Essay on Taekwondo Informative Speech

761 Words Feb 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
Informative Speech
Taekwondo
Introduction
Have you ever seen a martial arts demonstration, or hear of a demonstration team? Well, let me start off by telling you what a demonstration, or demo, team is and what they do. A demo team is a group of elite martial artists chosen to represent the school of martial arts to which they attend to the public during martial arts demonstrations. During these demonstrations they perform impressive feats that wow the audience such as, difficult board breaking techniques and impressive techniques learned through the study of the martial art they are representing. During my high school years I had the pleasure of being one of these elite martial artists. In the demonstrations I participated in I did
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II. So I bet your all wondering what the heck taekwondo means. Well, according to martialartsresource.com, "'Tae' means "foot" or "to strike with the feet". "Kwon" means "hand", or "to strike with the hand". "Do" means discipline, art, or way. Hence TaeKwonDo (foot-hand-way) means literally "the art of the feet and the hands" or "the art of kicking and punching"."
A. Tae kwon do is a marital art that deals primarily with kicking.
B. The focus on kicking is designed with the thought in mind that the leg is the longest most powerful weapon a martial artist has at his/her disposal.
1. This fact means that a martial artist that is very good with his legs can strike an opponent while he is still outside of his opponents range.
2. While remaining outside of your opponent's rang you can deal highly damaging blows without having to take any powerful blows from your opponent.
III. Tae kwon do customs differ slightly depending on where it is taught.
A. Tae kwon do practitioners generally practice bare foot and in places like gymnasiums.
B. The uniforms worn by practitioners used to be the kind that you fold over and tie together, but because of the sport-like nature of it these days they uniform style of the V-neck is becoming increasingly popular.
C. Practitioners of taekwondo generally take part in sparring matches.
1. There's a lot of gear you…