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Most people fear the unknown: an unfamiliar situation or doubts about their abilities to deal with the situation. The more information you have about a situation, the less you fear it. The more familiar you are with your abilities and capabilities, the less fear you will have in a given situation. Thus, the more knowledge you have about the world around you, the less you fear it. The confidence you attain through Taekwondo training gives you the courage you need to face any situation.
When confronted with a dangerous situation, everyone experiences fear. Taekwondo training helps us to control the fear and act appropriately. The root of fear is the apprehension generated by the unknown and a loss of control. People feel more fear when walking into strange dark house late at night than they do walking into a haunted house at an amusement park because they know what to expect in the haunted house. When you give commands to an orderly crowd of people, there is little fear because you feel in control, but if the crowd becomes unruly, the fear increases substantially. When Taekwondo students confront their fears, they find they are not so fearsome and they become stronger persons from the experience.
People do not study Taekwondo because of a fear of spiders or enclosed places. They begin their studies for reasons such as physical fitness or discipline, but one of main reasons they begin the study of Taekwondo is a fear of crime, primarily a fear of crimes that may be committed against themselves or their families. This fear of crime may come from many different sources.