Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago. It has since spread internationally to become one of the world’s most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe.
The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, meaning “the way.” It can be thought of as “The Way of the Hand and Foot.”
While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying, and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movements called forms.