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Taekwondo vs. Karate: What's the difference?


This is a common question that we get asked by most of our new members and a great one to give you some incite into how Taekwondo differs from Karate and why Taekwondo might be the right choice for you or your children.


Taekwondo and Karate are two different martial arts that originate from different countries. Karate is a Japanese martial art and Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Both have their own unique styles and techniques, but there are some notable differences between them.

One of the main differences between Taekwondo and Karate is the emphasis on kicking. Taekwondo is known for its fast and powerful kicks, which are a hallmark of the art. You can see this when you watch the Olympic games, Taekwondo is about who can kick and score the fastest while gaining the most points to win.


Karate, on the other hand, is a discipline that focuses on striking techniques, such as punches, kicks, knee strikes, and elbow strikes, as well as open-handed techniques like chops, slaps, and pressure point strikes.

In terms of self-defence, Taekwondo is a more effective martial art. Taekwondo is designed to neutralise an opponent quickly, using powerful kicks to disable an attacker from a distance. Karate is more focused on close-quarters combat, which requires a lot of physical strength. Karate training often involves a lot of repetition and drilling of basic techniques, such as punches and blocks.

When it comes to sparring, Taekwondo matches often involve a lot of jumping and spinning kicks, as well as fast footwork and evasive manoeuvres. Karate sparring tends to be more stationary and focused on delivering strong, accurate strikes.

Taekwondo is also a more dynamic martial art. It is constantly evolving and improving, which makes it more effective as a self-defence system.

Of course we think Taekwondo is a better martial art than Karate! It is more effective for self-defence, more comprehensive for fitness, and more dynamic for continuous improvement.


We hope this information has given you a better understanding of Taekwondo and why we love it so much. Whether you're looking to learn self-defence, improve your fitness, or just have fun, Taekwondo is the perfect choice.



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