Taekwondo (Korean Karate) is an ancient Korean art of self-defense. Translated literally, Tae kwon do means "art of hand and foot fighting." This art is the ultimate in self defense and physical fitness for men and women of all ages.
Through the scientific use of the body in form and technique, Tae kwon do ultimately aims to develop the character of its participants. The practice of this art demands vigorous and persevering training; its rewards are self-confidence, physical fitness, mental alertness, leadership, patience and respect.
Unused potential becomes lost potential. As machine parts need oil to keep functioning smoothly, so muscles need exercise. Taekwondo builds and maintains muscle tone. Its insistence on mental alertness helps keep a sound mind in a sound body. Unwanted weight disappears, flabby muscles are firmed, and youthful resilience is achieved and maintained.
Fists turn into hammers, fingertips into sharp spearheads, the edges of the palm into knife blades, and the feet can have the effect of huge iron hammers. To create such effects, there are basic ways to turn the fist, hand, leg and foot into weapons and also actions to move such body weapons.
There are various forms to swiftly connect sequences of actions that move the weapons to the right and to the left, forward and backward, for both defense and attack.