Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Similar to karate, the movements of Taekwon-do are dynamic and graceful. It is an excellent practice for training both the mind and body. Taekwon-do students use all parts of their body for defense and attack, with active movements and postures. Taekwon-do places emphasis on discipline and conduct as well.
What are the some of the benefits of learning Taekwon-do?
Physical Strength and Balance
One of the main benefits of Taekwon-do is improving strength and balance. Because Taekwon-do depends on kicking, practitioners learn to balance their weight on one leg to leave the other one free to strike. This also helps strengthen the muscles of the torso. Taekwondo can also help improve coordination. Arm and leg muscles become stronger as a child or adult practices strikes.
Much like Karate, learning the patterns and sequences of Taekwondo requires concentration and attention, and sparring requires focus on both one’s self and one’s opponent. Taekwondo teaches breathing and meditation techniques to assist in learning focus.
As children and adults dedicate themselves to a goal in taekwondo they gain confidence as they observe their own progress and increasing mastery. This self-confidence can then be carried over into other areas of life.
As students train the mind and body in Taekwon-do, focus and discipline increase to meet the goals of advancement in the practice.
Taekwondo has 5 tenets or guiding principles:
Courtesy (Ye Ui) – To be polite and respect one another and one’s surroundings, giving respect to the instructor, elders, and fellow students.
Integrity (Yom Chi) – in Taekwondo, integrity means being able to define right from wrong and choose right action with humility.
Perseverance (In Nae) – Taekwondo promotes perseverance, continuing to practice to achieve a goal.
Self Control (Guk Gi) – Working within one’s ability and maintaining control over one’s actions is emphasized in Taekwon-do.
Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool) – A Taekwondo student will at all times be modest and honest. When confronted with injustice, they will deal with the situation without any fear or hesitation, with indomitable spirit.