Tae Kwon Do is a systematic Korean martial art that teaches more than just self-defense. Literally, Tae Kwon Do means the way of foot and hand. "Do" is a Korean equivalent of the Chinese character "Tao", which means a way of doing things. "Tae" and "Kwon" are also the Korean equivalents of the Chinese characters that stand for foot and hand respectively. Loosely translated, the three characters Tae-Kwon-Do combine to mean the art of kicking and punching. However, Tae Kwon Do also carries a much deeper meaning that cannot be translated literally. It implies discipline of the mind as well as the body, a way of life that is healthier and more productive, and not giving up in the face of adversity.