Translated literally "Tae" stands for the foot or to kick with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist or to punch with the fist. "Do" means an art or way.
Thus taken collectively "Taekwondo " indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid defeat of the moving opponent or opponents. The aspect of art denotes self control and thought coupled with the other movements.
Taekwondo is primarily a kicking art which makes it very exciting to watch and practice and is one of the reasons why Taekwondp is so much fun to learn!
Objectives of our Taekwondo
Training for Taekwondo
There are many reasons why people start practicing a martial art and many reasons why people stick with their training. That being said, we try to balance the different aspects of a students training between forms, traditional basics and sparring. All of these areas are beneficial and students must be exposed to them in order to be a more capable practitioner.
We also heavily emphasize physical fitness as a means to improve the effectiveness of a student's techniques (self defense against another person), a healthier body (self defense against illness) as well as increased energy (self defense against laziness).
The four disciplines of Taekwondo
It is the combination of these four disciplines that make the art of Taekwondo.