Literally translated, the Korean word, "TAE" means " to kick or squash with the foot". "KWON" implies " a hand or fist to block, punch, or strike ". "DO" means an "art" or a "way". Thus, "Tae Kwon Do" means, "the art of kicking, blocking and punching".

However, Tae Kwon Do is not merely a physical fighting skill- it is rather, a way of thought and life. Through strict discipline Tae Kwon Do trains both the mind and body, placing great emphasis on the development of personal character. In other words, control of the mind, self discipline, kindness and humility must accompany the physical strength.