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Inner strength, outer strength, and wisdom, these are the gifts
of the Bear."
-Unknown, Choctaw Elder
North Austin Tae Kwon Do has adopted the Bear as its symbol because
of the bear's historical symbolism and its relevance to the
philosophy of the school and our martial arts teachings. The
Bear is a prevalent symbol in cultures around the world, including
but not limited to China, Japan, Korea, the Native American Peoples
and many others cultures.
In each of these mythological or
folk references the Bear is represented in a positive light with a
definitive focus and qualities such as:
"The Bear walks cautiously with strength both
inwardly and outwardly carrying themselves with wisdom, but on a
moment's notice they can unleash immense power, speed and ferocity.
From this wisdom they embrace the love of their family and their
children are of the utmost importance. Powerful yet reserved,
Bears make good leaders, who stand with respect. When true
Bears speak, they are to be heard, for from the opening of their
lips comes right things, no wickedness, nothing perverse or crooked."
Description of members of the Bear Totem