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Written by Sierra Rein
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The term "TaeKwonDo" is an amalgamation of three Korean words: "Tae" (foot/kick), "Kwon" (fist/punch), and "Do" (art/way of life), and is perhaps one of the most balletic of self defense arts. This martial art utilizes spinning kicks and leaps, as well as concentrated feats of breaking wood and cement with bare hands, and has a strict code of respect, honor, and self-control. Although the roots of the sport go back thousands of years, in 1955 Korean General Choi Hong Hi helped to combine the teachings of several schools and created a combination of ancient Korean fighting techniques into one school of form. Thus TaeKwonDo was born.

The traditional TaeKwonDo uniform is the dobok, a loose-fitting pant and robe suit that allows free movement of all limbs. As a student, your rank in skill is represented by the color of your belt (as in Karate), and rank divisions are separated into ten kup (pupil) levels and nine dan (expert) levels. You can find athletes applying their TaeKwonDo skills on many levels, from the local school all the way to the tournaments of the Olympic Games.

TaeKwonDo Is A Way Of Life

If you are interested in becoming a TaeKwonDo student, there are a few things you need to know beforehand. It is not just a method you can learn to protect yourself from attack, but it is also literally a way of life that needs to be taken seriously. A lot of dedication and stamina, both mentally and physically, is demanded of the student. This applies to the beginning levels as well as the higher, fully professional ones.

If you are ready to learn more, know that the benefits of TaeKwonDo are many. You will be able to focus and learn to concentrate more on the challenges in life, and earn the benefits of working your muscles and stretching your joints on a day-by-day or week-by-week basis. Strength, stamina, grace, and discipline are all skills that will be worked on, nurtured, and developed in the years you apply yourself to the craft.

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