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Taekwondo. The Basics

Taekwondo (Korean 태권도/跆拳道) is a modern martial art, well known all around the world for it’s lightning fast, often high, spectacular spin kicks.
Taekwondo has been around for many years, originally founded in Korea.
It translates to “the are of punching and kicking”, or the “art of unarmed combat”.

Taekwondo kick
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The four disciplines

The martial art Taekwondo has four disciplines – patters, self defense, break test, and sparring.
It isn’t just one of these disciplines that make up the art, but a combination of them.
All 4 of them are important, especially for those looking to advance in belt ranking.
To advance in a belt, there are certain tests that students need to pass.

One of the great things about Taekwondo is the fact that there are no age limits, and it can easily be learned by young children.
Children of all ages will quickly learn fast reactions playing games, learn respect, and they will also learn their abilities as well as their disabilities.

Competitions

The competitions however, are a bit different for children than they are for the adults.
Even though the participants will wear full body protection, children can only kick and punch to the body, as no shots to the head are allowed.
The competitions in Taekwondo is what makes the art so very dominating.
A majority of students that practice this martial art do so because of the competitions.

2019 WT Championships Manchester

The competitions can be very exciting to watch, as they can get very competitive.
Contrary to what many may think, the competitions aren’t deadly, nor are they anywhere close to being as dangerous as Muay Thai fights.
Competitors will wear full protection, including head gear. For adults, kicks to the head are allowed, although a majority of stylists can block them before they make impact.

In order to participate in the competitions, stylists will need to have a certain level of experience.
It can take years to become good enough, especially for those who win.
Competitions are a great way to learn, especially if there are participating fighters from other areas of the world.
The skill of a stylist is a very important factor with the competitions and tournaments.
If you have a black belt fighter going against a white belt – the results will normally be quite obvious.

All things aside, the art of Taekwondo is a great martial art.
Stylists can learn kicking, punching, blocking, and the spectacular movements the art is known for.
Taekwondo is practiced all around the world, meaning that there are just as many places to learn this art as there are Karate.
For an art that won’t disappoint – Taekwondo teaches self defense and a whole lot more.

The Belt Colors Of Taekwondo

The belts and their colors that are used with Taekwondo aren’t just a random assortment of colors that are used to separate the ranks in the martial art.
In Taekwondo, each belt color has a meaning that lets fighters known about their advancement and increasing knowledge.
Belts are also great for the stylist, as they let the stylist know just how far they have progressed.

The colors of the belts found in Taekwondo vary, as they represent the advancement of rank, as well as the growth of the student.
It can take a long time for students to move up the ranks, all depending on their knowledge and how quite they adapt to the techniques and forms of the art.

Below, are the colors and belts of Taekwondo, along with their meaning.

White belt

A white belt is the symbol of birth, or the beginning for the stylist.
Students that wear white belts are just starting out, searching for the knowledge to continue Taekwondo.

Yellow belt

A yellow belt is the first ray of light that shines on the student, giving them new strength to the Taekwondo martial art.
Students that have yellow belts have taken a great step in learning, and have opened their mind to new techniques.

Green belt

A green belt is the symbol of growth, or a seed as it sprouts from the ground and begins to grow into a plant.
Students with green belts are continuing along the path of Taekwondo, learning to develop further and redefine every technique they have been taught.

Blue belt

A blue belt represents a blue sky, with the plant continuing to grow upwards, heading for the sky.
Students with blue belts continue to move higher in ranks, as the plant continues to grow taller.
Students at this stage will also be given additional knowledge of Taekwondo so that their mind and body can continue to grow and develop.

Red belt

The red belt is the heat of the sun, with the plant continuing the path upwards toward the sun.
Students that possess red belts are higher in rank, as they have acquired a lot of the knowledge in the art of Taekwondo.
Red belts also tell the students to be cautious, as they gain more knowledge and their physical techniques increase.

Black belt

A black belt is the best of the best. It symbolizes the darkness that is out there beyond the light of the sun.
Once the student is given a black belt and begins to train other students, he will teach all that has been taught to him.
Black belts recognize the best students, as they continue to teach others the art of Taekwondo, and continue the never ending cycle of training.

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