What is taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, known for its fast, high and spinning kicks.
People have many different interpretations of the name taekwondo. But taekwondo is often interpreted as ‘the way of hand and foot’.
What is the origin of the word “taekwondo”?
The sport had been founded in Korea and is now one of the more popular modern martial arts.
What is taekwondo famous for?
Taekwondo is famed for the use of kicking techniques. These techniques are the ones that distinguish it from other forms of martial arts such as karate or certain southern styles of Kung Fu.
The basis is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks therefore have the greatest potential to strike without retaliation.
Taekwondo as a sport and exercise is very popular among both sexes and of many ages. Physically, taekwondo builds up strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina.
Both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration is essential to be able to focus on one’s strength. An example of this union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards.
Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit are the five tenets of taekwondo. They reflect that taekwondo is a mental discipline as well as a physical one.
What are the disciplines of taekwondo?
The four disciplines of taekwondo are patterns, sparring, self-defense and break test. It is the mixture of these four disciplines that makes the art called taekwondo.
What are the objectives of taekwondo?
1. To develop an appreciation for taekwondo as a sport and as an art.
2. To achieve physical fitness through positive participation.
3. To improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity.
4. To learn self-defense abilities.
5. To develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others.
Taekwondo helps students develop improved awareness, confidence, focus, discipline, memory, and respect. Some schools even have student creeds or oaths that describe Taekwondo’s goals for personal improvement.
Stretching during warm-ups is one way Taekwondo develops flexibility.
Although each Taekwondo club or school will be different, a Taekwondo student can typically expect to take part in most or all of the following:
Some Taekwondo instructors also include the use of pressure points as well as self-defense techniques derived from other Korean arts such as Hapkido and Yudo.
Is taekwondo dangerous?
Even though taekwondo is a full contact sport where it is allowed to kick to the head, it is not considered dangerous to practice. There is no need to actually win during training.
During competitions, full protection is used to shield the competitors.
To avoid head injuries, competitors are not allowed to take part in a competition for a couple of months they were knocked out by a kick to the head. If the same incident happens again after those months, they will not be allowed to participate for half a year.
Is taekwondo for you?
When you set your mind into practicing the teachings and the disciplines of taekwondo, there is no stopping you from being a master of this craft.