Everyone who’s trained in the martial arts knows that the Cobra Kai’s portrayal of the martial arts life is highly dramatized. We decided to look at what’s real, and what’s not, in the Netflix series Cobra Kai.
Martial artists often generate an impressive and intimidating shout when throwing a kick or strike. In Taekwondo, we call this sound a kihap (sometimes spelled kihup, kiai, or kyup). Yelling forces us to exhale, removing air from our diaphragms and bringing more power and speed to our attacks. It also forces a subsequent inhale, which brings oxygen into our bodies. In tournaments, the powerful yell helps judges to recognize when a strike is landed.
Taekwondo helps students thrive in tough times. When we are happy and healthy, it is easy to be on our best behavior: kind, generous, motivated, disciplined, and productive. But during tough times, stress, anxiety, and disappointments can wear us down. When martial artists tap into the inner resources they develop through Taekwondo training, they make the best of difficult situations.
Taekwondo’s Belt System has been an important part of Taekwondo tradition since the 1940s. Students and practitioners are honored with belts and ranks for being disciplined, skilled, and dedicated to their art. At Akula Taekwondo, we encourage students to learn and hone martial arts skills, develop mental focus and physical fitness, and enjoy the journey to black belt.
Taekwondo is a Korean Martial art, now practiced around the world–including at Akula Taekwondo in Novi, Michigan. Learning Korean terminology as part of Taekwondo practice enhances the students’ study of this Martial Art. Incorporating Korean words and philosophy is also provides an opportunity for learning some history and culture. This is another way that Taekwondo training engages body and mind.