Taekwondo The Sport of Body and Mind

By: Samar Yahya

Taekwondo the old Korean martial art and a modern International Olympic sport is a stand-up or striking style of martial arts that offers a supreme focus on kicking techniques, head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks.

Taekwondo is practiced in more than 207 countries with over 80 million people around the world. In Saudi Arabia there are over 5,000 Saudis are registered as students of taekwondo.

Taekwondo is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements.

The name is derived from the Korean words Tae (meaning “foot”), Kwon (meaning “fist”), and Do (meaning “way of” or discipline). Thus, the whole word Taekwondo means “the way or the art of kicking and punching”.

Benefits of Taekwondo

Strengthens your mind and body: through increased physical coordination and mental discipline.

Builds confidence: It encourages player to succeed.

Develops discipline: The systematic training of body and mind in Taekwondo helps in developing discipline.

Self-defense: It teaches how to control situations in which physical self-defense may be necessary.

So, practising Taekwondo helps to develop not only self-defense skills, but also mind of trainees.

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