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14:40 May 2, 2001
Korean to English translations [Non-PRO]
Korean term or phrase: What does the "WORD" taekwondo mean?
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na +1Way of the Hands and Feet
Brigitte Gendebien



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Way of the Hands and Feet

What is Taekwondo?

TAE means kicking or smashing with the foot.

KWON means punching with the fist.

DO means the art or way of.

Combined, Taekwondo means the art of fighting using your hands and feet as one. However, this is merely the shallowest of meanings. Many people practice Taekwondo as if it were written either TAE KWON DO or TAE KWON DO, focusing on purely the physical aspects of the art. Taekwondo, however, should be written TAE KWON DO; for it is an art. There are levels and levels of understanding which makes it an art in the truest sense of the word; closer to poetry than to exercise. TAE and KWON are merely the sport aspects of the discipline. They will not last. DO, on the other hand, will live beyond the aging and failing of the physical nature of the body.

Taekwondo is the modernized way of an old oriental art of self-defense or unarmed combat. Loosely translated Taekwondo means "Way of the Hands and Feet". Taekwondo is a hard and linear style. It uses strong blocks, punches, and kicks to disable an opponent. One facet that distinguishes Taekwondo from other martial arts are the quick and powerful kicking techniques for which Korean arts are known. Taekwondo has several physical and mental benefits. Conditioning, building endurance, and developing muscle tone are just a few of the physical benefits. Increased concentration and focus are just some of the mental benefits.

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Brigitte Gendebien
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