What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high, and spinning kicks. there are multiple interpretations of the name of Taekwondo. Taekwondo is often translated as the "Way of the Hand and Foot".
Tae = "Foot" or "Kick" or "to Jump"
Kwon = "Fist" or "to Strike or
Block with Hand"
Do = "The Way of Mind-Spirit" or "Art"
Put this together and Taekwondo means" "The Art of Punching & Kicking" or "The Art of Unarmed Combat".
Taekwondo is often characterized by unity of body-mind-spirit-life, as well as unity of poomsae (forms) and confrontation. When performing Taekwondo, one should make the mind peaceful and synchronized with movement, extending this harmony with life and society. This is how the principle of physical movement, mind training, and life one.
Disciplines of Taekwondo
Taekwondo has four disciplines:
It is the combination of these four disciplines that make the art of Taekwondo.
Objectives of Taekwondo
1. To develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as
a sport and an art.
2. To achieve physical fitness through positive
3. To improve mental discipline and emotional
4. To learn self-defense skills.
5. To develop a sense of responsibility for one's
self and others.
Taekwondo is primarily a kicking art, often with a greater emphasis on the sport aspect of the art. Taekwondo stylists tend to fight at an extended range, and keep opponents away with their feet. It is a hard/soft external, fairly linear style and is known for being very powerful. There is a lot of competition work in many dojangs. Training tends to emphasize sparring, but also has poomsaes (forms), and basics are important as well.