Tae Kwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae  means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with fist”; and do  means “way”, “method”, or “art”. Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of kicking and punching.”

It combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. In 1989, Taekwondo was claimed as the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners.[1] Gyeorugi (pronounced [ɡjʌɾuɡi]), a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.

There are two branches of taekwondo development:

  • “Traditional taekwondo” typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military;in particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history.
  • “Sport taekwondo” has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring). Sport taekwondo is in turn subdivided into two main styles; One derives from Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system sihap gyeorugi which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).

Although there are doctrinal and technical differences between the two main styles and among the various organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Some taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of pressure points, known as jiapsul, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as hapkido (another Korean martial art) and judo (a Japanese martial art).

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    1. At this point a list of martial schools is being made. I can tell you there is a school in the Town center mall that you can take a look at.

        1. The Bahamas, Nassau. Town Center Mall on Baillou Hill Road and Independence Highway. I dont know much about the school or if its still in operation you can visit their facebook page just search for Bdojang bahamas.

  1. Taekwondo has been an Olympic Sport since 1988…. not 2000…… but i was a demonstration sport in 1988, 1996 and some other year i forgot….. It became a Medal Sport in 2000….. i think it is important to put that there instead…… Medals were offered in 2000 but it was an Olympic sport since 1988, Seoul.

    1. thank you for that bit of information I will make note of it in the revised edition that is being worked on. Thanks again

  2. The school is in Nassau and is called the Ba Do Jang which means: Bahamian Training Center. Master Robert Butler is the instructor and is the National Head Coach of the Bahamas Taekwondo Federation. It is the only Taekwondo school in the country and is sanctioned and endorsed by the World Taekwondo Federation and the BTF.

    The school is also affiliated by the Bahamas Olympic Association, Nassau and is a member of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, Potomac, USA and the WTF, Seoul, South Korea.

    Last I knew, the Ba Do Jang was located in the Town Centre Mall at Independence Drive and Blue Hill Road.

      1. Im off island at the momet. Will let you know next week. I do believe there is a school but at moment names escapes my mind

  3. Hi I’m interested in Taekwondo for my kids.They spent the summer abroad and enrolled in Taekwondo for the summer. Is the location by town center mall open

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