A Korean Martial Art
Taekwondo combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. Taekwondo was developed by a variety of Korean masters during the 1940s as partial combination of taekkyeon, Okinawan karate, and other traditions.
Sport Taekwondo was developed in the 1950s and may have a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition. The art in general emphasizes kicks and punches thrown from a mobile stance.
Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Pressure points, known as jiapsul, are used, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts such as Japanese judo, Korean hapkido, and Korean wrestling.
In Korean, tae means “to strike or break with the foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with the fist”; and do means “way of life”. Thus, Taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the way of the foot and the hand.”
Taekwondo for Children
Taekwondo is the most practiced martial art in the world! The benefits of competition, earning rank as well as learning to jump, kick and punch makes Taekwondo appealing to many children. Whether your child’s personality is competitive or shy, Taekwondo will improve their discipline and confidence.
Because Taekwondo is an Olympic sport, as well as a method of self defense, training for children is focused on learning:
- Athletic Conditioning
- Balance and Flexibility
- Speed and Power
- Timing and Tactics
- Techniques and Forms
As your child improves they will be permitted to test for further belt ranks. With time, patience and discipline they can reach the rank of black belt and beyond!
We at The Academy understand that each child is unique and we are dedicated to helping every student reach their potential – mentally and physically.