What is taekwondo and why you should learn it ?
Taekwondo was developed in Korea between the 40’s and the 50’s and quickly became the most famous and popular Korean martial art in Korea and worldwide.
Taekwondo consist mainly in fast high kicking, spinning kicks and also punching.
This modern Korean martial art is a mixed of various traditional Korean fighting styles like gwonbeop, taekkyeon …
Tae Kwon Do and judo are the two only Asian martial arts that are part of the Olympic games.
“TAEKWONDO is a great martial art for every age !“
Taekwondo is a great martial art for every age, providing great exercise, discipline, and focus. Taegeuk Martial Arts USA practices WTF (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) Forms and Olympic style sparring in Iowa.
Taekwondo forms are a system of blocks and attacks which teach martial art method. This will increase your discipline and flexibility and are also performed in competition.
What means the Korean word tea kwon do ?
Literally translated, the Korean word, “TAE” means “to kick with the foot”, “KWON” implies “a hand or fist to block, punch, or strike” and “DO” means an “arts” or a “way”. Thus, “Tae Kwon Do” means, “the arts of kicking, blocking and punching”. However, Tae Kwon Do is not merely a physical fighting skill, it is also a way of thought and life.
Through disciplined training, Tae Kwon Do improves both the mind and body, placing great emphasis on the development of personal character. Students are taught that self control, self discipline, kindness and humility must accompany their increased physical strength and ability.
Do I need to be powerful to learn teakwondo ?
Not really. You need power of course but you don’t need to be a Bodybuilder or have big muscles to become a good taekwondo student / taekwondoin. In fact, to reach black belt level in taekwondo, you mainly need to focus in speed and agility.
What type of equipment do I need to start learning taekwondo ?
Like most martial arts such as judo, you need to wear an uniform. In taekwondo, the uniform is called dobok and is often white but it can also be black or in another color. However, colored uniform are normally dedicated for special teams : Demonstration Team, Leadership & Dream Team …
There is 2 types of dobok, the cross-over front jacket and the V or Y-neck jackets or if you like, the no cross-over jacket.
To be comfortable in your dobok while doing tae-kwon-do, you also need a belt. The taekwondo belt color is also used to indicate the taekwondo student’s rank.
- The WHITE BELT : for beginners with no previous knowledge of Taekwondo. The taekwondo white belt symbolizes purity and innocence.
- The YELLOW BELT : just after the beginners level, you start to develop your strength, and have better control of your body, specially your legs. The taekwondo green belt symbolizes energy and brightness, as from the sun, and maturation as in the yellowing of grain..
- The ORANGE BELT : Represents new growth which appears in spring. Techniques begin to take form.
- The GREEN BELT : you have good side-kick, dual & knife hand techniques as well as good back stance. The taekwondo green belt represents the plant starting to grow from the earth, like your power soar to higher levels.
- The BLUE BELT : the taekwondo student as participated in some tournaments or taekwondo competitions, demonstrations and also attended seminars. The taekwondo blue belt symbolizes the sky, the heaven.
- The BROWN BELT : power, stability, agility, patience/crowdedness and wisdom. This stage is where one begins to stabilize both mentally and physically.
- The RED BELT : the student is becoming very skilled and confidente and getting closer to the taekwondo black belt rank. The taekwondo red belt represents the danger, and shows the opponent to stay away !
- The BLACK BELT : even tough you can keep learning and improving your taekwondo technical skills all your life, it’s clear that at this point, you’ve demonstrated maturity and high skills in taekwon-do, the most famous Korean martial art. The taekwondo black belt represents proficiency and maturity but is also the combination of all colors, mastery, calmness, dignity, and sincerity.
It’s the Final stage of one’s life cycle and beginning of next one (Re-born) …
What about the shoes ? Well you don’t need it !
What is sparring in martial art ?
Sparring is a way to practice martial arts like taekwondo for instance, against an opponent in a safe manner. Sparring will improve your strength, speed and stamina. Sparring is very popular in competition, with the best athletes competing in National Events and the Olympic Games.
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