Taekwondo techniques range from blocks, hand attacks, and kicks to locks, chokes, strangles, and falls. Many techniques are designed to immobilize and disarm attackers who are armed with weapons such as a knife, sword, club, or staff, as well as releases and take downs from holds and grappling attacks. Practically every martial art technique is effective under the right circumstances, but it is difficult to assess which technique is best for a particular set of circumstances. Generally, no one technique, no matter how effective it is, will defeat an opponent. Therefore, you should have a repertoire of effective techniques that you may attack with until your opponent is defeated.
Taekwondo students are guided by ethical motives; they try to defend themselves without hurting others. With practice, effective self defense becomes possible without the necessity of inflicting serious injury upon an aggressor. To accomplish this, Taekwondo students must be proficient with as many defensive and offensive techniques as possible.
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