Ames Parks & Recreation Taekwondo

About us

At Ames Parks & Rec Taekwondo we aim to provide the highest quality martial arts education. Both recreational practitioners and competitive athletes will find opportunities for personal development and achievement.

All students are instilled with the 5 Tenets of Taekwondo: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. We also teach the 5 “Cs” Commitment, Continuity, Consistency, Cooperation and Citizenship.

We also aim to develop self-discipline, respect and self-awareness in all students—making taekwondo not just a sport, but a force for good in the world, and a guide for living life with respect for others and self. Students also learn the benefits of self-defense, confidence, leadership and cooperation.  

About Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a martial art and sport originating in Korea. It is practiced in nearly every part of the world, by approximately 70 million people, and has been an official Olympic sport since 2000. 

Taekwondo is constantly evolving. It traces its roots back to the Three-Kingdom era in Korea over 2,000 years ago, but achieved its current form in the mid-20th century, and is still evolving—for example: the recent introduction of electronic scoring and video replay at elite events. 

Taekwondo can be played anywhere and by anyone: young or old, male or female, and regardless of religion or culture. It has a universal appeal because it has the attraction of individual (or team) displays of speed, power, skill and grace. 

"Practice makes Permanent"

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5 Tenets / 5 Cs


All students are instilled with these values and ideals.
  • Courtesy – Polite behavior, having good manners. Be nice!
  • Integrity – Steadfast adherence to strict moral or ethical principles; honesty. Always do the right thing!
  • Perseverance – Steady persistence in adhering to a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties. Work hard and don't give up!
  • Self-control – Control of one’s feelings, desires and actions by one’s own will. Make good decisions.
  • Indomitable Spirit – Honestly, modestly and fearlessly pressing forward with confidence. Believe in yourself!

  • Commitment - to pledge or engage oneself; dedication
  • Continuity - uninterrupted in time; without stopping; stability
  • Consistency - steadfast adherence to principles; reliability
  • Cooperation - working together for a common purpose or benefit; teamwork
  • Citizenship - character demonstrating neighborliness and consideration for your family, society and the world