What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Taekwondo is also an Olympic sport. The word “Taekwondo” derives from the following: “Tae” meaning foot, “Kwon” meaning fist, and “Do” meaning “the art of” or “the way”.
The word “Taekwondo” basically means the art of self-defence using only one’s hands and feet. Taekwondo does not practice, or encourage the use of weapons such as knives, sticks or swords etc. and it does not practice or encourage the use of any fatal strikes.
Taekwondo is a martial art that was originally taught by Buddhist monks in the 7th century and passed onto villagers, so they could protect themselves if needed. The “Eight Trigrams of the I Ching” symbol shown opposite, dates back to the seventh century during the reign of the Silla dynasty. The outer edge symbolises infinity, and the red and blue symbols inside the circle symbolise Um and Yang (or Yin and Yang) that represent the negative and positive forces of the cosmos and human life. Outside the Um and Yang symbols are eight trigrams (or gwe) of the I Ching that refer to the relationship of the poomsae philosophical concepts. The South Korean flag shows the Um and Yang also, as well as four trigrams that is the influence the I Ching has made on the people of Korea.
What are the benefits of Taekwondo?
The main benefit of Taekwondo is its availability to all ages and both sexes. In our club, we encourage families to train and have fun together. Taekwondo is a great way to get fit and healthy. Taekwondo teaches you how to deal with stressful situations, and also how to defend yourself.
Other benefits most students gain from training Taekwondo are:
- Increase in fitness, health, flexibility and coordination
- Increase in concentration
- Ability to strive for goals
- Improvement in self confidence