Tae Kwon Do

USTA Tae Kwon Do classTae Kwon Do is the Korean art and science of self-defense and physical fitness. It is considered the most modern of existing self-defense arts. In addition to being a martial art, Tae Kwon Do is also recognized as one of the most effective methods for improving health, physical fitness, weight control, flexibility, balance, agility and poise.

Translated from Korean, "Tae" literally means foot, "Kwon" a fist, and "Do" the way. Taken collectively, Tae Kwon Do comprises an unarmed combat for self-defense utilizing the skilled application of punches, strikes, kicks and blocks with the hands and feet. All of the basic movements in this art of self-defense are intended to strengthen and coordinate each part of the body, so that every hand and foot technique has incredible power and speed. Tae Kwon Do is intended to protect one from attack by an enemy and help gain immunity to physical and mental illness. Anyone learning this art from a qualified instructor gains the peace of mind which all people seek.

Tae Kwon Do is an exact system of symmetrical exercises designed for unarmed self-defense and counter-attack. The significance of this definition, however, is only physical and superficial, for Tae Kwon Do means, more importantly, a way of life. Self-control, kindness and humility must accompany physical strength and skill. Tae Kwon Do training instills the desire to handle confrontation without violence except when the safety of oneself or others in ones care is in jeopardy. When physical contact is unavoidable, Tae Kwon Do training assures the safety of the student while minimizing injury to the attacker.