The ideal student to learn Traditional Tae Kwon Do is someone who is passionate about mastering the art form, has strong discipline and dedication, and has an open-mind. Traditional Tae Kwon Do requires physical, mental and emotional focus which can be achieved through regular practice. A student should have patience to improve technique while learning new forms and techniques at their own pace with guidance from the instructor. Ultimately, the ideal student pursuing Traditional Tae Kwon Do should have a commitment to self-improvement and a desire to gain confidence in current abilities.

The main difference between Traditional Tae Kwon Do and Sport Tae Kwon Do is the focus on competition. Traditional Tae Kwon Do focuses primarily on self-defense, discipline, and physical development while Sport Tae Kwon Do emphasizes competition, point scoring, and sparring. Traditional Tae Kwon Do typically involves performing a set sequence of movements called forms or “poomse” in repetition while Sport Tae Kwon Do usually involves engaging an opponent in sparring matches. Overall, the mindset of the two disciplines differs greatly as traditional martial arts emphasize personal development while sport Taekwondo emphasizes victory over an opponent.

It's important to study both the sport and traditional aspects of Tae Kwon Do in order to gain a diverse set of skills. Studying the sport aspect will give students an understanding of competition, point scoring, and sparring techniques that can be applied in real-life self-defense situations. By studying the traditional aspect, students will learn discipline and physical development as well as more practical self-defense techniques such as kicks, strikes, blocks, and joint locks. In addition, combining the two disciplines gives students an opportunity to develop both mentally and emotionally while attaining a higher level of martial arts proficiency.

Practicing Tae Kwon Do can offer adults a wealth of health benefits. Regular training can improve cardiovascular fitness, boost muscle strength and agility, increase flexibility, and enhance balance. It is also an invaluable way to reduce stress, as it requires both physical and mental discipline to excel in the martial art. Additionally, its emphasis on respect, focus, and humility can help cultivate valuable character traits that are beneficial both inside and outside of the dojang.

Master Somnath Sikdar offers Traditional Taekwondo classes at the Dragon Gym in Exton. He teaches a highly effective, comprehensive form of martial arts that blends ancient techniques with modern efficiency to provide students with the opportunity to learn self-defense skills. His classes focus on teaching students how to use their bodies as tools for self-protection and developing discipline, coordination, balance and flexibility. Master Sikdar encourages his students to explore the traditional styles and philosophies of Taekwondo while continually challenging them to improve their skills.

The towns easily accessible to Exton, PA are West Chester, Downingtown, Malvern, Lionville, Phoenixville and Coatesville. Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, these towns are conveniently located around Exton and offer many attractions for visitors including shopping malls, restaurants, parks and recreational areas. Residents of Exton can also enjoy easy access to nearby cities such as Philadelphia and Lancaster for additional entertainment options. Additionally, there are plenty of transportation options available in the area including buses and trains making it easy to explore all that this region has to offer.

Traditional Tae Kwon Do Classes in Exton PA

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