The Way of the Hand and Foot
What is TaeKwon-Do?
TaeKwon-Do is an ancient Korean martial art. Many people practice TaeKwon-Do for its self-defense benefits, but it is also an art and is studied and appreciated for its beauty and grace of movement. The spiritual aspect of TaeKwon-Do is found in its philosophy of self-restraint, kindness and humility.
Traditional TaeKwon-Do is the original style which differs from modernized forms and other martial arts in several ways: no physical contact is allowed in free sparring, it is more aerobic in training than other styles, and the emphasis is on each student’s own improvement rather than on competition with others.
Who can learn TaeKwon-Do?
Children, teens, adults and seniors can all learn TaeKwon-Do and enjoy its many benefits. Since emphasis is on personal growth rather than on competition, people of all ages and backgrounds find TaeKwon-Do satisfying and challenging. In addition, because TaeKwon-Do requires such diverse skills, students can specialize with the art and develop their own area of expertise and enjoyment.
Specialties include: free-sparring which requires quickness, endurance and athletic technique; forms which focus on precision and patterns; self-defense which emphasizes escapes and defense techniques; and breaking which demonstrates power and requires speed accuracy and strength.
What are the goals of TaeKwon-Do?
Unlike other sports where the primary goal is to defeat an opponent or set a record, a true martial art does not emphasize competition with others. The primary goal of TaeKwon-Do is to help each student develop physically and mentally to his or her full potential.
TaeKwon-Do offers a vigorous and challenging workout. Through conditioning exercises involving the entire body, TaeKwon-Do promotes quickness, strength, flexibility and endurance. Its emphasis on technique and body-control also provide invaluable training for those active in other sports from soccer and hockey to tennis and golf.
The body and the mind work together in TaeKwon-Do to deliver powerful, timely and effective techniques. As a result, TaeKwon-Do is as challenging mentally as it is physically. Improved focus and concentration are two benefits which result from the study and practice of TaeKwon-Do.
By mastering many different skills at each level, students learn to set and achieve personal goals. The positive experiences, together with the confidence they gain from becoming physically fit and mentally sharp, combined to give them self-confidence, pride, and a positive outlook when faced with life’s challenges.
Kwan Jang-Nim Gerhard Brunner was born in Munich, Germany and has been practicing TaeKwon-Do for 42 years. He is currently a 7th Dan black belt and has been teaching for over 37 years. Master Brunner has gained international recognition and numerous awards throughout the years, including the Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Traditional Leadership. After establishing nine schools in Germany he opened the first Traditional TaeKwon-Do Center in Tampa, Florida in 1997. Master Brunner was the first certified Kimoodo instructor in the United States.
In 2012, Master Brunner was inducted into the International Hall of Fame
And in 2017, he was awarded the European Grandmaster of the Year title