Terms and Practices

Ki-hap (pronounced ki-yap) is a method of controlled breathing, emitting a short and loud sound coming from the center of the body when exhaling.

Ki means internal energy and hap means force. Putting the two together ki-hap is the term used to describe internal energy and force combined.

One ki-haps to concentrate and focus power when executing punches, kicks, throwing techniques, weapons techniques. Ki-hap also helps relieve stress and builds self-confidence.

Tae Keuk
Tae keuk describes the complementary nature of opposites. If we look at the tae keuk symbol on the Korean flag, the red part (yang) represents strength and the blue (eum), softness. Strength and softness are complementary and harmonious.
Martial artists bow (or insa) to show respect. We bow to show respect to the master, instructor, higher belts, partners for practice and the school. When we enter or leave the school, we first bow to the national and federation flags, then Grandmaster Jin, and all black belts.
Patience (in-nae)
Be patient with others, for with patience comes true understanding.
Respect (jon-kyong)
Respect for all living things, both great and small, strong and weak, allows one to have respect for themselves and others.
Love (sa-rang)
With the patience that brings understading, one learns to love another. Love of friends, family, and even adversaries, is a fundamental part of the school philosophy and martial arts way.
Humility (gyum-son)
In all areas of life, one remains humble; letting deeds, not words, speak for you.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but doing something in spite of anxiety or discomfort.