The HanSoo TaeKwonDo Philosophy
HanSoo Taekwondo Academy was founded by Mr. Andrew Chasse in 1997. The program was started to introduce young children, teens and adults to the martial Art of Taekwondo and its benefits.
Taekwondo is the traditional Korean martial art which translates as the “art” or “way” of foot and fist fighting. Even though its translation refers to a fighting art, Taekwondo training offers a myriad of benefits to its practitioners. Through introduction to habits of fitness and gross motor skills, students evolve mentally and physically through traditional, yet progressive training methods. As students begin to grasp the forms, self defense and kicking and punching techniques, they improve in areas of coordination, fitness, focus, self-control and self confidence. Each individual becomes involved in their own personal process of development – inevitably, the beginning path of the martial artist.
Students progress through intermediate and advanced levels improving and perfecting skills while deepening their understanding of the art and their reasoning for involvement in it. It is normal that students start feeling more energized and focused in their daily activities. School grades improve and behavioral issues come under control. From the outside, martial art training appears very complicated and intense, but from the inside, over time, the student experiences an inner calmness, confidence and control. It is learning to understand and face the challenges and frustrations of training and applying it to life. It is the development of the “invisible” – the inner and true self.
The intention of training at HanSoo Taekwondo is to help people along in their everyday journey through life, whether it is a child, teen or adult. The importance of strong character and a healthy mind and body are emphasized. In today’s society, children face many difficult situations involving bullying, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol. The Taekwondo philosophy will help a student establish the values necessary from making correct and wise decision in a moment where there is no one around to guide them.
Through training Taekwondo, adults find an exceptional method of improving their fitness and flexibility levels, while finding a healthy release from the pressures of everyday life. Finding balance isn’t a goal that is reached, but rather a state that must constantly be maintained. It is an integration of elements found in Taekwondo training that can be extremely helpful, but often difficult to find without the guidance of a qualified teacher or instructor.
Training Taekwondo is a unique activity by itself. Many people are involved in Taekwondo as well as other sports and find that it benefits them through better strength speed, endurance and determination. The leadership qualities developed in Taekwondo training often results in practitioners being leaders and sometimes captains of their sports teams. It is different than sports in that it develops the person as an individual rather than a team. Both have their place, but the Taekwondo journey is one that surpasses sports when the spikes, balls, gloves and trophies are stored away and a young adult needs to face the world with confidence, courage and good judgment.