Whenever someone considers learning martial arts, they often have a question about “How are Tae Kwon Do and Karate different?” Or, “Which is better?” To answer this, we’ll start by saying that both are excellent forms of martial arts training and each offers numerous benefits.
The main principles of both Taekwondo (or Tae Kwon Do) and Karate emphasize on self-discipline and a high code of personal conduct. Both forms of martial arts have a sport competition aspect which however makes up only part of the entire curriculum.
So, how are they different?
- Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques, while Karate focuses on hand strikes.
- Taekwondo = Korea.
Karate = Okinawa, Japan (with roots from hand fighting in China).
- Prearranged sequences of techniques, generally known as forms, are referred to as Poomsae in Taekwondo, and Kata in Karate
- Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport.
- The specific postures, stances, and movements differ significantly between Taekwondo and Karate.
It should be noted that although Taekwondo tends to favor fast kicking, taekwondo training is well-rounded and involves learning blocks, punches, open-handed strikes, take-downs, throws, and joint locks.
Conversely, while Karate is known for hand techniques, it frequently includes knee and elbow strikes and does use kicking techniques to a certain extent.