Taekwondo is a Korean martial art which was developed during the 1940s. It is a mix of karate and Chinese martial arts with indigenous Korean martial arts traditions. Techniques incorporated in taekwondo are numerous such as jumping and spinning kicks, head-height kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Facilities and equipment used in taekwondo are usually a uniform often white in color with a belt around the waist. When starting learning taekwondo, one begins with basic forms such as kicking, punching, blocking, board breaking.
As with any other type of physical activity, taekwondo has a variety of benefits on one’s body and overall health condition. Some of them are flexibility, physical coordination, self-discipline, self-awareness, balance, etc.
Self- Esteem and Self-Discipline
When a person strengthens their mental and physical powers, enhanced self-esteem and greater self-discipline are inevitable. You learn how to respect others, and yourself and the self-discipline that comes along together with learning the taekwondo techniques is something that can come in handy in other aspects of your life. These characteristics can be of great help to children at an early age; they learn to focus on their goals and to work hard to achieve them.
Improvement of Overall Well-Being
Taekwondo helps strengthen and improve your body appearance. Easy stretching techniques together with breathing and concentration exercises are an excellent way to improve your reflexes and sharpen your senses. High energy levels, better concentration, flexibility, lower-body strength are some among many positive effects of taekwondo on one’s overall health and well-being.
Maybe one of the most important and desirable benefits of practicing this martial art is stress relief. Kicking or punching a bag or some target can be an ideal way of letting all the accumulated stress out of your body and mind. Setting your mind on and concentrating on achieving your goal can be exhausting, in the end, your mind is blank and capable of feeling nothing but happiness and joy. If you combine physical exhaustion and relaxation of your mind, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed!
Although Taekwondo is considered an individual sport, you train and practice with a group of people. In this way, you can meet and connect with different people who you don’t see on a daily basis. These people can help you and give you guidance and assistance whenever necessary, and you can always rely on them and vice versa. This kind of environment is an excellent way of building and developing social skills especially for those people who find it difficult to interact with others in other situations.
Contrary to common belief, there is a significant number of researchers which show that practicing a martial art helps people reduce aggression. The reason for this is not only the physical aspect of the training but also the meditation and lectures that are included in most learning processes. Other researchers show that Taekwondo helps reduce behavioral problems in children.