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What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo, "the way of foot and fist," is based on ancient Korean methods of self-defense. It places major emphasis on flexibility and kicking techniques, but hand techniques are also widely employed. This rapidly developing martial art has become a major international sport and was introduced to the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea in 1988. Taekwondo was again present at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona; Taekwondo became a full medal sport in the 2000 Olympics Games. Today Taekwondo is the most recognized Korean Martial Art. Taekwondo's popularity is not only here in the U.S., but internationally as well. Its evolution and development as an international amateur sport have grown quickly. Taekwondo is practiced in 123 countries with over 30 million practitioners and 3 million individuals with black belts throughout the world.

How can I benefit from practicing Taekwondo?

The most important aspect of Taekwondo is that it is not only a art of self-defense, but of the mind as well. Taekwondo students develop discipline, confidence, concentration, and respect. These benefits spill over into all facets of the students' lives. With its practical means of self-defense, its complete regimen of physical conditioning, and its aid to improved mental performance, Taekwondo offers a total fitness program integrating mind, body and spirit.