Taekwondo at Champion Karate West

Master Paul Barker has a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has been perfecting his teaching over the past three decades for children, teenagers and adults.

His students learn discipline and self-defense while increasing confidence and self-esteem. Visits our classes schedule to find the best time for you. At Champion Karate West we take the best of the kicking of Taekwondo and add in boxing to make our martial arts more efficient for protection. We also had Hapkido and some some special ground finding seminars for all students.

All BYU & UVU students gets 10% discount.

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What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo (태권도; 跆拳道; Korean pronunciation: [tʰɛkwʌndo])[a] is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae (태, 跆) means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon (권, 拳) means “to strike or break with fist”; and do (도, 道) means “way”, “method”, or “art”. Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of kicking and punching.”

It combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. In 1989, Taekwondo is the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners.[1] Gyeorugi (pronounced [ɡjʌɾuɡi]), a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.

The Two Branches of Taekwondo

Traditional Taekwondo

typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military;[2] in particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history.

Sport Taekwondo

has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring). Sport taekwondo is in turn subdivided into two main styles; One derives from Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system sihap gyeorugi which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).[3]

Although there are doctrinal and technical differences between the two main styles and among the various organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Some taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of pressure points, known as jiapsul, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as hapkido and judo.

**All Taekwondo classes in Provo are taught by master Paul Barker who has a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo,  Sensei Diaz who is a 3rd degree black belt  from Ronin Dragon Karate and Mrs. Rivera who is 1st degree black belt from Champion Karate West.  At Champion Karate West, we have taken boxing techniques and high Taekwondo kicking to make our system better in all situations. We teach classes for 3-5 years old, 6-12 years, 13-17 and 18 and older.

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