The Differences Between Tae Kwon Do and Karate

When looking for a martial arts course for their children, parents often wonder about the differences between Tae Kwon Do and Karate. Here are some quick bullet points that illustrate the basic differences between the two.

Taekwondo
• Martial art style that emphasizes spectacular kicks. Punches and hand/arm strikes can sometimes receive less focus.
• Developed in Korea.
• Often taught by Korean immigrants (in America). Your child is likely to learn some Korean (i.e. how to count in Korean).
• Taekwondo is an Olympic sport. Therefore students will often be encouraged to spar according to Olympic rules (in a controlled environment and with protective gear).
• Different terminology (i.e. Uniform = Dobok, School = Dojang, etc.)
• There are different styles/schools within Taekwondo (such as WTF and ITF).
• Not a “soft” martial arts style such as Tai Chi.
• Not a “grappling” martial arts style such as Judo.
• Will teach your child basic self-defense.

Karate
• Martial art style that emphasizes punches, strikes and kicks. There tends to be more emphasis on punches and strikes than Taekwondo.
• Developed in Japan.
• Often taught by Americans (in America).
• Karate is not an Olympic sport. Judo is currently the only Japanese martial art in the Olympics.
• Different terminology (i.e. Uniform = Gi, School = Dojo, etc.)
• There are different styles/schools within Karate (such as WKF and WUKF).
• Not a “soft” martial arts style such as Tai Chi.
• Not a “grappling” martial arts style such as Judo.
• Will teach your child basic self-defense.

Both forms of martial arts are beneficial physically and mentally and can improve coordination, balance, discipline, among other things. If you’re trying to decide what’s best for your child, it is important to look past technique and into the establishment providing the education that will change your child’s life.

Better Families’ emphasis is on establishing discipline, respect and courtesy in each student. This concept is built into every aspect of Tae Kwon Do instruction through the positive reinforcement of Martial Arts protocol. The program builds confidence and character by providing students with control over their bodies and developing their ability to stand up to peer pressure and other intimidating situations. No matter the age level, our programs are exciting, motivating, and fun!

For more information on our Miami Tae Kwon Do classes, call us at 305-663-1882.

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