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Taekwondo (태권도)

Taekwondo is a Korean style of martial arts emphasizing kicks, punches, and blocks. In Korean, tae means to “strike or break with foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with with fist”; and do means “way”, “method”, or “art”. Loosely translated, Taekwondo reads “the art of the foot and fist.” Strikes with the leg are particularly emphasized because the leg is the longest and strongest weapon (or tool) that a martial artist has. Taekwondo excels at developing students in important physical skills (strength, speed, balance, stamina, and flexibility) and mental skills (discipline, patience, etiquette, respect, and self-confidence).

In the number of practitioners, Taekwondo is one of the world’s most popular martial arts. It is used by the South Korean military as part of its training and, in 2000, was added to the summer Olympic games. Taekwondo is a gender and age friendly martial art and can be practiced to focus in one or more domains; self-defense, sport, exercise, relaxation, rehabilitation, etc.

A student typically wears a white dobok, or uniform, with a belt around the waist. Traditionally, every student starts their martial arts journey wearing a solid white belt. The belt system is simply a teaching tool for short and long term goal setting. Every dojang, or school, may have a different set of color belts and/or stripes, but, essentially there are ten degrees of color belt and ten degrees of black belt ranks.

Since every dojang is different, we offer a trial program. We encourage you to come by and observe a class, then, if you decide you would like to give it a try, we have an introductory program for Taekwondo for $29.95. The package includes a FREE uniform, one private lesson, and two group classes. We want students to be here just because they WANT to be, not because they HAVE to be. It makes an incredible difference in the overall atmosphere.

Taekwondo Related Links:

The U.S. Martial Arts Association, founded by O-Sensei Phil Porter

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)

USA Taekwondo

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Taekwondo