At Korean Academy of Taekwondo- South Branch, in Littleton, Colorado, we believe that there are three important components of what every martial artist should know. The first component is the Traditional Taekwondo Component. Here we practice the forms, one step sparring and techniques that are practiced all over the world and have been practiced and passed down through the generations. The emphasis here is on power, accuracy, and technical proficiency. There is not much evolution of technique in this component.
The second component is the Sport Taekwondo Component. Here we compete in the Olympic sport of Taekwondo. We follow the competition rules that limit available techniques. Because competition is done in a public venue, techniques evolve rapidly as people see what works and what doesn’t. The emphasis is on speed and utility.
The third component is the Practical Self Defense component. Here we practice our grappling and other associated techniques. There are no ‘rules’ in the street situation and the supreme ideal of this component is utility— whether or not a given technique works in a given situation. Thus techniques evolve fairly rapidly in this component as well.
These three components represent the core of our school. However, we also teach Weapons Training and Demonstration Team Training. These two disciplines are optional and not included on belt promotion tests.