The literal meaning of Tae Kwon Do is “Foot, Hand, Martial art.” However, Tae Kwon Do means much more than kicking and punching. It is a martial art that offers discipline, self-confidence, personal growth and character development. Tae Kwon Do is practical as an exercise system but it also works to sharpen your coordination, quicken your reflexes, improve your muscle tone, and increase your overall strength.
Tae kwon do is a sport that fits everyone. Tae Kwon Do aims at the harmonious improvement of body and mind as well as physical exercise using dynamic and balanced hand and foot movements. This helps make the practitioner healthy and humane. Tae Kwon Do is a peace-oriented sport that emphasizes the importance of fair play. Tae Kwon Do has grown as an international sport. It is already on the agenda for most international and continental multi-sport games, including Pan American, Asian, All African, and South American Games. It was twice staged as a demonstration sport of the Olympic games both in Seoul Olympic and Barcelona Olympic Games. In Tae Kwon Do demonstrations performed during the opening ceremonies of Asian Games and Olympic Games as many as 1,000 players showed the world the beautiful, sharp, and powerful movements of Tae Kwon do in it’s strictest manner. Tae Kwon Do is now an official Olympic Sport starting in the Year 2000 in Australia.
Tae Kwon Do consists of Poomse, Gyoroogi and Breaking. Poomse is a series of basic Tae Kwon Do movements or techniques. Gyoroogi is Tae Kwon Do’s sparring system based on techniques learned during Poomse practice. Breaking techniques builds the student’s self-confidence. The practice of Tae Kwon Do accompanied with the knowledge of philosophical principles nested in its techniques and Tae Kwon Do’s consistent emphasis on propriety leads to an active and broad-minded attitude to life in general.
The popularity of Tae Kwon Do as a sport is proven by the global Tae Kwon Do population estimated at 30 million participants in over 140 nations. Tae Kwon Do is an excellent game sport and is becoming one of the major international sports complete with scientific rules and computerized equipment for competition.