Tae Kwon Do is a martial art created in Korea.
It is a style based on the indigenous Korean martial art Teak Gyeon with a strong influence from the Japanese martial art Karate. The dynamic kicking techniques are derived from Teak Gyeon while hand techniques and forms resemble Karate, especially Shotokan Karate.
The major differences between martial arts are rooted in one's distance from one's partner. Tae Kwon Do uses kicking techniques which is the furthest distance from one's partner.
At HMD Academy, the beauty of the body's movement holds a higher importance to our practice than the effectiveness of striking a partner. The reason for this is simple; beauty can be experienced and understood at any age but sparring effectiveness is only realized between the ages of 16 to 40 or so.