A Brief Overview of Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is the national sport of South Korea.  Tae means to strike or break with foot, kwon means to strike or break with fist and do means way, method or path.  Tae Kwon Do is a combination of self-defense, sport, combat techniques and exercise.  The sport of Gyeorugi, a form of sparring, has been an Olympic sport since the year 2000.

When training in the art of Tae Kwon Do, the student generally works within a system of blocks, kicks, punches, open-handed strikes, take-downs, sweeps, throws and joint locks.  Many Tae Kwon Do instructors utilize jiapsul or pressure points, grabbing self-defense techniques that are borrowed from hapkido and judo.

Although each Tae Kwon Do school is different, each student of Tae Kwon Do will most likely take part in learning the techniques and curriculum of Tae Kwon Do, aerobic and anaerobic exercise, self-defense, patterns “forms”, sparring, relaxation or meditation, throwing or falling techniques, discipline, etiquette, justice, self-confidence and breaking of boards.

Tae Kwon Do derives from several different kwans and therefore the philosophy can be expressed in a couple ways.  However, the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s student oath states “I shall be a champion of freedom and justice” and “I shall build a more peaceful world”.

At Better Families Through Tae Kwon Do, we follow the Jhoon Rhee system.  We are proud to be one of the most prestigious Miami Karate Schools.  Our instructors have inspired over 600 families and we are most proud of our stellar reputation within the community.

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