Taekwondo is a martial art from the country of Korea. It teaches unity of the mind, body and spirit through physical and mental training.
The translation of Taekwondo means, “The Way of the Foot and Fist” . Taekwondo was created by several Korean martial arts masters in the mid-twentieth century. During WWII, Japan occupied Korea, during which Korean people studied styles of Karate and other Japanese martial arts. It was during these years that Korean masters created their own schools and eventually came together to create what we know now as Taekwondo so that the Republic of Korea had one unified martial art to represent their country.
After the Korean War, Taekwondo’s popularity continued to grow and in 1972 and 73′ the world Taekwondo headquarters was founded and named the “Kukkiwon”. The World Taekwondo Federation, the organization which governs Olympic Taekwondo, was founded the same year. Since then the style has grown to having over 9 million people holding Poom or Dan Certificates in 200 countries! The Kukkiwon has continued to be an ambassador organization to the world to help encourage peace through martial arts.
Korean Taekwondo is a method which teaches:
- Poomsae (Forms)
- Gyeorugi (Sparring)
- Open-handed strikes
- Joint locks
- Pressure points
Taekwondo, aims not only to acquire power and skill for self-defense but to perfect oneself with the character of devoting one’s life to justice, honoring their responsibilities, and embodying the thought of universal equality. To accomplish this, students must practice the tenets of Taekwondo in their daily lives which are:
- Indomitable Spirit
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Taekwondo is the most practiced martial art in the world and for good reason, it teaches people of all ages self-defense and to have a strong mind and body. However, training for children differs from adult training. The needs of children, teens and adults all vary; for children it’s important for them to learn how to listen, follow instructions, use teamwork, show respect to others, have a good attitude and have fun!
Children’s training will teach the by learning exercises tailored for children. These will give your child a well rounded set of mental and athletic skills that most children lack without training:
- Focus, Discipline, Confidence
- Athletic Conditioning
- Balance and Flexibility
- Speed and Agility
- Principles of Offense and Defense
“Gyeorugi” or Sparring, is an important part of Taekwondo and is a requirement if your child would like learn. Sparring is when 2 players, wearing blue or red chest and head gear, use kicks and strikes to score points on the opponents gear. Taekwondo sparring is safer than many other sports and has a low rate of injury. All training is supervised by Master Mitchell to ensure students train safely and respect each other. When your child has learned certain fundamentals they will be allowed to participate in sparring.
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! The Academy Dallas understands that each child is unique and we are dedicated to helping every student reach their potential!