The Real Meaning of Taekwondo

The Real Meaning of Taekwondo

What is Taekwondo? It would be easy to just say it is a Korean martial art, but it wouldn’t be no fair to simplify it at that level. Yes, Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, but there’s more to it. In this post, we want to present you with 3 main perspectives to help you deepen your understanding of this discipline.

Translated literally from Korean, Tae Kwon Do means “the way or discipline of foot and fist”. The first impression we get from this brings to our minds the fighting part, the punches, kicks and defense techniques that you learn when practicing Taekwondo.

Taekwondo Meaning


Physical Perspective

From this point of view, Taekwondo is the discipline that strengthens your body and takes your abilities to the next level, allowing you to be ready to react quickly in case of danger to protect you and others. This martial art conditions your body, improving your flexibility, quickness, agility, and strength. Most of the adults who have been practicing Taekwondo for a long time look younger and their bodies are in an optimal fitness state away from stress and negative tension.

Mental Perspective

There are great benefits to our brain when we exercise it. Traditional Taekwondo helps you keep your mind active, due to the constant learning and improving the techniques taught every class. This martial art demands huge amounts of concentration to achieve the coordinated movements required to achieve a good form. Taekwondo will keep you alert and it will also improve your creativity. This discipline will change your state in the first couple of classes.

Spiritual Perspective

Being a discipline, Taekwondo also works in developing your character. Regardless of your creed, this martial art will strengthen your spirit and values. One of the 5 tenets of Taekwondo is “Indomitable Spirit”, meaning a courageous and confident spirit with the will strength to overcome every obstacle in life, it means never giving up. Taekwondo is not just a sport, but it also is an art, and behind this art, there are great values that lay the foundation to develop a great warrior.

We hope to have broadened your understanding of Taekwondo with these 3 different aspects. Please feel free to reach out or comment if you have any question or anything else to add to this post. We want you to be part of our big community and family.



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