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Here's what you could say:

Welcome. You are about to do a lot more than learn some martial arts techniques. Over the next few weeks, you will become part of the culture of tae kwon do. But before we begin, I want you to have a sense of what has come before in tae kwon do.

Cast your minds back, if you will, to what is now Korea in the year 50 BC. That is when records indicate martial arts were first practiced.

The first group to hone their skills was the Hwa Rang Do. This was a group of young noblemen devoted to cultivating mind and body. The Hwa Rang later became a group devoted to poetry and music, but the tae kyon never fully disappeared and later became the basis for military training.

Nearly 2,000 years later, the modern form of tae kwon do came about. It was influenced by traditional Japanese karate and other forms of martial arts.

So you see, tae kwon do isn't just about fitness and strength and power and self-defense. It is a part of the world's history. A history you are about to become part of.

Martial arts instructor Jay Swan says many instructors are poor communicators, even though it's an important skill.

"If you're an instructor, you need to be able to communicate the information you want to convey. Unfortunately, few martial arts instructors are skilled teachers, nor do they have any formal instructional training," he says.


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