HOLMES MARTIAL ARTS

TAEKWONDO - - - - SELF DEFENSE - - - - KUMDO (Way of the Sword)
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Since 1997, Holmes Martial Arts, Inc. has been providing instruction in Taekwondo and Martial Arts in Decatur, Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Metro Atlanta.  We are committed to Excellence and High Achievement from our Staff and our Students.  We welcome all students prepared to work hard, have fun and be the best that you can be.

We hope you will enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area.  This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks.  There are multiple interpretations of the name Taekwondo is often translated as "the way of hand and foot".

Tae = "Foot or to kick or to jump
Kwon = Fist or to strike or block with hand
Do = The way of or art

Put this together and Taekwondo means: The art of Kicking and punching or The art of unarmed combat.


Disciplines of Taekwondo

Taekwondo has four disciplines:

Patterns
Sparring
Self-defense
Break Test
Weapons

It is the combination of these five disciplines that make the art of Taekwondo.


Objectives of Taekwondo

1. To develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport and an art
2. To Achieve physical fitness through positive participation
3. To improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity
4. To learn self-defense skills
5. To develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others

Taekwondo is primarily a kicking art, often with a greater emphasis on the sport aspect of the art.  Taekwondo stylists tend to fight at an extended range, and keep opponents away with their feet.  It is a hard/soft, external, fairly linear style and is known for being very powerful.  There is a lot of competition work in many dojangs.  Training tends to emphasize sparring, but has forms, and the basics are important as well.


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