Taekwondo, the “art of the foot and the fist,” is the world’s most popular martial art and has been an Olympic event since 2000. Taekwondo is known for its emphasis on kicking techniques, which distinguishes it from other martial arts such as Karate or the southern styles of Kung Fu. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has and thus kicks have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation. (This fact merely clarifies an advantage of Taekwondo over other martial arts; it should not be taken as a statement that Taekwondo is better than these other forms.)
Taekwondo as a martial art is popular with people of both genders and all ages. Taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of wooden boards, which requires both the physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to fully focus one’s power.
The Korean system of Taekwondo utilized at the R.E.A.D.Y. Academy assures the traceability and validity of R.E.A.D.Y.’s programming and certifications. This unique and comprehensive system brings a wide range of benefits to the student. Taekwondo is the national sport in the Republic of Korea and enjoys widespread popularity there.