Taekwondo, it’s for everyone

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 by Rich in Martial Arts Styles

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. The literal translation of Taekwondo is the method to strike or break with the foot and hand. Taekwondo was taught long before the Japanese came to occupy Korea.

There are two main styles of Taekwondo. One is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation and includes the sparring styles used in the Olympics today. The other is the International Taekwon-Do Federation. Both teach principles used in military strategies of 1950’s. The major difference between the two is simply the rules of competition.

There are a few different color systems for the belt ranks in practice today. However, no matter what color system, black belt receives top honor. The history of the black belt comes from knowledge. In olden days, Koreans martial artists believed that if you washed your belt, you washed the knowledge out of it. Therefore, the one who owned the darkest, blackest belt was the most knowledgeable and the naturally selected teacher.

Today, there are thousands of Taekwondo schools (dojangs) across the globe. Most of the schools fall into one of the two main styles. There are a few “freelance” schools that have developed their own forms (katas) and testing system. Many competitions will only allow participants from one of the two world wide recognized federations.

Taekwondo teaches how to block, punch, kick, take down and throw an assailant. You will learn a kata for each belt color and new take downs. As you advance in color, so does the intensity of each technique. This is a great way to learn self defense, getting in shape and building confidence for anyone at any age.

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