There are many things that people find that they like about Tae Kwon Do. For many, these reasons are personal and unique to the individual. However, here are some benefits that you can expect to experience with TaeKwonDo:
First and foremost, the TaeKwonDo practise here at Fox TaeKwonDo is focused on teaching a highly effective form of self defence. You will be taught techniques that will neutralize the attacks of an enemy and to disable an opponent. Techniques range in severity from holds, throws, and blocks that will merely stop or hurt an opponent, to strikes that are designed to break bone.
Every exercise that we practice, from blocking drills and forms that ingrain the techniques into instinct, to sparring that teaches how to see attacks coming, to conditioning that prepares our bodies for the punishment that it can take during a fight, is done with self defence in mind.
Of course, such hard training requires, and will develop, a strong and athletic body. For many people, this by-product of the art becomes a reason in itself for continuing practice. Physical activity includes aerobic (blocking drills and forms) as well as anaerobic activity (sparring), strength training (push-ups), and stretching (kicking drills). Regular practice will help you develop your body, maintain your health, and give you more energy.
Whether it is doing one more push up than you thought you could do, controlling your body through a complicated form that required both strength and balance, or focusing your energy into a punch that will break a board, TaeKwonDo demands a firm control of mind over body. As the body becomes a physical manifestation of the mind, inattention, confusion, and lack of resolve will show themselves physically. Likewise, clarity of thought, focus, and confidence will result in clean, quick, crisp techniques. For many people, the strength of will and clarity of thought that is developed at practice becomes goes beyond TaeKwonDo into day to day life.
In addition to the higher level mental benefits, many people find that they enjoy TaeKwonDo, just as they will many sports. It can be challenging, exciting, and accessabe for many people.