Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art that is known for its emphasis on fast, powerful, kicking techniques which distinguishes it from other martial arts. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation.
Taekwondo combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and the unification of mind, body & spirit. Over 60 million people worldwide practice Taekwondo and it has been an Olympic event since 2000.
The literal translation of taekwondo is ‘The way of the foot and the fist’, as tae means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with fist”; and do means “way”, “method”, or “path”.