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Taekwondo: For Protection and Sport

Updated on March 11, 2016

Karate Teaches Discipline and Self Defense

Karate teaches respect and discipline and it also helps you get in and stay in great shape. Not to mention you can learn how to defend yourself at an early age.
Karate teaches respect and discipline and it also helps you get in and stay in great shape. Not to mention you can learn how to defend yourself at an early age.
Always do stretch exercises before performing karate. It will help you to get full extension on kicks and punches during competition and it will also help you avoid injuries.
Always do stretch exercises before performing karate. It will help you to get full extension on kicks and punches during competition and it will also help you avoid injuries.

Stretching and Warming Up

In Taekwondo stretching is the first thing that you do at the the karate school each visit that your there. Also, You should stretch and break a sweat and get warmed up before doing any sport or exercise to prevent pulling or tearing any muscles.

I can not stress enough the importance of stretching every morning and before any exercise. Learning to control your breathing is a big technique used in Korean Karate. Always take your time stretching and make sure to warm up Nd break a sweat by doing push ups, jumping jacks or a jump rope. Stretching will help you to get full extension on higher kicks.

Learning The Basics

Stance: Learning the basic stance is important so that you are always on balance. Always maintain eye contact with an adversary.

Basic Defense: Right away It is vital to at least learn the basic defense. Keeping your guard up and keeping it tight, stay focused, and keeping your eyes on the opponent at all times.

Punches: The jab and strait right are the first two basic punches. In Taekwondo punches are used for setting up kicks and for defensive maneuvers as much as for contact.

Kicks: Front kicks and side kicks are taught very early on in Taekwondo. Taekwondo teaches many kick variations especially high kicks and jump kicks.

Breaking Boards: This course of action is used during testing periods for advancement.

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Taekwondo For Protection

Taekwondo is a great thing to learn in order to defend yourself. Some people do it for sport and the fun of it especially young kids. It helps to teach a child discipline as well as respect.

Taekwondo was started in the early 1940's in Korea. It teaches combat and self defense. Anyone wanting to use Taekwondo just to hurt someone should avoid taking it. Take this discipline for sport and for protection purposes only. Always try to defuse a situation before it gets out of hand with non violence whenever possible.

Combat is sometimes unavoidable and if this occurs Taekwondo can teach you advanced takedowns by sweeping the legs or with high kicks. Taekwondo teaches kicking high and low on the move giving the opponent shifting angles at all times.,

Traditional Forms

Jonathan Marshall Jr. at 9 years old won the Regional Taekwondo Championships for Traditional forms. He trains out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and he is now a 12 year old black belt.
Jonathan Marshall Jr. at 9 years old won the Regional Taekwondo Championships for Traditional forms. He trains out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and he is now a 12 year old black belt. | Source

Mixed Martial Arts Career

A career in MMA can be very lucrative but it can also be very dangerous. It takes years of practice to perfect kicks, punches and defensive maneuvers in Taekwondo. It can be very effective when being attacked in the streets as a self defense tool. But Taekwondo can be converted into a career with the UFC as long as your willing to learn the craft and put in the long hours and hard training required to compete at the top level. Taekwondo teaches much more than kicks, punches and blocks. On the advanced levels you learn take downs, Throws and submission holds. Great prerequisites for a career in the UFC. Below is the colors of the belts in order as you advance through the rankings. It's important to learn all the skills of this Marial Art before attempting to compete.

1. White Belt- White signifies a new birth, innocence and a beginning of a seed being planted.

2. Yellow Belt- Yellow shows that sun is shining on the planted seed.

3. Green Belt- Green is the seed sprouting out and reaching towards the sun.

4. Blue Belt- Blue is for the sky that the growing plant is aiming towards.

5. Brown Belt- The tree or plant is firmly rooted into the ground now.

6. Black Belt- A fully grown tree with all the strength needed.

7. Black Belt: White Stripe (First Dan) Once you have reached the level of Dan then you have truly become an exceptional Taekwondo master.

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Red Belt Certificate

Jonathan Marshall, Jr. advanced to a red belt and was awarded this certificate as well as a red belt. He has since gained his black belt.
Jonathan Marshall, Jr. advanced to a red belt and was awarded this certificate as well as a red belt. He has since gained his black belt. | Source

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A Brief Summary of Taekwondo

This Martial Art originated in South Korea and it teaches one on one combat and self defense. It was officially named and defined as a sport and a self defense technique in 1952. It focuses on high kicks and spinning kicks and as you warn different degree's represented by the belt color on the gee. Taekwondo was developed by using elements of Judo, Karate and Kendo. During the Korean War Taekwondo took off to a while new level and it is now practiced worldwide.

In 2000 the Olympic Committee voted to include Taekwondo as an official Olympic sport and it has been widely successful ever since it's inception.

Taekwondo was formed by the original nine Kwans who worked together.

Origination of Taekwondo

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Mixed Martial Arts can be dangerous if not properly mastered. On the other hand it is a great way to learn respect, discipline, exercise and it is also a marvelous sport.
Mixed Martial Arts can be dangerous if not properly mastered. On the other hand it is a great way to learn respect, discipline, exercise and it is also a marvelous sport. | Source

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