There is truth to the quote, “With great power comes great responsibility”.  While martial arts involve physical contact between opponents using great force for the purpose of combat and self-defense, Tae Kwon Do’s philosophy is one of accord.  The International Federation of Tae Kwon Do founder Choi Hung Hi believed that the philosophy of Tae Kwon Do, in the search for peace and justice, could make the world a more harmonious place.  At I.M.A.A., we believe and promote this idea through our teaching, demonstrating, and reiteration of these values from white belt to black belt.  We begin each class with the recitation of the Tenets and ask students define and/or give an example of one.

Tenets of Tae Kwon Do (Tae Kwon Do Jung Shin)

§   Courtesy (Ye Ui)

§   Integrity (Yom Chi)

§   Perseverance (In Nae)

§   Self-Control (Guk Gi)

§   Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)

To emphasize their personal responsibility for their actions and use of these dynamic skills, I.M.A.A. requires all students to recite the Student Oath following each class.

Tae Kwon Do Student Oath

I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do

I shall respect instructors and seniors

I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do

I will be a champion of freedom and justice

I will build a more peaceful world

We do more than teach students self-defense, combat skills, and physical fitness – we teach the obligations that come with it, which translates to successes in other areas of life.