Taekwondo is a martial art form and sport that uses the hands and feet for attack and defense. The focus of Taekwondo is on training and disciplining the mind along with the body. There are four main uses of Taekwondo today.
Taekwondo is a good exercise for children who are still growing as well as a good way for grown-ups to increase their physical endurance. The movements of Taekwondo require extensive use of the joints, which increases one's flexibility. Since moves such as kicking, jabbing and shouting are involved, Taekwondo is not only a great workout, but an ideal way to relieve stress.
Taekwondo involves attacking one's opponent with bare hands and feet. What sets Taekwondo apart if the use of various powerful leg movements. This has enabled it to become a world renowned martial art. Taekwondo's attack movements are aggressive, but the main focus is on defence. Therefore, Taekwondo is an ideal sport for those wishing to learn self-defence.
Taekwondo is an official competitive category in major world sporting events such as the Olympics, Panam Games, Asian Games, All American Games, and South American Games. Competitive Taekwondo makes use of safety gear and set attack/defence sequences in the amount of damage possible. This way, competitive martial artists can enjoy the thrill of competing with less risk.
Taekwondo trains the body, but does much to develop the mind as well. The objective of learning Taekwondo is to foster growth in both areas in order to become a more mature human being. Students of Taekwondo receive not only lessons on attack and defence, but also participate in etiquette classes in order to build and strengthen their character.
Source: Korea Tourism Organisation (http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto)
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