What is Tae Kwon Do?
Benefits of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do at RPI
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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 Tae Kwon Do:

Self Defense

First and foremost, the Tae Kwon Do practiced here RPI is focused on teaching a highly effective form of self defense. 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 defense in mind.

Physical Fitness

Of course, such hard training requires, and will develop, a strong and athletic body. For many people, this byproduct 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 (pushups), and stretching (kicking drills). Regular practice will help you develop your body, maintain your health, and give you more energy.

Mental Clarity

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, Tae Kwon Do 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 Tae Kwon Do into day to day life.

In addition to the higher level mental benefits, many people find that they enjoy Tae Kwon Do, just as they will many sports. It can be challenging, exciting, and accessabe for many people.

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