Respect for others is vital in tae kwon do training
Moo Oui Jung Ja
We spend a lot of time showing our peers respect.
Through bowing or use of titles, we give an outward show of esteem. We listen and learn which is type of admiration we show our teachers.
The philosophy of moo-oui-jung-ja is the reason why we study tae kwon do.
The study of tae kwon do is not about fighting.
We study tae kwon do becase we want to learn to show more esteem and love to others.
The purpose of tae kwon do is not to exhibit superior strength, like when we break boards or concrete blocks.
It is not to show superior fighting skills when we spar or practice self defense techniques.
To have these superior skills is a very good thing, but it is not the reason we study tae kwon do.
Serious and true students of tae kwon do have greater reverence and love for others. This should be a goal for every student.
This idea is the sentiment embodied in moo-oui-jung-ja.
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