Techniques

As a student in the club you will derive many benefits from your training both mentally and physically. Physically, Tae Kwon Do will help you control your weight, tone your body, and improve your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Your body will have more energy, and your physical strength, flexibility and coordination will improve as well.

Tae Kwon Do will also help you maintain good mental health by giving you a positive way of releasing everyday stress and tension. You can release some of that pent up hostility and frustration in a morally acceptable and productive manner. The end result is a healthier mind along with a healthier body.

The art combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. Although there are various styles, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg's greater reach and power (compared to the arm).

The training generally includes a system of punches, kicks, blocks, and open-handed strikes and may also include a system of sweeps, throws, and joint locks.

Safety becomes the main priority in every practices. The legs are the most common location for injuries, and bruising is the most common injury type. Such that injuries may occur if students are taught to block punches in a formal manner even when sparring. It is difficult to block a block when comparing the speed of a punch and the reaction time and time taken to block effectively. Therefore, Tae Kwon Do teaches students blocking and dodging or parrying for sparring.

In Tae Kwon Do, Korean language words are often used to ignitiate a command. Below shows a list of common Korean words used in practices.

Romanization Hangeul Meaning
Cha-ryeot 차렷 Attention
Gyeong-rye 경례 Bow
Ba-ro 바로 Return
Shwi-uh 쉬어 At ease (relax)
Hyoo-shik 휴식 Rest period (break)
Gi-hap 기합 Yell (shout)
Jwoon-bi 준비 Ready
Shi-jak 시작 Begin (start)
Gal-lyeo 갈려 Break (separate)
Gyeh-sok 계속 Continue
Geu-man 그만 Finish (stop)
Dwiro-dora 뒤로 돌아 Turn around (180 degrees)
Hae-san 해산 Dismiss