Learn the power and speed of Taekwondo as you develop fitness and self-defense skills.

Origins or Taekwondo

Beginning in 1945, shortly after the end of the occupation of Korea by Imperial Japan, new martial arts schools began to flourish in Korea, largely established by Korean martial artists who had studied primarily in Japan during the Japanese rule. With the strong encouragement of the Korean president, the Taekwondo schools evolved a unified Korean martial art.

Characteristics of Taekwondo

Taekwondo lessons involve learning a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes, as well as varying forms of take-downs, throws, and joint locks, all of which develop strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. Taekwondo is known for its emphasis on kicking techniques, as compared to other martial arts such as karate. In addition to self-defense training, students learn prearranged sequences of techniques known as forms or poomsae (known in other martial arts as kata).

The emphasis on speed and agility is a defining characteristic of Taekwondo. It also emphasizes the relax/strike principle also increases the power of the technique, by conserving the body’s energy.

Taekwondo is the most widely practiced martial art in the world and typically has a strong sports emphasis.

Practice of Taekwondo

  • Practitioners of Taekwondo realize many benefits from their training.
  • Enhance self-esteem by heightening your physical and mental powers.
  • Build confidence by encouraging you to succeed and to take control of your life.
  • Develop discipline by thoroughly training your body and mind in the tenets and techniques of Taekwondo.
  • Teach self-defense by training you to recognize situations in which physical self-defense may be necessary, and teaching you how to control such situations to your advantage.
  • Strengthen your mind and body through increased physical coordination and mental discipline.

Taekwondo at Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum. This results in greater, more comprehensive development and richer self-defense skills. We teach Taekwondo lessons both for self-improvement and for self-defense. Students develop stronger muscles and better reaction time. They gain confidence, learn deep determination, and leadership experience.

Initially, Taekwondo was practiced chiefly by adults. It was an adult martial art. As it became more popular, Taekwondo classes evolved into primarily a teen martial arts program and a child martial arts program. At Oom Yung Doe, we have preserved the qualities of traditional Taekwondo schools that make it an adult martial art, while delivering a great experience for teens and children also.

Taekwondo is integral to our adult martial arts program, our teen martial arts program, and our children’s martial arts program.

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