Good morning to my esteemed teachers and classmates.
What does Roundhouse, Chop, Side, Turning Back, Jumping front kick, Blocks and Sparring all have in common. No, they are not the ingredients my dad puts in his spicy Chile! It is the Korean Martial Art called Tae Kwon Do. Taekwondo means, the way of the foot and the fist. It is a form of self-defense using your bare hands and feet. Taekwondo dates back over 2000 years but has become one of the most popular sports in the world over the past 50 years. Taekwondo is participated by more than 40 million people in 142 countries in the world! Taekwondo has many kicks and special moves. The Roundhouse and Chop Kick are the basic kicks you learn when you begin taking lessons in Taekwondo. The Turning back and Jumping front kick are the more difficult kicks to learn. Other special moves include blocks which use hands, arms and knees to force incoming attacks away from your body. My final point I want to tell you about Taekwondo is yelling. When doing powerful moves, kicks and punches you can let out a loud yell. This can startle your opponent or audience which allows you to catch him or her off guard. Yelling also helps to tighten your stomach muscles and can protect you from your opponents' attacks. In conclusion, Taekwondo is a great sport which includes both your mind and your body. Taekwondo is a lot of fun. I've been taking Taekwondo for 2 months and have learned many of the techniques I have described to you today. I hope you have all learned something today on Taekwondo and I thank you for your attention.
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