TAE KWON DO

Tae Kwon Do is known to help students improve focus, instill respect and discipline, teach self-defense, and keep students active and in shape. 

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that can trace its roots back over 2,300 years to the earliest history of Korea, when it was referred to as Hwa Rang Do. The word Tae Kwon Do is comprised of three Korean words: "Tae," meaning foot; "Kwon," meaning fist; and "Do," meaning way. Put together, Tae Kwon Do literally means "the way of the foot and fist." 

Tae Kwon Do is a balanced martial art that focuses on hand and foot techniques equally. Somewhat unique among the martial arts, Tae Kwon Do also emphasizes jump kicks, spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.

Tae Kwon Do has branched into two styles throughout the years: Sport Tae Kwon Do, focusing on sparring, which is what is seen in the Olympics; and Traditional Tae Kwon Do, focusing on the stances and strikes passed down from the Hwa Rand Do origins. The Tae Kwon Do program at MDSA is based on traditional Tae Kwon Do, but will also incorporate techniques from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, Hapkido, and other arts, to provide a fully developed martial arts training regimen.