This video uploaded by JDubzs shows footage of a real martial art demonstration from North Korean Taekwondo practitioners.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that is primarily characterized by head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and the 1950s by various martial arts practitioners by incorporating elements of karate, classic Chinese martial arts, and indigenous Korean martial arts traditions suck as Subak, Taekkyeon and Gwonbeop.
Since Taekwondo is characterized by head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques, the sparring competitions in this martial art awards additional points for strikes that incorporate spinning kicks.
In order to facilitate fast kicks, Taekwondo practitioners adopt stances that are narrower that are less stable than broader, wide stances used by other martial arts such as karate. The trade off of this decreased stability is believed to increase one’s agility.
The emphasis of agility and speed is the defining characteristic of Taekwondo. In Taekwondo, it is believed that the power of a strike increases quadratically with the speed of the strike, however only increases linearly with the mass of the striking object. In Taekwondo, therefore, speed is more important than size in terms of generating power.
It is also believed in Taekwondo that in between blocks, kicks and strikes, the practitioner should relax the body and then tense the muscles only while performing the technique. Practitioners believe that this principle increases the power of the technique by conserving the energy of the body.
The ranks in Taekwondo vary from style to style and are not standardized. Typically, the ranks are separated into “senior” and “junior” sections. The junior section of ranks is commonly called “color belt” ranks. The colors may be solid, or may include a color stripe on a solid background. The senior section of ranks is usually called “black belt” ranks, and is made up of nine degrees. A practitioner’s degree is sometimes indicated on the belt itself with stripes or numbers.