It is important to know the history and character and background of the flags responsible for the teachings and lineage of our style of Martial Arts.
Meaning of the American Flag
OLD GLORY - THE AMERICAN FLAG)
The Stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the Stars represent the 50 states of the union.
The Colors of the flag are symbolic as well; Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence, and Blue represents Vigilance ,Perseverance and Justice.
The American Flag is a symbol known Worldwide. It represents the Freedom, Dignity, and True meaning of being an American
Meaning of the Korean Flag
T'aeGuk-Ki (The Korean Flag)
The Korean National Flag is very philosophical. The origin comes from the oriental philosophy called Enm-Yang ( Yin-Yang in Chinese). In Korea the symbol of Yin and Yang, and sometimes the flag itself, is called Taeguk and summarizes the thoughts of Yeok ( "I Ching" in Chinese). The name means the flag of "Great Extremes."
The white background represents purity and peace
The upper red section is called the Yang and the lower blue section is called the Um or, more commonly known, Ying
The Ying Yang is the ancient symbol of the creation of the universe and shows the differences between day and night, hot and cold, good and evil, etc. It is a representation of opposites and also a representation of how all parts are needed in order to be whole.
The tri-grams located in each corner of the flag represent the concepts of opposites and balance.