Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning taekwondo and tattoos.
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Learn about Taekwondo and Tattoos The way of the foot and fist is the world’s most popular form of marshal art. Taekwondo is practiced by millions of people all over the world. From soldiers in the Korean military to school kids in America. Taekwondo was first studied in 50BC by asset of elite Korean soldiers who needed to be able to survive without weapons, survival skills, meditation and philosophy were all part of this Soobak training as it was called then. The tradition survived the Japanese occupation as it continued to be practiced by village folk in the guys of a kicking game. Today, Taekwondo is a major competitive Olympics sport. Thanks to American troops being sent to the Korean War in the 1950’s, the art made elite over to the United States where it grew exponentially in popularity. The kicking component of Taekwondo is what distinguishes the art from karate and kung fu. Upon commencement of training, expect to see increased flexibility and strength in the legs. These are where the largest muscle groups in the body are found. And thus, form the foundation for Taekwondo. Kicks and stances are learned by the student in the form of—they are practiced with bouts of sparring. Strolling is also used. Meditation is a part of Taekwondo practice and philosophy. And without this, breaking would probably not be possible. Breaking is when a practitioner focuses all of his strength into his arms or legs and they sit down on an inanimate object like a block of ice with the intention of breaking it. It takes rigorous training and discipline to accomplish this. There are 13 rankings or builts in Taekwondo, beginning with white which symbolizes the novice’s innocence moving through the colors to red which symbolizes the need for mastering self control with this new found knowledge and progressing ultimately to black which symbolizes the student’s mastery of fear and imperviousness to darkness. Take the Taekwondo challenge and join the tradition. Not so long ago, tattooing belong to the realm of sailors with jiggling mermaids only biceps and truck drivers proclaiming their love for—forever. However, tattoos has moved from the fringes to the rich and fabulous with taught young movie stars sporting tattoos on multiple body parts. Some are quite gorgeous like Angelina, some are big mistakes. Just ask Johnny Depp about winona actually not being forever. The worry something about tattooing is that eventhough it’s gained immense popularity over the last decade, the American FDA still refuses to step in and regulate the tools of the trade. Inks are largely regulated by local law. This is a problem since the quality of pigment can determine a tattoo’s outcome. And some people may suffer allergic reactions to particular colors. This would be because none of the inks have been approved for use on human skin yet. Some of the pigments are derived from paints used in the automobile and printing industries. Aside from the horrible red scaly reactions to colors which can occurs years after the date is done, there are a few other things to be aware of. Choose an ultra clean parlor with a god reputation because Hepatitis is forever. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t heal well from scarring, perhaps tattoos are best left on the page. Keloids and granulomas, in other words lumpy bits can form around the finished tattoo making it not quite as pretty as a picture. And what if you don’t like it? Removal is painful and costly. Think before you get ink. Acid, salt and powdered diamond can be used in an abrasive attempt to remove a tattoo. Ask a professional.