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What Is Taekwondo 75069?
Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, was developed in the years following WWII. It was inspired by ancient Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditions and fighting styles.
Like Karate, Tae Kwon Do puts a strong emphasis on agility, respect, and perseverance. Both hope to instill tenets like honor, humility, loyalty, strength, self-discipline, good citizenship, and self-discipline in their athletes.
How Is Karate Different?
At the surface level, Taekwondo and Karate are fairly similar martial arts. Both use dojos, have similar uniforms, and practice form and sparring type drills. However, even these similar elements have their key differences.
Like Taekwondo, Karate can be divided into three skill sets that build upon each other. In Japanese, these three skill sets are known as Kihon or basics, Kata or forms, and Kumite or sparring.
When learning Kihon, individual techniques are learned and practiced. Katas put those individual techniques into a pre-determined set of movements meant to encourage flow between techniques used.
And finally, practicing Kumite allows a Karate student the opportunity to apply the skills and techniques they have learned in a practical but controlled environment.
Despite their many similarities, Karate differs from Taekwondo in two very important ways.
Firstly, Karate is a Japanese martial art rather than Korean. It was developed on the island of Okinawa and is inspired solely by Japanese traditions and fighting styles. This is most evident in how the name itself represents the element making this martial art unique. “Karate” translates from Japanese to mean “empty hand.”
This name reflects two key elements of the martial art as a whole. Firstly, there is a strong emphasis on open-handed striking techniques like the world-famous karate chop. This differs from Taekwondo and its focus on powerful kicking techniques.
Secondly, martial artists who practice Karate, do not typically use weapons – they fight empty-handed. This differs from Taekwondo again as many Taekwondo athletes learn to use one or more weapons such as katanas, bo staffs, fans, and kamas.
Sparring and Points
Sparring or Kumite is the practical application of techniques against a live opponent. This is one practice that greatly differs between Taekwondo and Karate.
In either martial art, protective sparring gear is worn, matches last 2 minutes, and points are earned for striking legal target areas on your opponent’s body. However, the legal target areas and several rules differ greatly between the two martial arts.
For example, in Karate, a match will be stopped early if one opponent gains a 7 point lead known as a 7 point spread. In a Taekwondo match, the match will only be stopped if a 12 point spread is reached.
Another key difference is that in Karate, the entire head and face is considered a legal target area, while in Taekwondo, the back of the head and the face are considered illegal target areas.
The largest difference, however, is the concept of controlled contact in Karate. Karate athletes do not compete at full power. They pull their strikes to firmly tap their opponent in a controlled fashion instead of delivering full blows. This is a large part of why the legal target areas are different between the two martial arts.
Other than similar sparring gear, much of the equipment used is similar between these two martial arts. Common equipment types include target paddles, padded shields, standing punching bags, plastic boards of various difficulties, and wooden boards up to several inches thick.
Benefits Of Karate
There are several benefits to regularly participating in our Karate classes, including improved:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Cardiovascular Health
- Physical Strength
Things You Might Learn
All of our classes are taught by local self-defense experts. You will learn real-world self-defense skills while mastering techniques that build upon each other and allow you to pursue more demanding techniques as you advance in rank and skill.
One of the first things you will learn is how to form a safe and effective fist. From there, you will learn how to properly use that fist in a variety of techniques, from a simple punch or block to more complex techniques such as hook punches and hammer fists.
As you advance in skill and rank, these techniques will become more challenging. For example, the simple front kick or side kick you learn at a lower rank will help you master jumping and spinning kicks later down the line. These specialty kicks help apply more power to your technique and will help you earn more points in sparring matches.
Other Classes We Offer
Kickboxing is a type of mixed martial art drawing inspiration from Karate, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and many other martial arts. What makes it unique is its reliance on hands and feet as the sole points of contact allowed.
If you are looking for high-intensity classes to take either alongside your Karate class or instead of, we offer Kickboxing classes!
Kickboxing is known for its full-body high-intensity interval training workouts. These workouts burn calories like crazy! Get in better shape and literally add power to your punches or kicks with our Kickboxing classes! They are a great way to get some extra practice after taking a few Self Defense or Karate classes. You can build up your strength, stamina, and speed quickly with Kickboxing!
We offer programs for students as young as 4 years old. Call and ask about enrollment in our Anti-Bullying Education Program! We are open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday – Thursdays, from 2 – 7 pm Fridays, and 9 am to 1:30 pm Saturdays. Call and ask about our more detailed class schedule!
If you are searching for Taekwondo 75069, our Karate and Kickboxing classes are the right classes for you!
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