Spirit 1 Taekwondo Crest


Fitness.     Focus.     Discipline.     Respect.     Confidence.     Self Defence.     

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Spirit 1's Anniversary Date:

October 1, 2016

Why did Master Tam pick "Spirit 1" as the name of the Academy?

“Spirit 1” was chosen because Master Tam believes that “spirit” is the most important quality to have while doing taekwondo. Having spirit means having a positive attitude in which we will work hard and keep going no matter how hard it gets. He believes that having perseverance and dedication, essentially spirit, is more important than having good skills or manners, because it is what drives people all the way into becoming black belts.

What are the club rules?


  • All fees must be paid .


  • Fingernails and toenails must be clipped short.


  • Students must attend at least once a week.
  • Absences must be notified in advance to an assistant instructor.


  • Belts must be worn properly.
  • T-shirts, tank tops, and hijabs worn must be tucked in under the uniform.
  • No outside wear, such as jeans, are to be worn under dobok pants (athletic shorts/leggings are an exception).
  • No jewellery, etc. should be worn in class.
  • Crest must be purchased after a few weeks of attendance and sewn properly on the uniform.


  • Students will bow to the instructor and salute the flags when entering and leaving the dojang.
  • Students will behave as martial artists both in and outside the class.
  • Higher belts will help lower belts.
  • No alcohol, smoking, drugs, gum, candy, etc. allowed.
  • No profanity or loud talking.
  • Students must maintain a serious attitude in class.
  • No free sparring without permission.
  • Instructors must be addressed as “sir” or “ma’am”.

What Do The Symbols On The Korean Flag Mean?

Korean Flag

Discipline Students Learn Korean Taekwondo Terms

Courtesy (Ye Ui)

Show respect to parents, teachers and instructors at all times. Courtesy means being polite, helping others when in need and offering to help before you are asked. You must handle all matters with fairness and sincerity and encourage a sense of justice.

Integrity (Yum Chi)
Knowing right from wrong. You must always tell the truth and if you do something wrong, you must admit to it. If you want someone to trust you, you must first give them a reason. "Honesty is the best policy."

Perseverance (In Nae)
Never give up - remain patient. If something becomes difficult for you and you get frustrated, ask for help. Overcome your difficulties by perseverance. Confucius said; "One who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance". Remember to always finish what you start. If you put your mind to it, you can do anything!

Self Control (Guk Gi)
Think before you speak or act. Stay calm, use your head not your punches and kicks when you get upset. Self-Control, along with the other four tenets, must be observed both inside and outside the do jang. When sparring, do not lose your temper, this could only prove disastrous to both you and your opponent. Outside the do jang, you must live within your capabilities. Do not give way to temptations.

Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)
Do not show fear. Set your goals and achieve them one step at a time. Do not be afraid to try new things. Trust in yourself and what you believe in and stand up for these beliefs.

7 "Courtesies"/"Disciplines"  (for children)

  1. Put shoes away properly at home and other places.
  2. Do homework at home and then help parents with chores.
  3. Greet parents “hello”, “good morning”, “good night”, etc. every day.
  4. Make up bed every day.
  5. It doesn’t matter, when, where, and what, do whatever parents say.
  6. Be respectful inside and outside of class, especially at home, to the elderly, people with disabilities, and with each other.
  7. No bullying.

Meaning of Belt Colours

White (10th Gup)
Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.

Yellow (8th Gup)
Signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.

Green (6th Gup)
Signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.

Blue (4th Gup)
Signifies the Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.

Red (2nd Gup)
Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.

Black (1st - 9th Dan)
Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Korean Terminology


Practice Gym - Do Jang

Uniform - Do Bok

Attention - Charyot

Bow - Kyung-yea

Master Instructor - Sabu Nim

Assistant Instructor - Ky Sa Nim

Begin - Si-jak

End - Keu-man

Return - Ba-ro

Relax - Shi-ut

Punch - Jirugi

Kick - Chagi

Block - Maki

Thank you - Kam sa Hainda

One - Ha-na

Two -  Dul

Three - Set

Four - Net

Five - Da-sot

Six - Yo-Sot

Seven - ll gob

Eight - Yu-dul

Nine - A-hop

Ten - Yeol

First - ll

Second - Ee

Third - Sam

Fourth - Sah

Fifth - oh

Sixth - Yuk

Seventh - Chil

Eight - Pal

Ninth - Koo

Tenth - Sip