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.  The principle of physical movement, mind clearity, and emotional stability make ones life.



Disciplines of Taekwondo

Taekwondo has four disciplines:


*Patterns              *Sparring

*Self-Defense       *Breaking


These categories help to develop a human

and each of them may be specialized in.



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 student athletes tend to spar at extended ranges, and keep opponents away with their feet.  Taekwondo is a fairly linear style and is known for being very powerful. Training emphasizes sparring, classmate drills, but also has poomsaes (forms).


Please check the program pages on this website that describe the different Taekwondo classes in detail.

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