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The Art of Taekwondo

That is the noise of martial arts. Taekwondo may be pretty difficult to master, but that is the joy of learning something new and interesting. The kicks and form of taekwondo are especially unique compared to other forms of martial arts.

“There’s a lot of variance of a round-house,” said Jeremy Jarvis, a sophomore studying exercise physiology. “But your most basic one is when the knee comes up, you’re going to pivot over, you’re going to kick and then come back; a little faster. Sidekick, which is going to be like such. Going off to the side, and again there’s variation to that kick. You’re also going to have things such as an axe kick, which is going to come up and down. A hook kick. Those are pretty popular techniques within taekwondo. And again, taekwondo puts most of its emphasis on its kicking.”

The surprisingly great workout taekwondo comes from is not only physical exertion, but also mental as well. It allows participants to clear his or her mind of all things, which may be worrying them, including homework and finals. But just like most forms of martial arts, taekwondo helps in self-defense as well.

“It’s a great experience,” said Katrina Hungary, a sophomore studying sociology. “To be able to say, ‘well, I’ve tried it. This is something I’ve tried.’ On top of that, I know for me myself, I’m not a very confident person, but as I’ve been coming to taekwondo it’s been helping me to be a little bit more confident in myself. Not just in taekwondo, but in other aspects of my life.”

In order to join the taekwondo league, visit the BYU-Idaho page on imleagues.com. They are always looking for more participants. Reporting from the John W. Hart building, I’m Derek Sutherland, Scroll TV News.

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