Martial arts are a set of athletic activities developed for many reasons including self-defense; law enforcement and military applications; competitions; sports and fitness; and the preservation of a country’s rich intangible cultural heritage. They have been practiced by the Chinese for ages and were introduced to Europe by the Chinese martial arts master Longquan who was popularized by Bruce Lee. Today there are many martial arts schools and martial arts instructors throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. However, martial arts are not just practiced by males, as females too are active participants in martial arts and are growing in popularity.
Taekwondo is one martial arts discipline that is practiced both by men and women. It differs from other martial arts disciplines in that the focus is on flexibility rather than strength. Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts style that is closely related to Jeet Kune Do but is more combative and less free-flowing. Many martial arts teachers believe that the founder of Taekwondo, Cho Sui, purposely designed the discipline to work more for the protection of its students and to be more effective at striking without inflicting as much damage as possible.
Taekwondo is also closely related to various other martial arts such as boxing and wrestling. In addition, taekwondo is an excellent martial arts exercise program for those that wish to improve their cardiovascular fitness. Taekwondo is popular among women for the fact that the techniques are very challenging and require the fighter to work on their balance and flexibility, something that is very important for women. Also, it is very physically demanding and requires the fighter to engage in energetic sparring and rigorous warm-ups prior to actual combat. Taekwondo classes can be found all over the world, with larger cities having classes and smaller cities having them available at gyms and community centers.
Taekwondo is very different from most martial arts, in that it is a combat sport where the emphasis is on grappling, not throwing the opponent. Most martial arts, in addition to the various strikes and throws, also stress the conditioning of the mind, which is why martial arts such as judo are so popular. Taekwondo is different because there is an emphasis on power over technique, which allows the martial artist to use their physical strength to incapacitate their opponent while using their mind to cleverly work out a defense strategy or come up with a new technique to apply in an attack.
The concept of Taekwondo is built around the idea of fighting by making strikes with the feet and legs, although some martial arts do allow the use of other weapons and other martial arts tools. Some martial arts are built around power instead of technique, which include many street-fighting styles such as street fighting with mitts and gloves, or karate with the punching bag. Most practitioners of martial arts, however, prefer to focus on skill over strength when it comes to the actual fighting of a match. They may use a mitt that allows them to cause more damage with the strikes made, but they usually rely on strength and agility to win.
Most martial arts techniques are designed to immobilize their opponents and keep them from doing any damage, although some techniques allow striking with the legs and arms. The use of weapons is not allowed in most martial arts, although some styles allow the use of certain weapons such as a taekwondo sword, which is used as a form of weaponry, or jojoba palms, which are the traditional weapons of some indigenous tribes. Most martial arts schools teach strikes with the feet or legs and teach endurance skills to improve the power of their strikes. They usually do not include kicks or grappling moves, although some styles, such as Thai boxing and judo, do include these techniques. Martial arts, in general, have a high emphasis on skill over strength, and the ability to adapt and overcome a situation in which an opponent may be stronger than you is one of the many strengths that you can build up through practice.