Meaning Simply put, Taekwondo means "The art of Kicking and punching" Tae=to jump, kick, or smash with the foot. Kwon= to punch or destroy with the fist or hand. Do= method, way, or art.
History Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, grew out of influences from many martial arts styles including Japanese karate. Many Korean soldiers were trained in traditional Japanese karate during WWII and brought the style home after the war. For some time, after WWII there was no unified martial arts style, but by 1957, Taekwondo was a unified style with a unified name. Now there are several governing bodies that oversee teaching standards within the art. Golden Tiger Taekwondo holds to the World Taekwondo Federation standards. Benefits
Physical Benefits Mental Benefits * Improved cardiovascular fitness * Increased self confidence * Increased endurance and strength * Improved self discipline * Improved speed and reflexes * Increased respect for self and others * Improved balance * Improved leadership skills * Acquired effective techniques for self defense. * Improved ability to work as a team * Increased perseverance and goal achievement