Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.
Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon 'fists and feet,' or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. Thus Taekwondo means "the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world."
Activities like tae kwon do are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches, and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.
The factors that distinguishes Taekwondo from the other arts like Karate, Kung Fu, and Judo are the kicking techniques. More specifically it is the high kicks to the opponents head and chest that set this style apart from the others. The amount of techniques in the Taekwondo style are comprised of well over 3200. All of techniques are comprised of hand strikes, kicking techniques, stances, and sparring techniques. So, the numerous varieties allows a lot of creativity once these techniques are mastered.
Ranking System Another critical factor in Taekwondo are the uniforms worn and the ranking system which is comprised of colored belts. This is usually a bit confusing to the person looking in from the outside as to what the colored belts designated. In it’s most basic form the darker the color of the belt the more advanced the student. So, starting with the beginner who wears a white belt all the way to the elite students which wear black belts. There are usually anywhere from 6 to 12 belts with a variety of colors in between like; orange, blue, purple, green, and brown.
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