At the west Wichita satellite location for USA Martial Arts & Fitness, we provide the highest caliber Taekwondo instruction. We teach basic and advanced skills and techniques, and help with confidence and discipline as students train and advance through the belt ranks. Whether looking to get in shape, or become a serious competitor, we can help you achieve your goals.
Samuel Mayo, 4th Dan black belt, is the lead instructor at this location. Master Sam has studied and trained in various martial arts since the age of 5, but Taekwondo has always been his favorite. With nearly 30 years of training in Taekwondo, including 5 years teaching and instructing other students, Sam believes in the positive influence that martial arts training can bring to his students, not only to their health, but also to their sense of well-being.
The following is from an article written by World Taekwondo (WT) - the International Governing Body for the sport.
Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.
Let's take a closer look at the meaning of the word "Tae" "Kwon" "Do." It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. "Tae" means "foot," "leg," or "to step on"; "Kwon" means "fist," or "fight"; and "Do" means the "way" or "discipline."
Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names in the course. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.
Taekwondo today is similar to the martial arts in other Oriental countries and shares some features with them, because in the course of its evolution it has gained many different styles that existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding Korea, like Japan and China.