Taekwondo

Posted By PeterSoto On Thursday, July 18th, 2019 With 0 Comments

Taekwondo Front Kick

Taekwondo is currently one of the most practiced martial arts in the word, it is an Olympic sport where many practitioners from all over the world compete for gold in the Olympics.

What does Taekwondo mean?

Its name derives from the Korean meanings “tae”, which means foot and “kwon”, which means fist and lastly “Do” means the way of. Taekwondo, the way of the foot and fist.

While I was in College I had the opportunity to learn Taekwondo WTF and ITF, I also had the chance to compete in several tournaments.  Here is a list of everything I have learned from the Taekwondo schools in South America and in the state of Florida, also I have added some organized techniques and articles to offer this free resource compilation to anyone who is looking for more knowledge about Taekwondo.

Taekwondo Ranks

  1. White belt: (8th gup)
  2. Yellow belt: (7th gup)
  3. Orange belt: (6th gup)
  4. Green belt: (5th gup)
  5. Blue Belt: (4th gup)
  6. Purple Belt: (3th gup)
  7. Red Belt: (2nd gup)
  8. Brown Belt: (1th gup)
  9. Black belt

These are the traditional Taekwondo ranks, depending on the school, association, lineage and branch organization can also be found intermediate ranks where instructors use stripes in each belt to differentiate the student’s level of learning.

What is the difference between WTF and ITF Taekwondo?

Thetwo largest Taekwondo associations are the International Taekwondo Federation and the World Taekwondo Federation. Each of these associations has a different uniform and can also have a different ranks system. The WTF is well known for its constant participation in the Olympics.

Taekwondo Techniques

These are the techniques you will find in this martial art, these are divided into groups to study them better.

Is Taekwondo good for self defense?

Taekwondo is a martial art with a lot of discipline, it has very good kicking techniques and very interesting forms. It has a very strong and effective training system when kicking. But if we consider using it against a strangulation attack, against a firearm, against two people, chokes and holds; then it would not provide the desired outcome. Taekwondo is wonderful to get started in Martial Arts but a complementary art is recommended to fill in those missing aspects of self defense.

How long does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo ?

Taekwondo training requires a lot of flexibility, coordination and dedication; all this takes time besides all the material the student has to learn. The time to achieve the degree of black belt will depend on the requirements of the association and the school of Taekwondo, in most cases the period goes between 3 to 4 years if the student trains and competes constantly.

What equipment do you need for taekwondo?

Every martial art requires special equipment for its practice, not having it can cause a practitioner to get injured; that is why it is necessary for each practitioner to invest in their own equipment for safe practice.

For Taekwondo you need a complete set of combat equipment. You will need a Hogu (body protector), a helmet, shin pads, arm pads, elbow, pad, a mouth guard, groin guard, foot pads, and gloves.

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