“The Way of the Hand and Foot”
What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is an ancient Korean martial art. Many people practice Taekwondo for its self-defense benefits, but it is also an art and is studied and appreciated for its beauty and grace of movement. The spiritual aspect of Taekwondo is found in its philosophy of self-restraint, kindness and humility.
Traditional Taekwondo is the original style which differs from modernized forms and other martial arts in several ways: no physical contact is allowed in free sparring, it is more aerobic in training than other styles, and the emphasis is on each student’s own improvement rather than on competition with others.

Who can learn Taekwondo?

Children, teens, adults and seniors can all learn Taekwondo and enjoy its many benefits. Since emphasis is on personal growth rather than on competition, people of all ages and backgrounds find Taekwondo satisfying and challenging. In addition, because Taekwondo requires such diverse skills, students can specialize with the art and develop their own area of expertise and enjoyment.

Specialties include: free-sparring which requires quickness, endurance and athletic technique; forms which focus on precision and patterns; self-defense which emphasizes escapes and defense techniques; and breaking which demonstrates power and requires speed accuracy and strength.

What are the goals of Taekwondo?

Unlike other sports where the primary goal is to defeat an opponent or set a record, a true martial art does not emphasize competition with others. The primary goal of Taekwondo is to help each student develop physically and mentally to his or her full potential.

Physical Fitness

Taekwondo offers a vigorous and challenging workout. Through conditioning exercises involving the entire body, Taekwondo promotes quickness, strength, flexibility and endurance. Its emphasis on technique and body-control also provide invaluable training for those active in other sports from soccer and hockey to tennis and golf.

Mental Discipline

The body and the mind work together in Taekwondo to deliver powerful, timely and effective techniques. As a result, Taekwondo is as challenging mentally as it is physically. Improved focus and concentration are two benefits which result from the study and practice of Taekwondo.


By mastering many different skills at each level, students learn to set and achieve personal goals. The positive experiences, together with the confidence they gain from becoming physically fit and mentally sharp, combined to give them self-confidence, pride, and a positive outlook when faced with life’s challenges.


” Kyosanim Daniel began training in Traditional Taekwondo in 2009 under Kwan Jang-Nim Gerhard Brunner, and with his support, opened the first Traditional Taekwondo Center in Palm Harbor, Florida in 2014. He is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt and has been a member of a National Championship demo team. He has attended many domestic and international training camps and seminars in his study of the art of Taekwondo. “Taekwondo is a style of martial arts that conditions and strengthens the mind, body, and spirit. Since day 1 of my training with Master Brunner I have been inspired. I was immediately impressed by the energy in the room. Practicing martial arts fills me with motivation and purpose. I hold myself to a higher personal standard, because when you focus on exactly what you want in life, you can accomplish anything. My goal is to teach and inspire my students by passing on to them what Taekwondo training has given me.”

“As I continue on my path through martial arts, I want to push my students to become the best version of themselves and share with them the many benefits that Taekwondo has to offer.”

Master Brunner

Kwan Jang-Nim Gerhard Brunner was born in Munich, Germany and has been practicing Taekwondo for 42 years. He is currently a 7th Dan black belt and has been teaching for over 37 years. Master Brunner has gained international recognition and numerous awards throughout the years, including the Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Traditional Leadership. After establishing nine schools in Germany he opened the first Traditional Taekwondo Center in Tampa, Florida in 1997. Master Brunner was the first certified Kimoodo instructor in the United States.

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