Tae Kwon Do is a very popular Korean martial art that does not use weapons.  It employs very scientific and systematic techniques that use kicks, blocks, punches, and open-handed strikes.  One of the characteristics that makes it different from other martial arts is its emphasis on kicking techniques.  Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicking techniques overall in order to take advantage of the leg’s power and length.

There are many aspects to studying Tae Kwon Do.  It was primarily developed as a means of self-defense, but it is also a great form of exercise.  Studying Tae Kwon Do develops both mental and physical speed, strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance.  It can be learned by anyone.  This gives Tae Kwon Do its broad appeal.

Traditional Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is the national sport of Korea.  Many of the names and symbols of the traditional forms use elements of Korean culture and history.  Tae Kwon Do’s physical and mental exercises give students an opportunity to work towards and attain specific goals.

Sport Tae Kwon Do

Safety and the dynamic nature of sparring contributed to Tae Kwon Do’s selection as an Olympic Sport.  All the rules and regulations are governed by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF).  There are many participants all over the world.