Benefits of Tae Kwon Do

vaughn6500
By vaughn6500 Latest Reply 2011-11-06 11:24:30 -0600
Started 2011-10-30 12:02:10 -0500

If you train in taekwondo you

…run

…and jump

…and leap.

You kick and punch.

And you learn complicated patterns.

Which test your coordination.

In short…

…You exercise your body.

And if that physical exercise sounds hard…don't panic. Anyone can get fit. We did!

After all no-one is fit when they are born.

Not even Bruce Lee!

Every single fit person has got that way…

…by exercising.

Our taekwondo instructors helped us to slowly build our taekwondo fitness at a pace that was right for us. And the taekwondo benefits emerged gradually week by week. Training session by training session.

One of the physical benefits of taekwondo training is that it strengthens our muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments.

That's a lot of words that sound good but…

What does that really mean?

Well let's start with strong muscles.

Training in taekwondo strengthens all your muscles from top to toe. Strong muscles help to support your body. They help to hold your body upright keeping your spine in the right position.

If your muscles are strong, day to day tasks like gardening or carrying the groceries are easier. If your muscles are not strong and you try to lift something heavy, you are much more likely to tear something.

Ouch!

And what about strong bones?

Aren't bones strong anyway?

Well actually bones are a bit like muscles. They are living things.

Use them and they get stronger. Sit too much and they get weaker.

And weak bones break more easily.

For ladies it is especially important to try to keep your bones strong. This is because women often suffer with osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) as they get older.

One of the physical benefits of taekwondo is that all that leaping and jumping helps to make our bones stronger.

And what about tendons, ligaments and joints?

Why do you want these to be strong?

Well imagine you are walking along the street and you don't pay attention and your foot slips off the side of a step and your ankle turns sideways.

Ouch!

Now if you are not used to exercising. And your joints are weak. And the ligaments around your joints are weak. Watch out. It could be a really big Ouch!

And a long time on crutches!

But what if you train in taekwondo? And your ankle joint is strong and the ligaments around it are strong?

Chances are the Ouch! won't be anywhere near so bad!

All that kicking and punching?

Why is that good?

Two words sum that up for us.

Stress Relief!

Stress relief is one of the huge physical benefits of taekwondo.

Kicking a target or punching a bag is amazingly good for letting stress and tension out of your body.

Sure it's hard work.

And you can be exhausted afterwards.

But you feel relaxed and calm.

In the days when we had stressful jobs. We would often walk into taekwondo training sessions with our heads pounding after a difficult day.

Then we trained.

And because taekwondo requires so much mental concentration we couldn't think about anything else.

Or worry about our day.

And as we punched and kicked the stress flowed out of our bodies.

And by the time the training session was over.

We found we were transformed.

Peaceful.

Calm.

And in a better state to deal with our lives.

And for us the combination of physical tiredness and mental relaxation means a good nights sleep!

And lastly…

…we touch on something that many people battle.

Obesity.
Or being fat.

We all know that if we are overweight we are more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, liver disease…

The list goes on and on and on.

And controlling our weight is hard with so much fattening food around these days.

One of the physical benefits of taekwondo training is that while you are kicking and punching and running and jumping and having fun.

You are burning off fat.

So it's easier to keep control of your weight.

And you have a body that feels good.

And looks good too!


10 replies

peewee0618
peewee0618 2011-11-04 23:09:58 -0500 Report

Two of my grandchildren take Tae Kwon Do. I had started and got my white belt but I stopped because I got sick and never got back into it.

vaughn6500
vaughn6500 2011-11-01 07:33:29 -0500 Report

that's good to hear that he was able to go through it. it only proves that he had a strong family support.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-10-31 12:39:30 -0500 Report

I had a son in Tae Kwon Do through the Y here in Las Vegas. I did not join them because my arthritic legs and joints just couldn't take the stress I would put them under if I participated.

Unfortunately the master's grand children were bullies and picked on my youngest. We spoke to master about it, but he either didn't catch them doing anything bad, or chose not to see it. That left a bad taste in our mouths and the harassment continued. It got so bad we finally, reluctantly, pulled our son out of the class.

peewee0618
peewee0618 2011-11-04 23:12:07 -0500 Report

I'm really sorry that you had to take your son out. Hopefully at some point you will find another one to put him in.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-06 11:24:30 -0600 Report

he is old enough now to take classes himself should he wish to do so. He was only about 8 at the time. He's now 22.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-10-31 13:28:55 -0500 Report

I tried to participate in those classes I had at a month long pain clinic. My back is so bad I could not do them, was rediculed by the instructor as being non-cooperative. I had to eventually ask the director to get her off my back and to have no more contact with her. For those that can do these exercises they can be wonderful. For those of us that cant they can be pure tortue.
Mary

FLDawn
FLDawn 2011-10-31 14:42:05 -0500 Report

Thankfully when I went through PT for my back I had awesome people who made sure I did not force or do anything that hurt me. What I could do was good enough for them and slowly it worked but it took months. Any instructor who ridicules someone needs to look for new work. It takes a very long time to get it back to something decent and even then it is not going to be as it was before. Good for you for not letting them get away with it. I had a neurologist that treated me poorly and I did the same thing and told him he was FIRED…after all…WE are the patient AKA customer…we are paying for it and deserve respect.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-10-31 16:45:54 -0500 Report

Good for you for firing him. Many do not realize that if they are getting poor medical care they should seek others that will do their jobs. That pain clinic was very hard it was from 7:30 am till 4:00pm five days a week. Everyone but her knew that I pushed myself as much as was possible. She did not speak to me at all the last 3 weeks that I was there and was not included in the weekly reviews I had with all the other therapists.

vaughn6500
vaughn6500 2011-11-01 01:34:03 -0500 Report

@ jayabee52 - when you're son was enrolled in Tae Kwon Do, what was the name of the TaeKwonDo group that this club was affiliated to? There a lot of TKD groups, there's the ATA, ITF, WTF, etc. I belong to the WTF group, wherein we practice the OLYMPIC style of TKD & this is the only group that is recognized & endorsed by both the South Korean National Government & The Olympics to represent Tae Kwon Do as a Martial Art. WTF has a very strict standard when it comes to both discipline & training. This group will adjust to every student capabilities & there's no contract allowed when it comes to registration. I'm not saying the other groups are fakes but they have their own policies & set of rules. It's so sad to hear that he has to stop because of certain individuals inside the gym.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-01 05:36:02 -0500 Report

That was many years ago. I don't know if there was a group affiliation or not. It was held in the YMCA facilities here in Las Vegas, we might have raised a stink about it with the administraton of the Y, but for some reason chose not to at that time. He did not seem to be emotionally damaged from it. He is now an EMT and is in the Army Reserves in officers candidate school studying to teach history.