White Tiger Martial Arts Center opened its doors in 2006 and has quickly grown to one of the largest martial arts school in Illinois. With over 27 years of Taekwondo and martial arts experience under his belt, Master Lee has brought the quality and integrity of martial arts instruction to the northshore area. Under Head Master Lee's direction, White Tiger offers an upscale, quality martial arts experience for students of all ages offering 3 martial arts programs. White Tiger is a 9,000 sq ft facility with fully equipped locker/shower facilities, fully stocked pro shop, a lobby with television and 3 fully equipped martial arts studios. White Tiger offers a complete martial arts experience that offers classes for all ages and students of any and every level.
In recent years, White Tiger has begun training 3 competition teams that focus on martial arts tournaments and demonstrations. Students can join either the Sparring, Form, or Demo Team in whichever arena they choose to focus. Members of the White Tiger Team attend rigorous practices and attend several local and national tournaments throughout the year. White Tiger is proud to host several competitors and medalists from the IL State Championship and the USAT Junior Olympics every year for the past 4 years.
The Origin of Tae Kwon Do
Man by nature has instinct to preserve his own life as well as his race, and therefore engages in physical activities either consciously or unconsciously. Man cannot do without physical motions that he grows and developed on them, regardless of time and space. In ancient times people had no means other than the bare hands and body to defend themselves; so they naturally developed the bare-hand fighting techniques. Even at times when arms were developed as defensive or offensive means, people continued to enjoy the bare-hand fighting techniques for the purpose of building physical strength as well as showing off through matches at rituals of tribal communities.
In the early days of the Korean peninsula, there were three tribes, each enjoying warrior's martial art contests during the ritual seasons. At the time, people learned techniques from their experiences of fighting against the beasts whose defensive and offensive motions were also the subject of analysis. It is believed that this was exactly the true grounding of today's Taekwondo, which names have descended from "Subak", "Taekkyon" and so on.
In the latter part of ancient times on the Korean peninsula, three kingdoms were rivaling among them for the hegemony. They were Koguryo, Paekje and Shilla all indulged in growing national strength with trained warriors. Therefore, the Korean history tells that there were military personalities among the well-known prominent national leaders of the three kingdoms, which proves the military tendency of ruling hierarchy.
As a result, youth warriors were organized, such as "Hwarangdo" in Shilla and "Chouisonin" in Koguryo, which both adopted martial art training as one of the important subjects of learning. A known martial art book of the days, called "Muyedobo-Tongji" wrote "Taekwondo is the basis of martial art, enabling one to build strength by using the hand and foot freely and training arms and legs as well as the body to adaptable to any critical situations," which means Taekwondo was already prevalent in that age. Thus, it can be easily assumed that Taekwondo was originated from the days of tribal communities on the Korean peninsula. Shilla kingdom founded in B.C. 57 on the southeastern part of Korea, and Koguryo founded in B.C. 37 on the northern part of Korea along Yalu river, both made great efforts to raise their youngsters into strong warriors called "hwarang" and "sunbae" respectively, certainly with Taekwondo as one of the principal subjects of physical training.