Taekwondo is generally translated into “the way of the hand and foot”. Known primarily for their fancy kicks, practitioners utilize a style of self defense that compliment their array of fast and powerful kicking techniques.
Founded in Korea and tracing its roots back through several styles of martial arts throughout history, Taekwondo has evolved into an internationally recognized martial art and Olympic sport. It is also the national sport of South Korea. In the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia, Taekwondo became an official sport and officially became only the second Asian Martial Art allowed in the games. At one point it was the most popular martial art in the world based on number of people practicing the style.
The philosophy of Taekwondo is based around 5 tenets: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit. A Black Belt is required to exemplify these qualities and use them as a guide to live their daily lives.
Whether you are looking for a traditional martial art style or a sport competition venue, Taekwondo is worth considering. With proper instruction, this style is well rounded enough to give most people what they are looking for in martial arts.