Taekwondo is a korean martial art meaning “the way of the feet and fist.” In Korean, derived from hanja, tae (?) means to destroy with the feet; kwon (?) means to strike or smash with the hand; and do (?) means “path”, “way” or “method”. Your studies include the philosophy of Taekwondo (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit), the art of Taekwondo (beautiful forms of movement) and for some, the sport of Taekwondo (competitive sparring highlighted by Taekwondo’s uniquely devastating kicks).
The art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, using the leg’s greater reach and power to disable the opponent from a distance. In sparring, turning, front, reverse turning and side kicks are often used, as well as the backfist and reverse punch; advanced kicks include jump, spin, sliding, and skip kicks, often in combination. Taekwondo training often includes a system of blocks, punches, open-handed strikes and may include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks, though it generally does not emphasize grappling.