taekwondo — Speed. Flexibility.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art meaning "the art of hand and foot" and is a combination of combat technique, self-defense, sport, exercise, entertainment, and philosophy. The art emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, using the leg's greater reach and power to disable the opponent from a distance. Taekwondo is famed for its employment of kicking techniques, which distinguishes it from martial arts such as Karate. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to strike without retaliation.
What You Will Learn
The style of Taekwondo taught at Martial Arts of Tucson is that of the World Taekwondo Federation. The martial art forms and self defense aspects conform to the WTF, as does our unique sport program. The sport of Taekwondo is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and featured in the Summer Olympic Games. Our sport Taekwondo program is the only such program in Tucson sanctioned by USA Taekwondo and the United States Olympic Committee.
Taekwondo has no age limits: if a child is old enough to learn in school, they are old enough to learn the martial art and the sport. They learn to react fast, learn to respect others, learn the need for discipline, and learn self control. In the sport, special competition rules apply for safety, with added rules protecting children. Full protective gear is always used before any contact is allowed.
Taekwondo as a sport and exercise is popular with people of both sexes and of many ages. Physically, Taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one's strength.