Cardio Kickboxing

Mixed Martial Arts




Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art that has been traced back to about 2,000 years ago and is famed for its employment of leg techniques, which many believe distinguishes it from martial arts such as Karate or Kung Fu. The rationale behind this is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon available a martial artist has, and kicks have the greatest potential to strike without retaliation. Despite this, hand techniques, and at the higher levels, some grappling and anti-weapon techniques are taught and emphasized.

Taekwondo was designed to be effectively employed by people regardless of their sex, height, weight
or age.


S.M. Smith Taekwondo students can typically expect to take part in the following:

  • Learning the techniques of Taekwondo
  • Exercise!
  • Self-defense techniques
  • Sparring (free-style controlled fighting in a safe environment, using safety gear, with either
    no-contact or very light-contact)
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Breaking (using the techniques to break boards to gain knowledge of how you are developing and to improve confidence)
  • Regular promotion testing (tests to progress to the next belt and to gain confidence with your development)
  • A friendly and mutually respectful atmosphere
  • Learning the theory and history behind Taekwondo
  • Self discipline
  • Competition or just simply personal growth or a way of life

Taekwondo's Five Goals:

  • Respect
  • Humility
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Honesty

Taekwondo's Eleven Commandments:

  • Loyalty to country
  • Respect to your parents
  • Faithfulness to your spouse
  • Respect to your brothers and sisters
  • Loyalty to your friends
  • Respect to your elders
  • Respect to your teachers
  • Never take life unjustly
  • Indomitable spirit
  • Loyalty to your Dojang
  • Finish what you start