Category: Martial Art values

  • Death Before Dishonor

    Death Before Dishonor

    600 Swiss Guardsmen chose to die fighting rather than to walk away free weeks before the storming of the Tuileries Palace during the French Revolution. Why did they do it?

  • What Makes a Champion?

    What Makes a Champion?

    Most athletes dream of one day becoming a champion. But a champion in a match or on the playground is not the same as a champion in life. What does it mean to be a champion? What does it mean ‘to succeed’ in life? What is ‘success’?

  • Ongōji Shin

    Ongōji Shin

    Ongōji Shin means that one must first fully master the traditions, history, and sciences of the past, and then learn new things on the basis of them.

  • Seven Continents in Seven Days

    Seven Continents in Seven Days

    The 777 Expedition intends to raise awareness and funding for Folds of Honor Foundation. There are ten jumpers on the team, all ex-military.

  • ‘Dew of Life’

    ‘Dew of Life’

    There is a saying from the Chinese Book of Somu: “Life is like dew on grass. The morning dew on the blade of grass disappears without a trace when the sun strikes it.”

  • Did Putin learn nothing from martial arts?

    Did Putin learn nothing from martial arts?

    “Know your enemy and know yourself and in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.” By violating this cardinal principal of The Art of War, Putin already lost his war before he started it.

  • Invictus


    The poem that inspired Nelson Mandela, ‘Invictus’ Read by Morgan Freeman

  • “I have given you a compass. Now use it!”

    “I have given you a compass. Now use it!”

     Hwa Chong, the Kwan Jang Nim of Kangdukwon Taekwondo, continues to urge Taekwondo students of all ages and levels to grow and evolve both as martial artists and as human beings. Taekwondo training and principles, he says, should be understood and applied at all levels and all periods of our lives, otherwise we fail to live…

  • “Every block of stone has a statue inside it”

    “Every block of stone has a statue inside it”

    Someone asked Michelangelo how he created create sculptures such as Pieta and David. “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it,” he said.

  • Who is a Do-Ban?

    Who is a Do-Ban?

    Hwa Chong on spiritual friendship Everyone needs trusted companions who can accompany one through life as lifelong friends. In Korean language there is a term for such friends. They are Do-bans, literally ‘Tao companions’. We must pursue the truths of life by awakening spiritually. That is the ultimate aim of Taekwondo. Today Olympic sports are pursued…