Maybe you were looking for some karate classes, or you curiously typed in "karate near me" hoping to take some martial arts classes. Then a few studios offering karate lessons popped up, and some taekwondo schools appeared as well.
Whether you are a parent looking to enroll your child, or an adult seeking to finally get in shape, you might be wondering... isn't taekwondo (also known as tkd) just another form of karate for kids?
Well.. not exactly.
As popular as it is in North America, Asia, and Europe, taekwondo has become much more standardized than the varied disciplines of karate. Don't let the rainbow of different colored belts fool you, nor let the masters speaking of discipline categorize this into just some karate for toddlers. While taekwondo has become one of the best martial arts for kids, taekwondo kids aren't the only ones enrolling in these martial arts classes.
Martial arts training is a lifetime activity for which younger kids can develop a greater appreciation of as they grow older. Meanwhile, late teens and adults can start anytime and learn to play the game at a more sophisticated level.
With regional, national, and international taekwondo tournaments categorized by skill level and age, there's something here for everyone.
To get inspired by some of the best athletes, as they show off their skills against challenging opponents, see if you can make it out to one of these events.
USAT National Championship, hosted by USA Taekwondo.
U.S. Hanmadang, hosted by USA Taekwondo.
WTF President's Cup, hosted by Pan America Taekwondo Union.
AAU National Championship, hosted by Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
U.S. Open (G2), hosted by Pan America Taekwondo Union.
But if you would rather start off with a smaller, local tournament located conveniently near your home, have no fear. Even though the skill levels may be a bit lower than what you would see at the events listed above, it might just be enough to get you going.
See a comprehensive list of taekwondo tournaments near you by clicking HERE.
Well, what are you waiting for?