The Benefits of Taekwon-do
What is Taekwondo?
One can not simplify the meaning of Taekwondo, but to put it in its most basic form, Taekwondo originated in Korea and is the art of kicking and punching. Taekwondo is a version of unarmed combat designed for self-defense, but it is also more than that. It is the scientific and ultimate use of the body gained through intensive physical and mental training.
Taekwondo was designed on the fundamentals of kinetic and potential energy due to velocity and gravity respectively. Applying these principles together and correctly along with the theory of power this martial art creates unequal power and technique.
Though Taekwondo is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the fundamentals for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude and humility. It is the mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist content with mastering only the fighting aspects. This is one of the reasons that Taekwondo is called an art of self-defense. It also implies a way of life, particularly in instilling a concept of self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral rearmament.
Through devoted training one can gradually attain mental fitness. By practicing and repeating each step to perfection, we become more patient. Self-confidence is attained through the power of one’s body and the knowledge of how to use it at any place and in any situation. Sparring helps us build humility, courage, alertness, and accuracy and develops self-control. By doing patterns, we increase our flexibility, grace, balance and co-ordination. Through discipline and interaction with others, we learn co-operation and mutual respect. Prejudices are not welcome and we soon learn that racial barriers only stand in the way of our training.
There are many physical benefits for a person who practices Taekwondo. Along with developing a healthier, leaner and more flexible body, we also increase endurance through a typical training regime. The health-related effects of training are numerous. Taekwondo training:
- Helps to release stress and enhances concentration
- Builds strength, agility and flexibility
- Helps the lungs to operate more efficiently
- Conditions the heart
- Enlarges the blood vessels and lowers the diastolic blood pressure
- Increases blood supply to all parts of the body
- Creates healthier body tissue by supplying it with more oxygen
- Promotes better sleep and waste elimination