|American Taekwondo Association affiliated schools practice what is called “Songahm Taekwondo”. How is the term “Songahm” translated?|
Pine Tree and Rock
- . In Lee’s book, “The Way of Traditional Taekwondo, Volume A: Philosophy and Traditions”, he states that the term “Songahm” represents, “Evergreen strength the year round, long life and a symbol of unchanging human loyalty”. The symbolic meaning is that a student grows like a pine tree from a white belt (“Pure and without the knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots.”) to a first degree black belt (“The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness. It must now begin to ‘plant seeds for the future'”).