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. The Taekwondo taught and practiced at Spirit Forge Martial Arts is under the auspices of the World Taekwondo Federation and USA-Taekwondo. 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.