Do you know what Taekwondo is? Do you know how Taekwondo benefits the practitioner? Do you know Taekwondo is also considered a sport and is an event in many major competitions? When these questions are asked, the majority of the people who answer do not know the correct answers or the complete answer. Although many people do not know much about Taekwondo, there are hundreds of thousands of people worldwide getting involved. Taekwondo is the world’s fastest growing martial art, with currently over fifty million practitioners and growing everyday. The majority of the practitioners who get involved do so to learn self-defense. Not only do the practitioners learn self-defense, but they also learn many helpful things and receive the benefits that Taekwondo has to offer. Also, Taekwondo has become a sporting event in many major sporting competitions. But mainly, Taekwondo provides people with sporting and self-defending ability and gives that person an edge in daily life, with its merits as a martial art sport of self-discipline.
First of all, Taekwondo teaches the practitioner self-defense, which can be used for a lifetime. Many of the self-defense techniques taught stimulate many real life situations so the person would know what to do when caught in a similar situation. Also, because not everything can be taught for all situations that arise, many basic techniques, rules, methods, and concepts are taught and emphasized. On the other hand, self-defense practice includes doing everyday drills, forms, and sparring. Self-defense training does not always have to be 100 percent self-defense training. Although, you really do not get instruction on self-defense when doing drills, forms, or sparring, those practices are just another way of learning self-defense and improving your skill of self-defense. Basically, all the instruction concepts, techniques, and rules of Taekwondo teach a person self defense in one way or another.
Second of all, Taekwondo is classified as a sport along as being a martial art. Because Taekwondo is classified as a sport, Taekwondo is sometimes referred to as a martial art sport. There are many reasons why Taekwondo has become a sport. A few reasons are because the popularity that Taekwondo has received is overwhelming, the organized athletic competition (similar to boxing), and the push to consider Taekwondo as a sporting event by many practitioners, masters, instructors, and officials of organizations worldwide. Many athletic competitions are starting to or already have included Taekwondo as an official event. Such competitions/games are the Olympic Games, Pan-American Games, Goodwill Games, Asian Games, and the World Military Games. Although people join Taekwondo to learn self-defense, they are also getting themselves involved in a international sport.
Finally, the benefits that person receives from learning Taekwondo will stay with that person for the rest of their lives. The benefits that the practitioner receives from Taekwondo are mental, physical, and philosophical. Mentally, a person improves concentration, focus, self-image, self-confidence, and self-discipline. All these benefits you receive mentally helps build inner strength, self-control, character, and a positive mental attitude. Physically, a person becomes stronger, quicker, flexible, physically fit, and learn self-defending ability. And philosophically, a person will create, set, and strive to meet goals, increase respect and honor, and develop social relationships. The benefits that a Taekwondo practitioner receives from Taekwondo gives that person an edge in their daily life and assists the person with everyday tasks.
In conclusion, getting involved in Taekwondo is a lifetime investment. The people involved in Taekwondo learn self-defense, become involved in a sport, and gains the mental, physical, and philosophical benefits that Taekwondo has to offer. Taekwondo is a sporting and self-defending martial art that helps people excel in their daily lives and is for everyone, no matter who they are. Possibly, Taekwondo may become extremely popular and just might become as popular as many sports that exist today.