There is no ‘one size fits all’ martial art. It is great to learn something from a variety of styles, but at the end of the day you should choose a style that really fits your fighting skills, talents and that you will enjoy practicing day in and day out for the rest of your life. Something you can really master and excel at. So how do you know which martial art is best for you?
Tae Kwon Do is probably one of the most well known and widely practiced
martial arts throughout the world, which is actually surprising considering it originates from the tiny country of Korea. Tae Kwon Do is best known for it’s spectacular kicks, board breaking feats and complex and impressive form patterns. These forms are not only great for getting in shape but are also used in inspiring demonstrations and competitions. Tae Kwon Do form competitions are held on regional, national and international levels. Pretty much anyone can learn Tae Kwon Do forms with the right level of dedication and good instruction. However truly mastering these forms and impressing the judges enough to stand out and win a trophy is an art. Check out the following tips for making sure you come out a winner at the next event! These can basically be broken down into 3 categories:
I am sure many of you instructors are aware of this drill in your Taekwondo training. It is always good to teach the students to keep their head on a swivel and know that a strike can come from anywhere. This video is a great demonstration of it. It also shows the instructor breaking boards at the end of the video along with some cool Taekwondo Uniforms!
If you have attended a martial arts class whether it was Karate, Tae Kwon Do, or Kung Fu as had to practice a form or Kata. A form or Kata is a system or series of moves and techniques that are done in a specific order. Most students start martial arts anticipating to learn how to fight.
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What’s the Point of Katas or Forms in the Martial Arts?
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Taekwondo’s origins date back to the 2,000 years when it was created as a way of unarmed combat.It wasn’t until 1955 when Choi Hong Hi helped to modernize the art making it both a self defense and a sport.The unique feature of Taekwondo as compared to Karate, Judo, or Kung Fu is that is focuses on attacking the opponent with kicks.In 2008 it is estimated that there are over 50 million practitioners of Taekwondo.It also received a boost by the Olympics when it was added to the games in 2000.
Mixed martial arts, or MMA, is an extreme contact sport that began in 1993 with the introduction of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. MMA incorporates fighting techniques of a variety of martial arts forms, including taekwondo, judo, and karate. The original Ultimate Fighting Championship was an “anything goes” type of competition, with few rules and little regard for the competitors’ safety. The beginning years of mixed martial arts competition was considered to be brutal by many, but rules and regulations for the sport have evolved over the years. Even with the additional rules for competition, MMA is still an intense sport that requires immense strength and fierce training.