Hand techniques use the muscles of the arms and torso to transfer the power generated by the legs and hips to the target. The thrusting motion of arm techniques and is essentially the same as the thrusting motion of leg techniques. Students must concentrate on the following points in hand techniques: the path of the hand, speed, and concentration of power through the proper use of the summation of forces.
Taekwondo's gimmick is kicking. Kicks look impressive and are fun to perform: however, when compared to hands, they are slow, less versatile, and much less dangerous.
Sport Taekwondo specializes in kicking and emphasizes kicks over using hands. Traditional Taekwondo specializes in kicks and emphasizes using hand and feet, and using them in combination.
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