Keith Wilkes, 4th
Beginning his Taekwondo training at the age of
15 within the International Taekwondo
Federation, Master Wilkes began training under
the supervision of Master Joseph Fox, 7th Dan,
at the Harrisburg Institute of Taekwondo, in
1993. He is a published author, speaker and the
Pennsylvania School Support Network
Representative for the National Association of
Professional Martial Artists. Master Wilkes is
one of the first 100 martial artists to pass the
Instructor Certification requirements of the
American Council on Martial Arts. He earned an
A.S. in General Studies from Vincennes
University in 1980 and a B.A. in Broadcast
Communications from Metropolitan State College
of Denver in 1990. A self defense instructor at
the Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster
Campus, Master Wilkes is also a Certified
Fitness Kickboxing Instructor.
Literally translated, Tae means "foot", kwon means "fist", and
do means "the way" or "the art", so Taekwondo is "the way of the
foot and fist" and is the synthesis of many Korean Martial Arts.
Martial arts evolved from centuries-old techniques that were
originally developed by
farmers who learned to use their bodies and simple field tools
to defend their farmlands and villages against invaders.
Taekwondo became an official "medal" sport in the 2000 Olympics.
is much more than just kicking and punching. It is designed to
be an enjoyable and non-violent art system of physical and
mental disciplining. It’s challenging and, best of all, it’s
fun! Students learn
practical self-defense skills as they increase their strength,
endurance, coordination and flexibility. Along with helping you
lose weight and get in great shape, studying Taekwondo can
reduce stress and help you learn to focus your thoughts and
energy, not only on the training floor but in everyday life.
students advance they learn how to overcome weaknesses and
develop new strengths. More advanced students learn how to
control the energy born of a physical confrontation. They are
then able to apply these same principles to control real
conflicts before they become physical.
Tenets of Taekwondo
Taekwondo not only enhances the body
and mind but can also uplift the spirit through practicing the
philosophies stressed by the Tenets of Taekwondo.
Courtesy - Respect, manners: always treat others as
you would like to be treated.
Integrity - Be honest with yourself. Always stand
for and do what you know is right.
Self-Control - Focus your thoughts; control your
emotions, your body and your physical and mental reactions.
Perseverance - Keep working toward reaching your
goals and obtaining your dreams no matter how hard or far
away they seem. Never give up!
Indomitable Spirit -
Unbeatable spirit. If you get knocked down, either mentally
or physically, always get back on your feet.
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