Martial Arts Differences: Karate Versus Taekwondo

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Martial Arts Differences: Karate versus Taekwondo

Ever since the times of the Japanese and the Koreans, Karate and Taekwondo were used forms of self-defense. Still, the two martial arts, serve its purpose, but presently have additional purposes which are for physical fitness and spiritual and mental focus. Although the two might appear very similar, they are strikingly different. Unfortunately, many people don’t know this and can’t differentiate the two. I, for one, became interested in differentiating the two to know which martial art will be suitable for me; because I am planning to learn one of the two in the near future. After some research, I have found that both Karate and Taekwondo are great martial arts, but they are different in origin, moves, and purpose.

Karate and Taekwondo are often mistaken to have the same origin or their origins are often mixed up. Karate was developed in the Ryuku Islands, but the island of Okinawa is considered to be its birthplace (ACWriter 101, 2009). Thus, ACWriter 101 stated that its various styles were all rooted from the Okinawan style systems. Meanwhile, Taekwondo started in Korea and was enhanced when the country was occupied by the Japanese. It just became systematic martial art after the Second World War (Taekwond-information.org, 2009).

Another difference of Karate and Taekwondo are its moves. On one hand, Karate is comprised of punches, strikes, blocks, and kicks to make the entire human body a weapon. These techniques are combined with evasive footwork maneuvers and joint locks to create a hand-to-hand or hand-to-weapon combat method of basic self-defense. In addition to that, training and understanding the basic moves can deliver one of the most devastating strikes to any attacker rendering them incapacitated (Nichols, 2009). On the other hand, a lot of the Taekwondo moves are about striking people using the legs and most of the moves involved spin around kicks, flying kicks, open handed...
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