What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a martial art, characterized by its head-height, jumping & spinning kicks and it’s fast kicking techniques. It was first develop between the 1940s and 1950s by various martial artist incorporating elements of Chinese martial arts and Karate as well as indigenous Korean martial arts traditions. Originating from South Korea, Taekwondo has grown in popularity worldwide and is currently recognized as an Olympic event since 2000.
Taekwondo strives to maintain balance between traditional techniques and sport/competitive training. Traditional taekwondo is taught with a focus on discipline, power, and accuracy. The sport aspect adds to the traditional side with a focus on speed & conditioning, important aspects of Kyorugi (full-contact sparring). Basics focus on punching, kicking, blocking exercises and proper form that prepare and develop students to advance to higher level techniques.
Taekwondo encourages practitioners of the art to be more disciplined & self controlled as well as develop speed, power and accuracy. The martial art encourages one to have more confidence and be able to execute at a high-level that will help oneself excel in all aspects of life.