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Self Defense


Through my Taekwondo training I've learned how to defend myself, but as a Leadership student, I also received advanced lessons with traditional weapons. I never imagined that using something as simple as a Bo Staff could be so empowering! Although I hope I never have to defend myself against an attacker, I now have the confidence and ability to do so.
–Christina Morales, Brown Belt, 18 years old

Songahm Life Skills

Traditional Taekwondo Builds Leaders
from the Inside Out

Mental and Physical Training Defends from Harm in Pursuit of Harmony

"Self-defense" is a term generally associated with prevention or escape from a physical assault, but did you know that Songahm Taekwondo actually provides "self-defense" against more common and pervasive personal setbacks, hindrances, and mistakes? Patient study and practice builds strength upon strength, leading the martial artist on a journey of self-discovery and far beyond. The diagram above depicts the martial artist developing powerful characteristics in tandem with his or her abilities, powers that both protect and enable over time.

This foundational concept was the doctoral thesis of Senior Master Dr. Emory Morris, Ph. D., 7th Degree Black Belt, presented to Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee in 1996.

Look for more articles on this fantastic observation and other Leadership topics from the innovative, experienced instructors of WTTU/ATA/STF

Being a great leader is more than just getting people to follow you.  You have to be a living example of integrity, high standards and discipline.  In other words:  You have to earn it.