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The Park’s Martial Arts Patch was designed by Founder Grand Master Park with the help of his earliest group of Salisbury students. The patch has the five colors of our rank belt structure and are the same colors of the five elements from Chinese philosophy and medicine.

A. The color white represents metal energy and is a symbol of the beginning of one’s studies as well as a symbol of purity.

B. The color yellow represents earth energy and is a symbol of maturity.

C. The color blue represents wood energy and is a symbol of heaven or the sky.

D. The color red represents fire energy and is a symbol for heat and energy.

E.  The color black represents water energy and is a symbol for the combination of all the color.

The meaning of the symbols on the patch are:  The um/yang symbol represents the beginning: the place of martial arts in history of the history of mankind and growth of Park’s Martial Arts in the U.S.A.; the eagle is the king of all birds and the symbol of the U.S.A.  (Master Park is proud of his adopted land and he became a citizen at the earliest possible time).  Notice that the eagle’s wings are in a ‘V’ representing victory.  The globe symbolizes our association with the world and the spread of traditional martial arts as taught by GM Park.  It also represents the World Taekwondo Federation – in that Taekwondo was the initial martial art GM Park introduced here in America. The fist is an ancient martial arts symbol and represents bravery; the scroll symbolizes education, research and development.  It also represents the first goal of Park’s Martial Arts – developing high moral character – the study of a traditional martial arts is a pathway to personal enlightenment. 

The year 1981 is the founding year of Park’s Martial Arts is Salisbury, MD.; the Korean lettering initially spelled Taekwondo and Hapkido, but was revised in 2005 to spell Traditional Martial Arts, in order to more accurately reflect the growing arts that we taught.  The olive leaves remind us of the winners’ prize in the ancient Olympics.  Also the eight leaves on the left of the patch represents palgwe (the eight trigrams of Chinese philosophy) and the number eight (a symbol reflecting infinity). It also symbolizes the eight Taeguek poomse in Taekwondo that one seeks to master as they advance to their  black belt.  The two leaves on the right represent continual growth in all areas of martial arts training. 

Important reminders:  This patch is to be considered a “trade mark” and represents the high quality of traditional martial arts training that GM Park introduced to his students. The patch is to be respected just as we treat our national and state flags with respect. 

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