Tae kwon do is a Korean martial art which utilizes a combination of kicks, punches and blocks that were originally designed for self-defense. Tae kwon do gained popularity world-wide and competative tournaments became popular and eventually tae kwon do became an official medal event in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The popularity of competition has created two styles of tae kwon do, primarily a more traditional self-defense style and also a competitive style. At Shin's Martial Arts Institute, tae kwon do is taught with the greatest emphasis being on the more traditional, self-defense style. However, for students who do wish to compete, the competative style is also an option. Shin's Martial Arts Institute is a member of USA Taekwondo (USAT), the World Taekwondo Federation's (WTF) competition body in the United States. Regardless of which style a student practices, Tae Kwon Do students are taught respect, manners, self-discipline, honesty, responsibility, humility, graciousness and good sportsmanship. Tae Kwon Do is an excellent martial art for building strength, flexibility and coordination, and is outstanding for physical conditioning. At Shinís Martial Arts Institute, students progress at their own pace to maximize quality learning. Regardless of ability, students are encouraged to do their best while building self-confidence through their achievements. Students of all ages are welcome as our youngest students are 5 years old, and our oldest are in their 60ís.