MARTIAL ARTS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS!

Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Taekwondo vs Karate

Taekwondo vs Karate – which do you choose? Lots of people think they’re the same, but some key differences will determine which is better for you and your self-defence goals. We’ll settle this classic debate and go over the differences between karate and taekwondo to help you make your own decision on which is better for you!

 

The Difference Between Taekwondo vs Karate

Taekwondo vs KarateThe most basic difference in Taekwondo vs Karate is between your hands and your feet, punching vs kicking. Think of the shuto uchi, or the famous “karate chop” you’ve seen in every ninja movie; karate uses hand combos primarily, and then kicking as a backup. Taekwondo is the exact opposite, it emphasises kicking and uses hand techniques as the backup. Taekwondo has more diversity in combos as well just like BJJ.

 

Origins of Taekwondo vs Karate

Taekwondo vs KarateWhen you think about which martial arts classes you want to take, it can be helpful to consider the origin. Karate started later and became a pop culture phenomenon, while taekwondo has been practised for thousands of years. Even though Mr. Miyagi made karate famous in our pop culture, it has its roots in Japan. It started around 500 years ago to, as the story goes, stop the use of weapons on the island of Okinawa so that the king could prevent war. Now, is taekwondo better than karate?

The Japanese started using hand-to-hand combat to protect themselves instead of weapons, and karate was born. Taekwondo goes back quite a bit further to 50 B.C.E. in Korea. It’s all in the name; ‘tae’ means kick, ‘kwon’ means punch, and ‘do’ means, well, doing things. So taekwondo means defending yourself with your whole body, it’s known as the art of the foot and hand. Fun fact: When Japan overtook Korea in the 1900’s, the Japanese declared taekwondo illegal. Japanese rebels practised the martial arts form in secret, and they’re the ones who kept taekwondo alive to this day.

 

Different Techniques Used

Taekwondo vs KarateSo what is the difference between Taekwondo vs Karate? It’s the difference between the two sides of your body, hands/arms and legs/feet. Karate means empty hands, pointing to the fact that it’s a martial arts form relying heavily on the use of your hands without weaponry. Karate emphasises mental strength and stamina because one of your only forms of protection in a karate fight is your mind. You’ll learn lots of hand techniques and combinations while keeping kicks on deck as a last resort. Karate is perfect for when you’re close to an opponent and need that hand-to-hand combat advantage.

On the other hand, taekwondo emphasizes the legs, chiefly because your leg is the strongest (and longest!) weapon you have on your body. Kicks in taekwondo are very powerful for striking your opponent. Students in taekwondo classes learn spin kicks and several different kicking combinations while using hand techniques when necessary. Taekwondo has more effectiveness at a distance because you can leverage the length of your legs against your opponent. Thus, is taekwondo the same as karate?

 

Competing in Taekwondo and Karate

Taekwondo vs KarateBoth karate and taekwondo are not only practical and effective martial arts forms, they provide opportunities for competition and advancement that will challenge you to grow. They both require serious mental and physical strength and stamina, just like other martial arts classes, which is why so many in Burwood enjoy the rewards of hard work paying off at belt ranking and in competition.

There is a difference between taekwondo and karate competition rules. Karate rules are a bit more complicated, while taekwondo rules are more straightforward. A karate student can strike to the head, neck, face, chest, side, abdomen, and back. The karate judges have a list of criteria that need to be followed for the match to be considered a win, like good form, accurate distance, and good timing. Taekwondo competitions are more to the point. In a taekwondo competition, a student gets 3 points for a kick to the head, 2 points for a spinning kick to the opponent’s torso, and one point for a basic attack on their torso. So, is karate and taekwondo the same?

In all honesty, karate or taekwondo can both get you super fit and in shape quickly. They’ll both teach you self-defence skills that you can use to defend yourself against an attacker. And they’ll both teach you to persevere, respect yourself and others, and gain confidence like never before. So which is better, Taekwondo vs Karate? We’ll show you in class, as the better one for self-defence is the one you do. Doing nothing will result in nothing! So come and try martial arts with our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu staff here in Burwood for yourself–you’ll love it!

SHARE THIS POST

About our Martial Arts programs

Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Mat Munchkins (Ages 3-5)
in Burwood

Discover why parents love our Gracie Bullyproof® Mat Munchkins program in Burwood. It's the perfect blend of gross motor skills, personal development, and character enrichment, and gives your little one an edge when they enter a busy school setting.
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why
Burwood Kids Gracie Bullyproof
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Little Champs Kids BJJ (Ages 5-7)
in Burwood

Gracie Bullyproof® Little Champs kids jiu-jitsu program teaches your child how to stand up for themselves through play. Our kids martial arts program in Burwood encourages kids to be their best selves with character development and self-defence! Try it for free and find out why so many families love and trust Gracie Jiu Jitsu Burwood.
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Jr. Grapplers Kids BJJ (Ages 8-12)
in Burwood

Our kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in Burwood are the perfect blend of self defence and FUN! Our Gracie Bullyproof® Jr. Grapplers Instructors will teach your child how to protect themselves while they learn coordination, focus, discipline, confidence, and perseverance.
Kids Gracie Bullyproof in Burwood
how to reduce anxiety
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Teen & Adult BJJ Beginner Classes
in Burwood

The two most common goals of our students are Fitness and Self-Defence, and Gracie Combatives® delivers both! It's time to change up your workout with our Adult Martial Arts Classes in Burwood and get the results you've been looking for.
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Women's Martial Arts Beginner Classes
in Burwood

Is it possible to get exercise, learn to defend yourself, have fun, and connect with other empowered women? It is, with Women Empowered®! Achieve your fitness goals PLUS learn to protect yourself with real-world self-defense in our Women's Braziian Jiu-JItsu (BJJ) classes in Burwood.
Women Empowered in Burwood
Women Empowered in Burwood
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Advanced BJJ for Adults
in Burwood

Welcome to the Master Cycle®, your journey from blue to black belt with the system created by the legendary Gracie family. Our Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are how you go from great to excellent, in a safe environment, with a structured curriculum. BJJ is not just a sport, it's a lifestyle!
INVITATION ONLY
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Teen & Adult Martial Arts - Striking Skills
in Burwood

Our Burwood Striking Skills Martial Arts program combines next-level fitness with next-level FUN- no more boring workouts! Our Striking Skills curriculum will help you build mobility, accuracy, range, hand-eye coordination , fluency and confidence.
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why
Taekwondo vs Karate
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Kids & Teens Black Belt Club
in Burwood

Combining confidence-raising fitness and life-changing self defense, our Black Belt Club teaches our passionate young students advanced techniques and fosters discipline, respect, courage, leadership, loyalty and compassion.
INVITATION ONLY
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

GC Reflex Development
in Burwood

Once you have completed each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons twice, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development classes where you will learn how to execute the 36 techniques in the combinations that are most likely to occur in a real fight.
INVITATION ONLY
adult Karate Class
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why
Taekwondo vs Karate: Which Martial Arts Style is Better and Why

Private Lessons
in Burwood

Students LOVE our private lessons in Burwood because they're so much more than self defense. Our classes help you get super fit, super fast and break a sweat every week. Plus, we're a big, goofy family here- you'll make tons of friends along the way!
INVITATION ONLY
Skip to content