Taekwondo is famed for its use of kicking techniques, which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or southern styles of kung fu. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation. Taekwondo as a sport and exercise is popular with people of both sexes and of many ages. Physically, taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one's strength.
Although each Taekwondo club or school will be different, a Taekwondo student can typically expect to take part in most or all of the following:
Free form fighting and practicing techniques in safety gear with other classmates followed by WTF(World Taekwondo Federation) Rules
On Wednesdays and Thursdays students are required to bring sparring gear for free form fighting. Sparring provides the opportunity to learn and engage in techniques learned in class and how to use them in fighting situations.
A series of connected martial arts movement
Students at each belt level learn forms as part of their belt test. Forms are a great way to strengthen the body and master the motions necessary to become a great martial artist. Forms are also a great way to practice techniques without partner. Color belt has 8 official forms (Taekuek 1-8), Black Belt 1 dan Koryo, 2 dan Keumgang, 3 dan Taebaek, 4 dan, Pyongwon