Founded in 2001, our club has been a place for taekwondo practitioners, old and new, to learn new skills, embrace discipline, fitness, and an appreciation of taekwondo as a sport and martial art.
WHAT IS TAEKWONDO?
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, often translated as "the way of hand and foot"
If you break it down, this is what it becomes:
- Tae ='to strike or block with the foot' or 'to kick', it also means 'jump'
- K'won ='Fist', 'to strike or block with hand'
- Do ='The way of' or 'art'.
Put this together and Taekwondo means: "The art of Kicking and Punching" or "The art of unarmed combat". The sport has been founded in Korea and is one of the popular modern martial arts.
Furthermore, taekwondo follows two disciplines - Poomsae and, Sparring
It is the combination of these two disciplines that makes the art called taekwondo.
Objectives of Taekwondo
- to develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport and as an art
- to achieve physical fitness through positive participation
- to improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity
- to learn self-defense skills
- to develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others.
Is Taekwondo dangerous?
Although WTF Taekwondo is a full contact sport where it is allowed to kick to the head (throwing punches to the head are not allowed), it is not very dangerous to practise Taekwondo. During training, there is no need to actually win so contact is light. During competition, full protection is used to protect the competitors.
To avoid head injuries, a competitor is not allowed to participate in a competition for three months (this time-period seems to vary) if one was knocked out by a kick to the head. If the same incident happens again after these three months, you are not allowed to participate for half a year. Another K.O. to the head after this half year period results in a permanent exclusion of competitions.
ITF Taekwondo is so-called semi-contact. It is not allowed to attack the head with full force. However, it is allowed to throw punches to the head, by using the so-called "killing-blow", stop just an inch before the target. To avoid injuries, ITF uses gloves at sparring-competition.
Sourced from: http://www.barrel.net/introduction.html
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