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What is Taekwondo?

Freely translated, Taekwondo means ‘the art of kicking and punching.’  Literally it means:

Tae   Pushing, jumping, or striking with the foot
Kwon   Hitting or striking with fist or hand
Do   The way, the story, the art
Korean Characters for Taekwondo

Korean Characters for Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a form of unarmed self-defence which uses both hands and feet to evade or deflect an opponents attack or to stage a quick counter attack.  In addition to being a martial art, Taekwondo is also an Olympic sport.  Types of competition include patterns, one-step, sparring, technical breaking, and power breaking and start with kids as young as five right through to veterans divisions.