What is Tae Kwon Do?

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art in which either two people practice methods of unarmed fighting or one person can exercise for both physical fitness and self-defense.  It is an ancient and once secret Korean art of self-protection.  In the past 20 years, TKD has rapidly developed as an injury-free, international competitive sport.  Technically, it is unique style of oriental martial arts, combining Korean foot fighting with Chinese hand techniques.

Korean, tae (태, 跆) means “to strike or break with the foot”; kwon (권, 拳) means “to strike or break with the fist”; and do (도, 道) means “way of life”. Thus, Tae Kwon Do may be loosely translated as “the way of the foot and the hand”.

The student has, through many years of tedious practice, developed his feet and body into hidden weapons of defense.  The student can respond with lightning-like speed and explosive force should that student be physically attacked.  TKD has been called the ultimate in self-defense because it trains reflexes so keen and accurate that the students can effectively defend themselves from attack by multiple assailants.  Yet, they are able to spar vigorously with fellow students without use of heavy protective garments and in complete safety.