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U.M.B.A./K.M.A.S. Philosophy


The serious and active student of the martial arts enjoys a high level of "wellness." As defined by holistic medicine, wellness is more than a state of non-illness. Rather, wellness describes a state of total health in which a human reduces fatigue and stress and increases effectiveness and efficiency. Total health is the means by which humans can experience total joy and prosperity. (see "Donald B. Arnell, Ph.D., High Level of Wellness, Bantam Books, New York, N.Y.; 1978).

Total health, or wellness, is achieved through "unification," "integration," "balance," "harmony," "neutrality," or "control" of the vital energies and dynamic forces which interact and breath life into the human experience. The vital energies and dynamic forces exist within the self, within society, and within nature. Thus, for total health to be realized, the energies of the self, the society, and the environment must be in a state of ultimate balance or integration.

Ancient oriental philosophy referred to such a state of balance or integration as "Chung Sun," "Tae Guk," or "Tai Chi." Modern proponents of holistic medicine define such balance as "wellness." The essence of these philosophies is the same: The interaction of the vital forces of the self, the society, and the environment must be "controlled," "unified," "harmonized," or "integrated" if the highest quality of human existence is to be realized.

The U.M.B.A. offers a system though which its members are able to achieve a state of total health. Our training philosophies teach that disciplined behavior and an attitude of respect generate the positive energy needed for an atmosphere where human "control," "unification," "harmony," or "integration" of the dynamic forces can occur.

In short, our martial arts society, the U.M.B.A., seeks human wellness and prosperity through the positive influence of discipline and respect by which total health is achieved. By developing physical power and mental strength in order to maximize our personal potentials, we are able to interact with our society and our environment with greater awareness and sensitivity. Thus, through discipline and respect, we can become more totally alive.

    Grandmaster John H. Kimís 9 Guidelines

Do your best
Be proud
Be honest
Be sincere
Be patient
Be humble
Be diligent
Be happy

The Principles of Martial Arts Training in our School

Loyalty to country
Love and respect to parents
Obey the master
Be faithful to your friends
Never take a life without cause
Never give up. Persevere to finish what you start
Always support and care for your martial arts school

Tenets of Tae Kwon Do


      What are the Rules of Martial Arts?
        Listed below are ten rules of personal conduct that every member of the Martial Arts must follow.

        Every member should always seek truth and practice it.
        Every member should promote the highest moral character through training of martial arts.
        Every member should respect and obey his/her parents, teachers, and seniors.
        Every member should love his/her country and contribute to his/her community.
        Every member should develop both great confidence and humility, and should practice both inside and outside of class.
        Every member should always do his/her best to promote intellectualism.
        Every member should not hesitate to sacrifice him/herself for justice.
        Every member should do his/her utmost to develop his/her art as the most respected martial art in the world.
        Every member should develop his/her endurance and be calm and humble in mind.
        Every member should always remember that the ultimate purpose of martial arts is to promote both physical and mental health.

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