Taekwondo demands self-discipline, mental concentration, and alertness. Correct technical execution of techniques requires rhythm, timing, balance, power, proper form, and proper breathing. To achieve this, students must develop disciple; stay focused, and ignore distractions. Students learn that self-discipline means doing things the right way and that being undisciplined means looking for the easy way out. Students are encouraged to practice self-discipline in all areas of their lives.
Taekwondo is an educational experience. Students learn about their own abilities and limitations and how to deal with those limitations. Students learn to relate with people of all ages from various socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds through their training in Taekwondo. Students also learn the philosophy of Taekwondo and a limited amount Korean history, culture, and language.
A 2003 study has found that children who jump everyday increase their bone density, which may help prevent bone loss later in life. When a child jumps, the bones flex, which triggers them to increase their density. The study found that children who jump five times three times a day had a significant increase in bone density. Therefore, when children are doing jumping jacks in Taekwondo class and are practicing jump kicks, they are getting stronger and perfecting their techniques but they are also helping prevent bone loss in the later years of their lives.