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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art which was originated and developed over 20 centuries in Korea. Though rooted in the karate of Japan, particularly Okinawa, the powerful kicking slashing and spinning art of today bears little resemblance to the ground rooted reverse punching the techniques of the islands on which it originated. Despite its ancient roots in the form of Karate of Japan, modern taekwondo, over the past 50 years, has developed into a modern international sport. Taekwondo is a very important part of the physical conditioning as it creates spiritual balance through physical activity.

It was originated from the efforts to balance mind and body through harmony of power, actions and the need to control the mind. It combines combat and self-defence techniques with sport and exercise. Motivation is believed to originate from good health thus it is important to keep fit, and if motivation is lost it is usually due to a lack of physical conditioning. It is a sport that exercises the entire body including the vital organs thus giving the young person particularly students/kids/ladies a high level of motivation and high moral standards cannot be reached without a high level of fitness so a spiritual awakening cannot be had.

Similarity with Karate

The basic punches and kicks like Front Kick, Side kick & Reverse Kick & hand strikes of modern Taekwondo are mostly same as those used in Karate; the difference is only in their presentation. In Karate the vaunted reverse punch, front kick, side kick and reverse kick are devastating techniques when landed in Taekwondo. These techniques have been developed to defend the opponent’s speed and strength.