taekkyeon was spread throughout Korea because the Hwarang traveled all around the peninsula to learn about the other regions and people.