One of the most. Popular martial arts. In the world. With millions. Of practitioners. All over the world. Is Taekwondo. It is a kind. Of physical activity. That is recognized. And promoted globally. Not just. In learning self-defense. But also. As a means. To improve. Physical fitness, mental health. And also. By improving. Discipline and focus.
1940s and 1950s were the years. Where Taekwondo. Was developed. In Korea. It was used. As a combination. Of traditional. Korean martial arts. And Japanese karate. The roots. Of this. Martial art. Also rooted. To the ancient. Korean warriors. Known as the Hwarang. Who was trained. With variety. Of skills.
It was in the early 20th century. Where martial artists. Began to standardize. The various. Martial arts style. In Korea. Hence, the development. Of modern form. Of this martial art.
The use. Of feet. And hands. Is what Taekwondo. Is known for. That was mostly used. For striking. And blocking. Some other techniques. Are punching, kicking, footwork. And sparring. For punching. There are several types. Like uppercuts. And hooks. For kicking, which is. The major technique. Also have. Different types. Including side-kicks, back kicks. And roundhouse kicks.
Footwork, on the other hand. Is an essential technique. Because it helps. To move quickly. And evading. The attacks. The most common kinds. Of footwork. Are stepping forward. And backward.
Belts and Ranks
Martial arts belts. Are important. To any kind. Of martial arts. Because it is used. In denoting. The level. Of proficiency. Of practitioners. In Taekwondo, belts. And ranks. Also exist. The colored belt colors. Are used. To indicate. A student’s level. Of skill. And knowledge. There are typically ten. Colored belts. Followed by. Black belt system. Which has ten degrees. Or dans.
Taekwondo forms. Or poomsae. Are series. Of movements. That stimulates. A real fight. Against multiple attackers. It is also used. As a tool. To develop techniques. As well as. In improving. Balance and flexibility. Forms are usually performed. As solo. And the practitioners. Are required. To memorize. The sequence. Of movements. That corresponds. To the belt level. It is important. To learn. And practice. The forms. So that students. And practitioners. Can develop discipline, precision. And focus. In the techniques.
Taekwondo has been. A part. Of Olympic Games. Since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. And from then. It has become. One of the most. Popular sport. In the Olympics. Which attracted. Lot of attention. From fans. All over. The world. In Olympics. Men and women. Both compete. In different. Weight categories. The rules. In Olympics. Are slightly different. From traditional. Because it focuses. On scoring points. For clean kicks. And punches. To the opponent’s torso. And head.
Whether you are interested. In developing. Your self-defense. Personal growth. Or even physical fitness. Taekwondo can provide. A package. Of experience. For your health. And body. Though this kind. Of martial arts. May be challenging. To others. Practitioners will surely benefit. A lot. From this physical activity.