Taekwondo is a Korean striking martial art, literally the way of the foot and hand, which focuses on the use of the feet and hands as a means of self-defense. Taekwondo is also practiced as a martial sport; it has been included in the Olympic Games since 1988. Taekwondo practiced at the Pittsburgh Sports Performance Center is taught under the auspices of the World Taekwondo Federation. All instructors are black belts, certified and registered by the Kukkiwon, the global Taekwondo headquarters.
Judo, often translated as, “The gentle way,” or, “Way of yielding, “is a comprehensive Japanese martial art with a strong emphasis on grappling. As originally conceived by its founder, Dr. Jigaro Kano, Judo allows a small individual to overcome a much larger adversary. Judo techniques include falls, throws, pins, chokes, joint locks and strikes. As a martial art, Judo is an effective method of self-defense. As a martial sport, Judo is practiced worldwide and has been included in the Olympic Games since 1964.