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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tae Kwon Do

My son recently started Tae Kwon do and I must say it's a joy to watch him twice a week. He enjoys Tae Kwon do very much since the teacher makes it a lot of fun for them to start. Tae kwon do is a modern martial art from Korea that is characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. Tae is to strike or block with the foot' or 'to kick', it also means ‘jump’. Kwon is 'fist' or strike or block with hand'. Do is 'The way of' or 'art'. Put this together and Tae kwon do is often translated as 'the way of hand and foot'.

Originating on the Korean Peninsula 1500 years ago, tae kwon do is a system of self defense. Tae kwon do is a modern form of an ancient Korean martial art, and is now thought to be the most practiced martial art in the world, with over 70 million adherents. It teaches students how to defend themselves using both hands and feet, and as a result to improve their ability to deal with everything from insults and name calling to attacks with weapons.

Tae kwon do is also one of the most effective ways that exists of improving your fitness and strength. It can improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity. You can take Tae kwon do as a self-defense skill. In addition, in Tae kwon do training, you can develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others. You can develop an appreciation for Tae kwon do as a sport and as an art.

The color of the belt is an indication of the skill level of a Tae kwon do student. Sometimes belts can be gained by winning competitions; the common way is by completing an exam.

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