The Christian Taekwondo Fellowship Philosophy
The purpose of Christian Taekwondo Fellowship is to teach the art of Taekwondo in such a manner as to honor God. In honoring God with our Taekwondo, we teach powerful truths and life skills which will benefit our lives, but more importantly, the lives of others. Teaching the art of Taekwondo to eager students develops character in their lives, helps them acquire a biblical sense of self-worth and strengthens them spiritually, mentally and physically.
It is the goal to guide the student through three levels of spiritual and character and physical growth:
1. Faith - Spiritual
2. Honor – Mental
3. Integrity - Physical
The Bible clearly teaches that man is three-part person: he is spirit (spiritual aspect), soul (mental aspect), and body (physical aspect). I Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The need of any person is met
in the fulfillment of these three areas of their lives. When all three areas of
need are met, the person is fulfilled. This is true for the student of
Taekwondo. The beginning of any personal development is the spiritual aspect
of life. Faith in the Lord is the beginning of that spiritual journey of
personal growth. The Scripture says, “Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Everything we
hope for in this present life and everything we look for in eternity is found by
faith in Christ.
It is only natural that the first area of faith (Spiritual) would be the beginning point for our philosophical pattern. The first personal growth pattern is Young Juk Chool Bal, or “Spiritual Beginning.” This pattern is comprised of sixty movements symbolizing the faith it takes to live our lives in an absolute trust in God. The “Spiritual Beginning” pattern consists of three sections of twenty movements each. The first twenty movements are learned at white belt, the second set of twenty movements are learned at yellow belt, and the third set of twenty movements are learned at green belt.
The second personal growth pattern stems from the first pattern. With faith as the cornerstone of our spiritual lives, the second is for our minds to be continuously transformed by the teaching of the Word of God. As our minds are being transformed, we are better able to live a life of honor before God. The first pattern pictures an initial faith, while the second pattern pictures an ongoing spiritual growth and the power and grace to live our lives honorably before God. The second pattern is Young Juk Sung Jang or “Spiritual Growth.” It is also comprised of sixty movements symbolizing our spiritual growth from day to day. The pattern is divided into three sections of twenty movements each. The first twenty movements are learned at blue belt, the second set of twenty movements is learned at red belt and the third set of twenty movements is learned at recommended black belt. Proverbs 15:33 says, “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”
The third personal growth pattern stems from the first two patterns. This pattern is comprised of sixty movements symbolizing the necessity to live our lives with integrity and power. The power is pictured in the pattern Young Juk Gyul Gwa, or “Spiritual Result.” This pattern is learned in its entirety at First Degree Black Belt. Psalm 26:1 says, “Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.”
The three patterns together total 180 movements, symbolizing the complete turn around of our lives due to our spiritual rebirth, our continued growth and maturity in the ways of the Lord, and the beginning of our new life in Heaven.