About Us

Mission Statement

The Kanagawa Taekwondo Association aims to instill good manners in young people and encourage their healthy development both physical and mental through the practice of Taekwondo.



 

About the Kanagawa Taekwondo Association

The Kanagawa Taekwondo Association was established in 1998. The aim, as stated above, is to develop good character in our students and put them on the path to success, both in Taekwondo and life. Although the classes are competition-oriented, not everyone has to participate in competitions. Neither are natural abilities required. All we require of our students is that they give it their personal best.

Master Shiokawa (5th degree black belt) and Kondo-sensei (4th degree black belt) are highly regarded for their knowledge and instructional abilities, and people travel long distances to receive their professional instruction. Instruction at our classes goes into finer detail than many other martial arts schools. This makes it easier for the students to learn, understand and perform.


 


What is Taekwondo?

From Wikipedia:

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way," "method," or "art." Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the way of the foot and fist" or "the way of kicking and punching."

Taekwondo is the world's most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Its popularity has resulted in the varied development of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, and philosophy. Taekwondo is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.

Formally, there are two main styles of taekwondo. One comes from the Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system sihap gyeorugi which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).

The Kanagawa Taekwondo Association is aligned with the WTF.