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

Taekwondo 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 Taekwondo is comprised of three Korean words: "Tae," meaning foot; "Kwon," meaning fist; and "Do," meaning way. Put together, Taekwondo literally means "the way of the foot and fist." 

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

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

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