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What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo (also known as Tae Kwon Do) is a self-defense discipline that originated in Korea at least 2,000 years ago. Some people refer to this martial art as Korean Karate. The word Taekwondo describes the martial art: Tae (foot), Kwon (fist or hand), Do (art or way or discipline).

For us at Akula, Taekwondo is a discipline, a sport, and a way of life. Consistent, long-term training of body and mind enhances our spirits and lives. No two journeys are identical, but as we move along our paths as martial artists, we develop the indomitable spirit needed to stand in the face of adversity and overcome any obstacle in our way.

Who practices Taekwondo?

There are 70 million Taekwondo practitioners across 200 countries. In 2000, Taekwondo became an official Olympic sport. This makes Taekwondo the most popular martial art in the world. Practicing Taekwondo and Karate helps people thrive in difficult times, such as during COVID-19.

What’s the difference between Taekwondo and Karate?

Taekwondo shares some features with Karate, Tang Soo Do, Aikido, Hapkido, Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu. However, Taekwondo is unique because it develops a state of mind which is controlled, humble, and kind. The sport focuses on kicks, punches, self-defense, sparring, breaking, forms, and flexibility. Thus, students are taught how to be physically powerful and develop mental fortitude.

  • Taekwondo puts a heavier emphasis on kicks than karate and uses hands as backup.
  • Karate uses many more hand attacks, so legs often stay grounded. Conversely, Taekwondo uses a different leg stance because the body needs to be ready to perform fast kicks.

Why is our martial arts school called Akula Taekwondo?

Owner, Founder and Head Instructor, Joseph Tegler, has Ukrainian heritage and loves fishing, snorkeling, and water-skiing–pretty much everything on and in the water. When choosing a name for his school, he gave a nod to his Ukrainian heritage and to his love of the sea. Sharks are amazing animals: strong, smart, fast, and brave. Plus, Akula is a cool name. 🙂

A World Taekwondo School

Learn Taekwondo–a Traditional Martial Art

Martial Arts Classes in Novi Michigan South LyonAkula Taekwondo is a great school for those new to the martial arts. Our instructors make learning fun by enthusiastically engaging students while drawing out the appropriate level of effort. By challenging the students properly, we maximize the students progress and self confidence.

Our Taekwondo instructors are truly incredible with all ages, from preschool to adults. Stop in and you will quickly conclude that we have a program that will grow your self confidence, increase athleticism and fitness, and develop a superior sense of self.

Competitive Taekwondo

Akula Taekwondo’s poomsae and sparring curriculum follows World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) rules and guidelines. We train serious practitioners of the art who intend to compete at state and national tournaments.

Learn Self-Defense

If you’re looking for real-world self defense classes in southeast Michigan, Akula Taekwondo is where you go. We teach practical self defense techniques to girls, boys, teens, and adults.

Owner/Head Instructor

Five Tenets of Taekwondo

The Five Tenets of Taekwondo guide everything we do. Through Taekwondo training, we cultivate these traits within ourselves. By offering Taekwondo instruction, we inspire our martial arts students to live these tenets of Taekwondo.





Indomitable Spirit

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Akula Taekwondo

41430 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375

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