TAEKWON-DO WEALTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
From ancient times it was common that martial arts were taught among family members without the need for financial compensation. Through the years, and due to international spread, martial arts became less about family, and more about community. This provided a vocational opportunity – and a business opportunity – for martial arts instructors.
General Choi Hong Hi founded the International Taekwon-Do Federation on March 22nd 1966 with nine member countries. Taekwon-Do blossomed in these countries, and instructors were sent around the world to spread Taekwon-Do. In the early days, many of these activities were funded through government support. Later the ITF established their own funding sources, through schools’ income, its members, and external funding.
In the Marketing Plan (2008), Chairman of the ITF Business Development Committee writes:
”ITF is an international organization that represents high quality in martial arts. Aside from technical and competition structures, Taekwon-Do is organized and operates quite differently from country to country. In some countries Taekwon-Do is organized as a business, others have mixes between business and idealism and some are only idealistic. No matter how they are organized, all have in common that they want to (1) provide good service to their members, (2) work for progress through
Taekwon-Do has guidelines for how to behave as an instructor, stated in the encyclopaedia of our beloved founder and father of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi. Part 1, section “Ideal Instructor” says:
“Soldiers are as strong as the general who leads them, and in a like manner, students can only excel under an excellent instructor. We cannot expect bamboo to grow in a field of reeds, nor can we expect to find an outstanding pupil under an unqualified teacher.”
A qualified instructor needs to have spirit and technique to teach his students the proper Taekwon-Do that is required to produce good students.
The instructor must possess the following qualities:
1. Strong moral and ethical standards;
2. Clear outlook and philosophy in life;
3. Responsible attitude as an instructor;
4. Scientific mind in matters of technique;
5. Knowledge of the vital spots of human anatomy;
6. Unshakable integrity in political and financial dealings;
7. Dedication to spread the art of Taekwon-Do throughout the world;
8. One who gains confidence from his seniors, is trusted by his fellow instructors, and is respected by his juniors.
To reach the goals set for an instructor, it is necessary to fulfil the basic needs as a human being: food, clothing and housing. To teach Taekwon-Do an instructor should have a do jang, equipment, and the opportunity to reach out to possible students. These needs can be met at various levels, from a micro and to a macro level. To start at micro level and grow to macro level, instructors must develop securities, such as first aid, fire handling, and dealing with aggression, traffic safety and financial safety.
“Instructors who want to cross the sea need bravery and indomitable spirit, or they will be content to look at it and say they want to cross it.”