What is Taekwondo?

Originating from Korea, Taekwondo has been a long standing traditional martial art form having roots from over 2000 years ago. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae(foot), Kwon(hand), Do(the way).

 

“Tae” refers to the legs and lower torso, which provide the force necessary to do the hopping, jumping, and flying kicks that Taekwondo is famous for. The lower torso is also where the center of balance for the body is located.

“Kwon,” refers to the upper body and arms as well. Finger tips, wrists, fists and elbows are also used to strike with. An inherent part of the term “Kwon” also means defence. It is the complement of attack or strike and must be explored in order to learn balance of form and technique.

 

“Do” means “the way.” This is the domain of the mind and indicates that more is involved than just training the body. It is not enough for the practitioner to become proficient in just the physical aspects of the art; his/her mind and body must work together in harmony, embodying the spirit of oneness.

 

Thus, Taekwondo utilizes both mental and physical development which provides a setting for emotional well-being, freedom from stress and fear, a complete system of self-defense, and a truly unique lifestyle.