Since 2006, Taber's Black Belt Academy has been providing instruction in Taekwondo and Tai Chi in the Morganton, NC area.
What is Taekwondo?
Translated from Korean, "Tae" (t'ae) literally means to jump or kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes a fist - chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. "Do" (doe) means an art, or way or method. Thus taken collectively "taekwon-do" indicates the technique of unarmed combat for self-defense, involving the skilled application of punches, flying kicks, blocks, dodges and interceptions with the hands, arms and feet for the rapid destruction of the opponent.
To the Korean people, taekwon-do represents more than the mere physical use of skilled movements. It also implies a way of thinking and life particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.
Taekwondo is primarily a kicking art, often with a greater emphasis on the sport aspect of the art. Taekwondo stylists tend to fight at an extended range, and keep opponents away with their feet. It is a hard/soft, external, fairly linear style and is known for being very powerful. There is a lot of competition work in many dojongs. We train in all aspects of Taekwondo including self-defense, board breaking, sparring, forms, and weapons.
Tenants of Taekwondo:
Through these tenants we believe you will gain not only skills for your martial arts journey but life skills in general.
Objectives of Taekwondo:
To develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport and an art
To achieve physical fitness through positive participation
To improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity
To learn self-defense skills
To develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others