Toscead betweox fadungum "Tægcwondo"
nis nǣngu scortness þǣre adihtunge
ly (r2.7.1) (Robot ēcung: jv:Taékwondho)
Taekwondo is best known for its use of kicks. This makes it different from other martial arts such as karate or certain forms of southern [[kung-fu]]. Kicking is important because the leg is the most powerful and longest body part that the martial artist can use as a weapon. Therefore, a fighter who kicks well can hurt his opponent without hurting himself.
One of the most important exercises is the act of doing ''pumses'' (''[[kata]]s'' in terminology of karate). The ''pumses'' are the arranged groups of movements of defense and of attack. They simulate a combat against diverse adversaries, and they are related directly to the different degrees of belts. They are done with the purpose to improve the equilibrium, the elasticity, the rapidity and the control of the different movements.
Taekwondo as a sport and as an exercise is popular among people of both sexes and many ages. Taekwondo develops force, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. It also involves mental focus. Breaking boards, for example, demonstrates a union of mental and physical discipline. Breaking a board with one's hand or foot requires both the physical mastery of the technique and a concentrated focus on one's force.