ABOUT LEE'S TAE KWON DO ACADEMY
Lee's Tae Kwon Do Academy, which began in 1975 in West Palm Beach, Florida, began in actuality when Grand Master Kwan Sung Lee began his study of this Korean art of self-defense over 50 years ago. He started teaching Tae Kwon Do at Oh San U.S. Air Force Base in Korea. His students were primarily U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Grand Master Chang Yong Lee is a 8th degree Black belt, and is the Owner/Master Instructor at the Lee's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Radcliff, Kentucky.
Grand Master Chang Yong Lee has trained in Tae Kwon Do since 1969.
He has been the owner and master instructor of Lee's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Radcliff, KY since 1987. His previous teaching experience includes the following:
(1979-1986) Assistant instructor at the Louisville academy.
(1986-1987) Coordinator/Instructor of Self-Defense Course at PRP High School
(1988) Instructor of Physical Fitness at Meade County High School
(1991) Certification by USTU as a United States Referee
(1994) Elected as Vice President of the Kentucky Tae Kwon Do Association. Coordinator/Instructor of Women's Self-Defense Course
(2003) Elected as President of Kentucky Tae Kwon Do Association
WHAT IS TAE KWON DO?
Tae kwon do originated in Korea and is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. Tae Kwon Do is often interpreted as "The way of hand and foot."
Tae Kwon Do literally means: " The art of kicking and punching " or " The art of unarmed combat ". Although it is a system of self-defense, it is more than a physical fighting skill. It represents a way of thinking and a pattern of life requiring strict discipline. It is a system of training both the mind and the body in which great emphasis is placed on the moral development of its students.
Students receive instruction in principles such as courtesy, integrity, perseverance, and self-control. Practitioners wear a white, loose-fitting uniform known as a dobok, tied at the waist with a colored belt that indicates rank.
OBJECTIVES OF TAE KWON DO
- Concentration: To make ones self clear
- Basics: Provides the foundation
- Forms: Improves balance
- One Step Sparring: Develops judgement of distance
- Self Defense: Provides self protection
- Alternate Free Sparring: Builds self control
- Free Sparring: Applying techniques to improve reflexes
- Breaking Technique: Builds self confidence
TENETS OF TAE KWON DO
Courtesy: consideration, politeness
Integrity: honesty, sincerity, being of moral principle
Perseverence: persistence. To continue patiently and insistently
Self-Control: control of one's actions, emotions and desires
Indomitable Spirit: not easily discouraged or defeated, unconquerable
Tae Kwon Do is more than kicking and punching. It is designed as a nonviolent art system of practice, and a way of life. It includes physical and mental discipline with a deep philosophy.
Through the practice of Tae Kwon Do, all students can benefit as follows:
Physically: By developing good coordination and a strong body.
Mentally: By building self confidence, gaining good judgement, and developing a sound mind.
Philosophically: By learning to respect others, help others, be honest, and always stand by the weak. Thus it is a guide for the formation of outstanding character, a modern world sport, and a philosophy.