What is Tae Kwon Do? Litterally translated, the Korean word "Tae" means to kick or squash with the foot. The word "Kwon" implies a hand or fist to block, punch, strike, or destroy. "Do" means 'art' or 'way.' Thus Tae Kwon Do means the art of kicking, blocking, and punching.
Taekwondo is a free-fighting combat sport is which an individual uses bare hands and feet to repel an opponent. Taekwondo literally means the "way of kicking and punching." It consists of sharp, strong angular movements with free flowing circular movements to produce a balance of beauty and power. With the addition of Taekwondo's trademark kicking techniques it is a complete system of self-defense and personal improvement. All of its activities are based on the defensive attitude that originally developed for protection against enemy attacks.
The most important fact about Taekwondo is that it is both a superior art of self-defense and a technique of mental discipline. It gives its practitioners self-confidence that provides an advantage over a weaker opponent. This mental characteristic along with the physical ability is beneficial to the mental life of individuals as well as to their families and friends. With its practical means of self defense, its complete regimen of physical conditioning, and its aid to improved concentration and mental performances, Taekwondo offers a total fitness program integrating mind, body and spirit.
Tae Kwon Do is a system of symmetrical body exercises (or a system of techniques) designed for self defense and counterattack in unarmed combat, making use of hands and feet as weapons. However, Tae Kwon Do is not merely a physical fighting skill, it is rather a way of thought and life. Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Martial Art and National Sport, has become increasingly popular in the Western world and is being practiced by people all over the world as an art of self defense as well as a competitive sport.
Today, Taekwondo is the most recognized Korean Martial Art, and a popular
international sport. It was a demonstration sport at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games, and is a medal sport at the 2000 ,2004, 2008 Olympic Games