What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo, "the way of foot and fist," is based on ancient
Korean methods of self-defense. It places major emphasis on flexibility and
kicking techniques, but hand techniques are also widely employed. This rapidly
developing martial art has become a major international sport and was introduced
to the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea in 1988. Taekwondo was again present at the
1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona; Taekwondo became a full medal sport in the 2000
Olympics Games. Today Taekwondo is the most recognized Korean Martial Art.
Taekwondo's popularity is not only here in the U.S., but internationally as
well. Its evolution and development as an international amateur sport have grown
quickly. Taekwondo is practiced in 123 countries with over 30 million
practitioners and 3 million individuals with black belts throughout the world.
How can I benefit from practicing Taekwondo?
The most important aspect of Taekwondo is that it is not only
a art of self-defense, but of the mind as well. Taekwondo students develop
discipline, confidence, concentration, and respect. These benefits spill over
into all facets of the students' lives. With its practical means of
self-defense, its complete regimen of physical conditioning, and its aid to
improved mental performance, Taekwondo offers a total fitness program
integrating mind, body and spirit.