Class schedule and Locations
Chicago Capoeira Center – Grupo Capoeira Brasil /1802 W Berteau Ave #215, Chicago, IL 60613
**Starting at the CCC on Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Japanese Culture Center /1016 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Tuesday & Thursday
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Adults Only
$100/month Unlimited Classes
What is Taekwon-Do?
Taekwon-Do simply means, the way of the foot and hand. In the 1940’s, General Choi Hong Hi, widely respected as the principle founder of the art, developed the art from the traditional Korean art of Taek Kyon and the Japanese discipline of Karate. His life’s work culminated in the Chang Hon system of teuls (forms) and the International Taekwon-Do Federation. UITF Taekwon-Do holds to the principles on which the art was founded and combines physical activity with mental, spiritual and academic growth. Ranks are achieved through minimum requirements of time and effort.
Taekwon-Do is best known for it’s aerial displays (jump kicks) and includes teuls (forms), sparring, board breaking and self-defense. Like Karate, Taekwon-Do is a “hard-style” martial art that includes a complex system of strikes, kicks and throws. Due to the “hard style” nature of Taekwon-Do, much emphasis is placed on balance and control. Students are encouraged to be friends and family inside and outside the dojang and to enjoy a positive learning experience free from ego or conflict.
Taekwondo is a widely popular martial art in the United States with various styles and ways of teaching. Some consider it a sport while others remain committed to it as a true martial art. The art of Taekwon-Do is in part, based on the concept of channeling our ki to the precise point of impact. Defining a target and channeling our life force to a focal point creates the opportunity spiritual and physical development.
What are the benefits?
Students of all ages are taught from the very beginning that TaeKwon-Do should never be misused. They are encouraged to build a more peaceful world through kindness and good will towards others. Children and adults learn confidence and self-control. It is easier to avoid a fight if you know how to defend yourself. The benefits are based upon the five tenants.
The five tenants of Taekwon-Do:
Courtesy (Ye-ui / 예의)
Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang (도장) (designated training area).
Integrity (Yeom-chi / 염치)
Although it may be similar, this form of integrity takes on a more wider role then defined in the common dictionary. In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right.
Perseverance (In-nae / 인내)
One will persevere time and time again until they have achieved a result, which is adequate towards what one was trying to achieve.
Self-control (Geuk-gi / 극기)
This means to not only have control over one’s physical acts, but also their mental thoughts and actions.
Indomitable spirit (Baek-jeol-bul-gul / 백절불굴)
To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.
About Mr. Mroz
Mr. Jon Mroz is a 1st Dan, certified instructor and umpire with the Unified International TaeKwon-Do Federation led by Grandmaster Hwang Kwang Sung, one of the original students of the founder of the art. He is a member of the 2017 United States-UITF International Team competing in breaking and sparring. Mr. Mroz received his Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with a specialization in negotiations and conflict resolution. After graduate school, Mr. Mroz worked in international security and taught courses at Joint Special Operations University. He has a purple belt in Shaolin Kenpo and has studied Wing Chun, Boxing and other styles over the years but his passion for TaeKwon-Do supersedes all others. He resides in Chicago with his 3 year old daughter.