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Premier Taekwondo is committed to teaching the traditional martial art with its roots tracing back to Korea some 2000 years ago.  Taekwondo has evolved into one of the most popular modern martial arts in the world.  "taekwondo" literally translates to "the way of the hand and foot."

A taekwondo training program encompasses both physical and mental disciplines, balancing the body, mind and spirit. Taekwondo is an excellent source of fitness, improving strength, endurance, flexibility and overall physical health.  It promotes self-discipline, self-confidence, stress relief and goal setting.  It is an ideal activity for people of all ages and abilities.

Korean art of unarmed combat that is based on the earlier form of Korean self-defense known as tae kyon and on karate. The name taekwondo was officially adopted for this martial art in 1955 after that name had been submitted by the South Korean general Choi Hong Hi, the principal founder of taekwondo.

Taekwondo is characterized by the extensive use of high standing and jump kicks as well as punches and is practiced for sport, self-defense, and spiritual development. Training in taekwondo is carried out by learning individual techniques of kicking, punching, and blocking, which are practiced in combined series of techniques in traditional sets known as hyung. (Proficiency in the graded series of hyung determines rank in the lower grades.)

Students also practice basic sparring combinations (id-bo tueryon, “one-step sparring”); these are short, set sequences of attack and counter practiced between partners, after which the students may practice free sparring as opponents. In sparring, blows are stopped just short of contact. Taekwondo is practiced as a sport by awarding points to correctly executed techniques during free sparring or by judging the quality of performed hyung. See also martial art.

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