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General Information

“Taekwondo” translates to “the way of kicking and punching” and teaches those who practice to better their balance and coordination. Taekwondo was developed over 20 centuries ago in Korea, and is now practiced worldwide. Taekwondo is one of very few martial arts that can be practiced life-long and is also the only martial art that is considered to be an Olympic sport. It is both physically and mentally engaging and helps not only to improve fitness, but improves self-confidence and teaches respect. Mind, body, and spirit are all incorporated into the study of taekwondo and help those who practice it to balance themselves physically, emotionally and mentally. At Cunningham Taekwondo both Olympic and Traditional defensive styles of taekwondo will be offered.

An individual’s inner power (Nerkin Ouj) is the positive energy every member brings to the DoJang. Through the classes and lessons Nerkin Ouj is drawn out of each student to help produce a positive atmosphere that encourages all members to grow, and helps develop a positive and supportive environment for all members of all ages and physical abilities. Although taekwondo is a self-defense technique it is stressed that taekwondo only be used in unavoidable, violent confrontation, and that finding a non-violent solution to solve any problem should be a person’s first reaction. Students who return on a regular basis will start to become more in tune with their environment and the people around them, and will begin to develop a stronger sense of self-worth and self-control in only a few short weeks of beginning to practice.
History of Taekwondo

The art of Taekwondo originated in Korea over 2000 years ago and was founded by General Choi Hong Hi. Taekwondo’s first international debut was in the 1988 Olympic Games and in year 2000 became a medal event in the Olympics. Taekwondo has become the most recognized and practiced martial art world-wide, with over 30 million practitioners from over 120 countries. Taekwondo has kept up with the times by improving its curriculum to meet today’s health and exercise standards but, has also remained true to the ethics associated with martial arts. Respect, perseverance, determination, and lawful abidance are all values that taekwondo promotes. The balance of mind and body have turned taekwondo into more than just a martial art, but a way of life, helping those who practice it to find balance in their lives.
Traditional Taekwondo

Traditional Taekwondo is a combination of components from Taekyyeon and Karate, and was first recognized and named in the 1950’s. ITF adds emphasis on sine wave. Traditional style Taekwondo encourages the use of punches as well as kicks. Hands are kept up to defend and attack. During sparing matches more control is used and only light contact is intended.
Olympian Taekwondo

In the 1950’s Taekwondo was introduced in the United States. After being introduced and practiced for a short time, instructors began to develop the WTF style of taekwondo. Instructors practicing taekwondo began to unify to have taekwondo become an Olympic sport, and taekwondo was admitted to the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) in 1974. Under the National AAU Taekwondo Union, and under the guidelines of the WTF Form, taekwondo rapidly grew as a competitive sport. Olympic style Taekwondo incorporates kicking more than the use of punches and hands are kept held down. During sparing matches opponents are intended to apply power to their hits rather than apply lighter contact.