MASTER VALUABLE LIFE SKILLS WITH TAE KWON DO TRAINING
The value of martial arts training goes far beyond the ability to defend yourself from a physical attack. Students of any style of martial arts learn life skills such as discipline, respect, self-reliance, cooperation and perseverance. These skills translate to greater success both in and out of the studio.
Tae Kwon Do is a form of martial arts that has existed for more than 2000 years. From its origins in Korea, Tae Kwon Do was brought to the United States in the 1950s and has continued to spread ever since, becoming one of the most widely practiced forms of martial arts in the world. The popularity of Tae Kwon Do was so great that it even became an official Olympic sport at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Compared to other martial arts disciplines, Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicking techniques more than hand strikes or ground fighting. Because of this, students make amazing gains in their flexibility, balance and overall agility. Although more focused on foot techniques, Tae Kwon Do also incorporates hand punches, blocks and strikes to effectively combat an opponent. Training often includes a series of basic stances, followed by precise movements known as forms and controlled sparring exercises.
THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF TAE KWON DO
Although it provides a very powerful system for self-defense, Tae Kwon Do focuses heavily on a specific set of tenets that provide a framework for training the mind. These tenets include: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.
The “Tae Kwon Do Student Oath” is typically repeated at the start of each class to remind students of their commitments to themselves, their classmates and their community.
- I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do.
- I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
- I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do.
- I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
- I shall build a more peaceful world.
HOW ARE TAE KWON DO AND KARATE DIFFERENT?
Many people often mistake Tae Kwon Do for Karate, and vice versa. Both martial arts provide an effective system for developing the physical and mental strength required to defend against an attack or other threat. However, there are some key differences between the two styles.
Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea and the training focuses more on kicking techniques. Karate originated in Japan and the training focuses more on hand strikes. Although both very popular styles of martial arts, Tae Kwon Do became an Olympic sport in the year 2000, while Karate will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan.
Despite their differences, traditional martial arts like Karate and Tae Kwon Do, reality-based self-defense programs like Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts all provide similar benefits for the bodies and minds of their students. Some of the top reasons why martial arts training is superior to some other forms of recreation include:
- Increased concentration and focus
- Greater physical health and fitness
- Gains in stamina and agility
- Better flexibility and coordination
- More confidence in day-to-day life
- Relief from daily stress and anxiety
- Greater self-discipline in all areas of life
- Peace of mind in knowing that you can protect yourself at any time
- Higher levels of performance at school, work, and in personal relationships
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