What's the difference between Taekwondo and Karate?
Whenever someone is considering beginning martial arts classes, they often ask us, "How are tae kwon do and karate different?" Or, "Which is better?"
To answer this, we'll start by saying that both are excellent forms of martial arts training, with each offering numerous benefits.
The core principles of both Taekwondo (or Tae Kwon Do) and Karate stress self-discipline and a high code of personal conduct. Both have a sport competition aspect, however this makes up only part of the entire curriculum.
So, how are they different?
- Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques, while Karate focuses on hand strikes.
- Taekwondo originated in Korea, while Karate comes from Japan.
- Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport.
How to choose?
When trying to decide between a Tae Kwon Do or a Karate school for your martial arts training, the decision may come down to a personal preference of style. However, keep in mind the following questions:
- What is the quality of the instruction?
- What does the facility look like?
- What is the atmosphere like?
- How does the class schedule work?
- Where are they located?
- Other factors?
These questions and answers may (and sometimes should) be more important in deciding which form of martial arts to study.
And remember that while websites and phone conversations are useful, it's also a good idea to visit the schools you are considering.
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