Taekwondo, also know as Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, Tae Kwon-Do, Taekwon-Do and Tae-Kwon-Do is a popular and effective martial arts style. Regardless of the spelling, the translation of this martial arts form is ‘kicking, punching and the art or way of.’ Taekwondo classes teach the art of self-defense with a focus on learning kicking and punching techniques.
Learn Taekwondo at Sandoval Freestyle Karate
Are you, your spouse, or your child interested in taking Taekwondo classes? Do you want to learn Taekwondo for self-defense, as a sport or hobby, or to get in shape? If so, contact Sandoval Freestyle Karate to learn how Taekwondo skills and techniques are incorporated into our martial arts classes in Tempe & Gilbert.
Our freestyle karate classes combine the most effective teachings from Taekwondo and other martial arts forms, to help every student gain confidence, learn self-defense and achieve their personal goals. Get started learning Taekwondo by signing up for your 1 month of free classes today. We have two martial arts academies in the east valley to better serve you.
What is Taekwondo?
Recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts, Taekwondo is an effective way to learn self-defense and how to counterattack an opponent using your feet and hands, without weapons. It is one of the most popular and well-known martial arts forms in the world and has been around for thousands of years. Taekwondo teaches more than fighting skills; it aims to enhance a practitioners spirit and teach a way of thought and life.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that has gained worldwide popularity for its dynamic kicks and explosive techniques. It is best known for an emphasis on kicking. Practitioners train to develop strength, speed, and flexibility in their legs, allowing them to execute a variety of powerful and precise kicks.
Taekwondo students learn various kicks that can be delivered while standing, jumping, or spinning. Taekwondo is a very effective martial arts form, which is a major reason for it’s popularity. Although we teach students how to de-escalate conflicts and avoid fighting, they can strike an opponent’s body, legs, or head if they must.
Students and practitioners of Taekwondo develop various skills useful for self-defense and competitions. In addition to kicking, Taekwondo also involves hand strikes, blocks, joint locks, and throws. Students of Taekwondo learn numerous forms that help develop balance, coordination, and focus.
Taekwondo is About More than Fitness & Fighting
Taekwondo is not just about physical fitness, fighting, and competitions. It is also a discipline that emphasizes mental and emotional development. Our instructors work with students to cultivate a strong sense of respect, discipline, and perseverance.
At Sandoval Freestyle Karate, we want our students to apply these qualities to all aspects of their lives. We work with students to build confidence, improve focus, reduce stress, and develop a positive attitude.
Taekwondo is one of many martial arts we use to achieve optimal results in preparing students for life’s many challenges. It is an important part of our program; our students learn a lot of Taekwondo as they progress through our belt program.
What is Competitive Taekwondo?
Competitive Taekwondo involves sparring or fighting with an opponent. As our students learn and improve, they will spar with other students and instructors at their Tempe or Gilbert studio. Although we may recommend and encourage students to compete, they are not required to compete in Taekwondo competitions.
If you or your child are interested in competitive Taekwondo, there are several competition opportunities each year. Our instructors are state, national and global competitors and can help prepare students for competitions.
If you or your child want to compete, let us know. We can talk with you about the different Taekwondo competitions, discuss any prerequesites, and help prepare you or your loved one for competitions.
Matches are divided into weight classes against opponents with similar skill-sets. Competitions are scored based on the number of points scored by each competitor. Competitors get points when they land kicks or punches on specific target areas of a competitor’s body. If a competitor fouls their opponent, they may receive a penalty.
Taekwondo and the Olympics
Taekwondo has been an official sport in the Olympic Games since 2000, and was an Olympics demonstration sport for the first time during the Seoul 1988 Olympic games. This exposure has helped Taekwondo become one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Its focus on kicking techniques and dynamic movements makes it an exciting and challenging sport to practice.
Wrapping Things Up
Taekwondo offers many physical and mental benefits. At the same time, its emphasis on discipline and respect can help develop essential life skills. Whether you are interested in self-defense, competition, or personal growth, Taekwondo is a martial art that can offer something for everyone.
Children can start as young as four; if you’re an adult, you are never too old to begin learning. Contact Sandoval Freestyle Karate today to schedule your first training class.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to my first Taekwondo class?
Wear something comfortable and appropriate for athletics. Most students wear shorts and a t-shirt or sweatpants and a t-shirt. You will remove your socks and shoes before class.
What are some of the benefits of practicing Taekwondo?
Taekwondo can help develop strength, speed, and flexibility and improve balance, coordination, and focus. It can also build confidence, reduce stress, and promote a positive attitude. Additionally, it can help you defend yourself.
Is Taekwondo only for people who want to compete?
No, anyone can practice Taekwondo, regardless of whether they are interested in competition. Many people practice Taekwondo for self-defense, fitness, and personal growth rather than for competitions.
Is Taekwondo a safe sport to practice?
It is relatively safe to practice and train. Like any physical activity, there is some risk of injury in Taekwondo, particularly during sparring. However, proper training, protective gear, and following safety rules can help mitigate risks.
How long does it take to become proficient in Taekwondo?
A person’s commitment to training is usually essential to becoming proficient, so the answer differs for most individuals. Still, it generally takes several years of regular practice to become skilled in Taekwondo.
Can children practice Taekwondo?
Yes, people of all ages, including children, can practice and learn Taekwondo. Many schools offer programs specifically for children that emphasize discipline, respect, and fun. Our Little Dragon’s class for 4 to 6-year-old children is perfect for kids.