The Differences Between Taekwondo and Karate
There are many martial arts practiced today, but two of the most prominent arts are karate and taekwondo. While both karate and taekwondo teach patience and discipline and offer a full body workout, there are many differences between these two arts.
A key difference of the two fighting styles is the emphasis. Taekwondo focuses on kicking techniques, whereas karate focuses on open hand strikes. The word karate means “empty hand”, whereas the word taekwondo translates to the “the way of the foot and fist”.
In karate hand attacks are favoured and kicks are used as a backup, whereas taekwondo is the opposite. As a result, karate requires your legs to be grounded most of the time, whereas taekwondo involves more kicking, jumping and spinning.
The two martial arts styles have different countries of origin. Karate as it is known today is only around 200 years old, but the art originated thousands of years ago in Okinawa, Japan and was influenced by kung fu fighting techniques in China. Taekwondo on the other hand has its origins in Korea. The name Taekwondo has only been used since 1955 even though the art has been practiced for more than 2,300 years.
Different tournaments and rules
At taekwondo competitions, there is much more emphasis on kicks than punches and kicks are rewarded with more points. In traditional karate tournaments both kicks and hand strikes are rewarded equally.
Karate is a constantly evolving martial art, with a number of distinct styles that have branched off over the years. The main styles are goju-ryu, shito-ryu, shotokan and wado-ryu and each style has its own rules. Taekwondo on the other hand is much more consolidated, with new developments and competition rules dictated by the World Taekwondo Federation.
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