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Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is a Martial Art System which was developed in Korea. Although an effective system of self defense, Tae Kwon Do like any valid Martial Art has a strong moral and introspective aspect. The very inclusion of the word Do, signifies a path, art or way with the ultimate destination being enlightenment.

Tae means to strike or defend with the legs/feet, Kwon means to strike or defend with the arms/hands, Do means the way, path or art of. 

Tae Kwon Do can be practiced by women, men and children. The system is devised in such a way that beginners start with basic techniques and stances, and build up to higher levels of endurance, speed, strength, intensity, and flexibility.

General Choi Hong Hi, considered the father of the system of Tae Kwon Do that we practice and study at Makoto-Do, was born on November 9th, 1918 and left this planet on June 15, 2002, at the age of 83. 

General Choi presented Tenets and a Pledge for students to follow and incorporate into their lives. These Tenets or Aims to Achieve are: Courtesy, Integrity, (Modesty), Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit.  Both the Tenets and the Pledge remain a vital part of our training today.

We practice the same Forms (hyungs), called Chang Hun   or Chon Ji, as presented in General Choi’s encyclopedia. Chang Hun is said to translate to Blue Cottage, General Choi's penname. There are 24 forms to correspond to the  24 hours in each day. These forms were named after significant people and events in Korean history. People like General Choi who went above and beyond their duties to protect and serve their Country and preserve it’s culture. Korean Terminology is also an aspect of our training.

Ms. Donnelly and her daughter Erica had the opportunity to test under Grand Master Scott L. Kopperud of Canada and Master Norman L. McLinden. Grand Master Kopperud has developed a set of forms and one-step sparring patterns which incorporate movements from both the world and international Tae Know Do styles. 






"The life of a human being, perhaps 100 years, can be considered as a day when compared with eternity.  Therefore, we mortals are no more than simple travelers who pass the eternal years of an eon in a day.

 It is evident that no one can live more than a limited amount of time.  Nevertheless, most people foolishly enslave themselves to materialism as if they could live for a thousand years.  And some people strive to bequeath a good spiritual legacy for coming generations, in this way, gaining immortality.  Obviously, the spirit is perpetual while material is not.  Therefore, what we can do to leave behind something for the welfare of mankind is, perhaps, the most important thing in our lives.

Here I leave Taekwon-Do for mankind as a trace of a man of the late 20th century.  The 24 patterns represent 24 hours, one day, or all my life." 

General Choi


I shall observe the tenets of     Taekwon-Do
I shall respect the instructor and seniors
I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
I shall build a more peaceful world

         General Choi