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Painting Tae Kwon Do fighter in Stance ArtSports Paintings Taekwondo

Kayla is age 9 and a purple belt in TaeKwonDo.” Kayla is very interested in training in taekwondo which boosts self confidence and self esteem.  This makes her become more sure of herself and gains confidence in her approach to life. Here is a little story about Kayla that demonstrates what she has learned in her training.

About Kayla

Kayla takes pride in her sport and is goal orientated.  She had to personally raise money to travel to a tournament and chose to sell candy bars.  So Kayla set up a table in front of a local store and waited patiently for someone to come and buy something.   Tae Kwon Do teaches patience.  Finally a man approached her table and wanted 3 candy bars.  Three cost nine dollars.  The man handed her a ten dollar bill.

Painting Taekwondo fighter in Stance ArtBeing polite (another skill learned in Taekwondo) she smiled and put the money in a small box.

The man waited a minute then asked, ” May I have my change?”

With great respect and courtesy (taught in Tae Kwon Do) she responded, “Change must come from within.”

For those of you who didn’t know Taekwondo you can see that Taekwondo is a great learning tool for children. It does this by  combining combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.

About The sport:

A good definition of tae kwon do comes from a book titled Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts written by Donn F. Draeger and Robert W. Smith. “Taekwondo is an empty-hand combat form that entails the use of the whole body. Tae means “to Kick” or “Smash with the feet,” Kwon implies “punching” or “destroying with the hand or fist,” and Do means “way” or “method.” Taekwondo thus, is the technique of unarmed combat for self defense that involves the skillful application of techniques that include punching, jumping kicks, blocks, dodges, parrying actions with hands and feet. It is more than a mere physical fighting skill, representing as it does a way of thinking and a pattern of life requiring strict discipline. It is a system of training both the mind and the body in which great emphasis is placed on the development of the trainee’s moral character.”

About the painting

The painting by Sports Artist John Robertson is approximately 4 feet by 7 1/2 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas