Nichols’ Defense Academy offers Tae Kwon Do classes and training at all levels in our Alexandria, VA studio. Tae Kwon Do, a distinct Korean martial art, has an interesting history which spans several thousands of years. Tae Kwon Do has been practiced as a sport and as a martial art since its inception. The study of Tae Kwon Do not only improves one’s physical fitness and health, but also employs as its main goal, inner peace and serenity.
The lengthy history of Tae Kwon Do, and its association with the principles of Zen Buddhism, are reflected in the basic forms and skills of this combination of healthful sport and mental discipline. The evolution of Tae Kwon Do from its origin as a martial art and sport in a relatively small Asian country to its present day world wide popularity is involved and complex.
As it is literally translated from Korean, Tae means “to kick” or “to strike with the foot” Kwon means “fist” or “to strike with the hand”, and Do means “discipline” or “art”. Together, Tae Kwon Do means “the art of kicking and punching”, i.e. “the art of unarmed combat”. What truly distinguishes Tae Kwon Do from other martial arts are its varied and uniquely powerful kicking techniques. Tae Kwon Do is more than a system of physical power, it is an art aimed toward the moral development of its students.
Contact us to sign up for our next Tae Kwon Do class. Classes for all martial arts disciplines begin regularly.