So far  as art of our beginners guide to martial arts, we have looked at Karate, Judo and Jiu-Jitu. So  now we are moving from Japan over to Korea to look at Tae Kwon Do (or Taekwondo or TKD).

Originate from: Korea

Physical style: ones that hit/ ones that wrestle/ ones that hit & wrestle

TKD does study punching and striking but it is best known for its kicking techniques. The best high kickers I have ever known have studied Tae Kwon Do. So it is probably one of the best styles to study if you want to know how to kick someone upside the head (if that’s what interests you!).

Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport. It is very entertaining to watch with a lot of high kicking, as well as jumping and spinning kicks (which score more points).

As high kicking is so important in TKD it’s excellent for improving balance and flexability, especially in the legs!

Have you tried Tae Kwon Do, how did it help you achieve your health or fitness goals? Let us know your experience in the comments below.


Ben has been teaching martial arts to people of all ages and abilities for over 12 years. He can help you incorporate different aspects of martial arts into fun, effective workouts. Contact him on 07707 116372 for info on one-to-one training and small group classes.