About the Art of Taekwondo

Taekwondo as a sport has over 60 million practitioners in 184 countries. It originates from South Korea where the world governing body, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), is currently based.

 

Although Taekwondo's roots were first developed over 20 centuries ago in Korea, it was not officially recognised as a system of self-defense until the 1950s when a group of leading Korean martial artists came together and unified their various art forms under a single style of hand and feet fighting. They named this martial art Taekwondo, and in the last 30 years have developed it into one of the most effective styles of unarmed self-defense and Olympic sport in the world.

 

Taekwondo literally means the "way of kicking and punching". It consists of sharp, strong angular movements with free flowing circular movements to produce a balance of beauty and power. With the addition of Taekwondo's trademark kicking techniques it is a complete system of self-defense and personal improvement. All of its activities are based on the defensive attitude that was originally developed for protection against enemy attacks.

 

The most important fact about Taekwondo is that it is both a superior art of self-defense and a technique of mental discipline. It gives its practitioners self-confidence, self-respect, self-discipline, and coordination. These mental characteristics along with an improved physical ability are beneficial to the mental wellbeing of individuals as well as to their families and friends. With its practical means of self-defense and its complete regimen of physical conditioning Taekwondo offers a total fitness program integrating mind, body, and spirit.

 

Today, Taekwondo is the most recognised martial art in the world, and a popular international Olympic sport. It was a demonstration sport at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games, and was a medal sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and 2004 Athens, Greece. It is also confirmed as a growing spectator sport in 2008 Beijing, China, and 2012 London, United Kingdom. As of today, Taekwondo is the only martial art of its type to be an official Olympic sport.

 

Physical Benefits:

  • Improved Reflexes and Coordination increases your performance in all Physical activities.

  • Increased Strength, and Stamina boost your energy so you feel great all day long.

  • Increased Flexibility & Weight Control for better overall fitness.

  • Great Cardiovascular Work Out keeps you in good shape physically.

 

Mental Benefits:

  • Improved Concentration for better work and study habits.

  • Stress Reduction & Increased Levels of Relaxation for a longer, healthier Life.

  • The Peace of Mind that comes from knowing that you are able to Protect Yourself & Your Family.

  • Increased Self Confidence & Self Discipline to develop a positive attitude Toward life!

 

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