“Taekwon-Do” literally means, “Way of hand and foot”.
Tae means “to smash, kick or destroy with the foot”
Kwon means “to smash or destroy with the hand”
Do means “way or art”
Taekwon-Do is an unarmed Korean martial art and self-defence. The ‘core’ techniques of Taekwon-Do include kicking, striking, punching and blocking.
As well as self-defence, Taekwon-Do training has many additional benefits which include physical fitness, confidence, flexibility and the promotion of moral values through our 5 tenets, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit.
There is also a significant sport aspect to Taekwon-Do. We attend several competitions each year, at which we compete with other clubs and associations, in patterns, sparring and special technique (power breaking for adults). ITF sparring is continuous, semi-contact. Focused on control and technique to score points.
Competitors wear foot and hand protection equipment, as well as groin and head guards. Bouts are typically two rounds of two minutes of continuous sparring, scored by three to five judges. The level of contact must be controlled, with full-force blows prohibited and knockouts resulting in a disqualification of the attacker. At the end of the bout judges declare whichever competitor scored the most points the winner. Fouls in ITF rules sparring include heavy contact, attacking a fallen opponent, leg sweeping, holding/grabbing, intentional attack to a target other than allowed for example, attacks below the belt.
Why Should Kids do Taekwon-Do?
- The benefits of Taekwon-Do training for kids include:
- Boosting their self-esteem
- Better self-discipline and control
- Help them in social situations
- Keep them active and more physically fit
- Show respect for others
- Teach them the lessons learned from failing
- Give them goals to shoot for as well better focus
- Teach them how to work with others
Those are just some of the many benefits kids learn when they start training in Taekwon-Do and as you see, goes well beyond being taught how to defend oneself. Taekwon-Do can help your child learn many important life lessons.
History & More Information
Basic Information – www.itf-tkd.org/basic-information
General Choi Hong Hi – www.itf-tkd.org/general-choi-hong-hi
History of Taekwon-Do – www.itf-tkd.org/history-of-taekwon-do
ITF Leadership – www.itf-tkd.org/leadership
UKTA – www.ukta.com/about