Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that emphasizes kicking techniques but also includes many hand strikes and other movements. The movements may be powerful and explosive, but also graceful, and when well-executed, beautiful to watch.
The art of taekwondo can be thought of as a competitive sport, as a method for self-defense, an art form similar to dance, an aerobic exercise system, a means of developing concentration and self-discipline, a philosophy, and many other things. Traditional taekwondo training teaches students to challenge themselves, to respect others, to persevere through difficulty, and many other virtues that will last throughout their lives.
Although taekwondo, on the surface, is a physical activity, its ultimate purpose is to contribute to the development of the entire person. Good physical health helps maintain a clear mind, and the focus and concentration students develop in their CYC taekwondo training should carry over to their academic work. Learning to train hard together with other students teaches mutual respect, and the structure of the rank system teaches respect for seniors. The traditions and long history of taekwondo give a dimension and depth that few other activities can offer.