What’s it all about?
The name Taekwondo literally translates as the way of the foot and the fist. ‘Tae’ means to break or attack with the foot, ‘kwon’ means to break with the fist and ‘do’ translates as the art or way.
Taekwondo originates from South Korea and has over 60 million practitioners in 184 countries.
The modern form of Taekwondo was not agreed until 1955, but the sport has its roots in various Korean forms of martial arts stretching back more than 2,000 years.
As well as the sporting and self-defence aspects to Taekwondo, the exercise in martial arts training improves balance, flexibility, stamina, strength and posture.
Unlike many other forms of physical activity, martial arts also have a mental element which not only improves the mind’s focus but also helps provide confidence and self-control.
Taekwondo is certainly not limited to those in superb physical condition. Anyone can take advantage of its benefits when learning proper techniques.
Taekwondo is practiced all over the county, in many local leisure centres and community halls.
Taekwondo can be adapted for disabled participants, but you would need to discuss this with your tutor who will be able to develop specific skills for your needs.
To find your local Tae Kwon Do Club visit the British Taekwondo website.