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Taekwondo v. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu - Which Martial Art Is Better For Self Defense Training In Traverse

Traverse City area residents are very involved in martial arts. Traverse City is the hot bed for martial arts in Northern Michigan. There are several martial art studios and gyms in Traverse City. Two of the top art forms in Northern Michigan are Taekwondo (a.k.a. Korean Karate) and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (the gentle art). Each of these Traverse City martial arts are great in their own right. The question for this blog is which is best for self defense on the streets of Traverse City?

Taekwondo (or Korean Karate) is a powerful self defense art form

Born in Korea, Taekwondo was forged in the fighting ways of the old warriors. Taekwondo literaly means "foot, fist, way" and is figuratively translated as "the art of kicking and punching." Taekwondo uses strong kicks, punches, blocks and devastating footwork to disable an attacker. Taekwondo is an Olympic Sport and headquartered in Seoul South Korea at the Kukkiwon. The United States center for Taekwondo ( is in Colorado Springs at the Olymic Training Center. To be readily adapted to real self defense the martial art in question must be simple, powerful and capable of being performed under pressure. A Traverse City martial artists would be well served to be trained in Korean Karate. Traverse City women can rely on Taekwondo's devastating long range kicks for effective self defense weapons.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu offers great self defense for Traverse City kids, teens & adults

Founded in Brazil, BJJ as it is often c