is Taekwondo! -video link
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized
by it's fast, high and spinning kicks. There are multiple interpretations
of the name taekwondo. Taekwondo is often translated as 'the way
of hand and foot'. My definition of the name Taekwondo is
Tae='to strike or block with the foot' or 'to kick',
it also means 'jump'
K'won='Fist', 'to strike or block with hand'
Do='The way of' or 'art'.
Put this together and Taekwondo means: "The art of Kicking
and Punching" or "The art of unarmed combat". The
sport has been founded in Korea and is one of the popular modern
Disciplinces of taekwondo
Taekwondo has four disciplinces which are explained in a seperate
page/chapter of this site. The four displinces are:
It is the combination of these four disciplines that makes the
art called taekwondo.
Objectives of Taekwondo
to develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport and as an
to achieve physical fitness through positive participation
to improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity
to learn self-defense skills
to develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others.
Taekwondo for kids
Taekwondo has no age limits and is a very good sport
for children. They learn fast reactions through games, learn to
respect others and learn to know their abilities and disabilities.
Competition rules are a bit different for children then they are
for adults. Although children wear full body protection (preferably
thicker than the protection for adults) only kicks and punches
to the body are allowed, no kicks to the head.
Is Taekwondo dangerous?
Although WTF Taekwondo is a full contact sport where it is allowed
to kick to the head (throwing punches to the head are not allowed),
it is not very dangerous to practise Taekwondo. During training,
there is no need to actually win. During competition, full protection
is used to protect the competitors.
To avoid head injuries, a competitor is not allowed
to participate in a competition for three months (this seems to
vary) if one was knocked out by a kick to the head. If the same
incident happens again after these three months, you're not allowed
to participate for half a year. Another K.O. to the head after
this half year period results in a permanent exclusion of competitions.