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TaeKwonDo is a way of Life. Because Taekwondo is so diverse, there are bound to be many styles and interpretations that comprise the whole. Each style has its strengths and weaknesses, focusing on some aspect that its practitioners feel is more important than the rest. It could be sparring, forms, kicking, basics or self-defense. Sure, one might think that placing more focus on a certain part of the whole would lead to the styles as separating from the whole. The truth is that each aspect, whether weighted as a single most impportant unit or not, must be recognized as an essential element that unites Taekwondo.

The meaning of Tae Kwon Do:

  • Tae:   means to strike, block or smash with the foot; it also means to jump
  • Kwon:   means to block, strike or destroy with the hand or fist
  • Do:   means the way, art or method of

Combining these definitions will give us this meaning for TaeKwonDo:  "The art of Kicking and Punching" or "The art of Unarmed Combat".

TaeKwonDo incorporates mental and physical training for health as well as the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense which involve the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to bring on the rapid destruction of the moving opponent[s].

To put it simply, TaekwonDo is more than just a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defense. It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defense, a body that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities through intensive physical and mental training that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, who is focused on mastering only the fighting [ physical ] aspects of the art.

Even though TaekwonDo is called an art of self-defense, it also implies a way of thinking and a way of life, where the practitioner thinks and lives by a concept of strict self-imposed discipline.

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