First, Taekwondo is an ever evolving art. No one could ever learn or master all of its aspects. However, this is a goal that will keep you practicing forever.
Second, Taekwondo is the most practiced martial art in the world, and has a very extensive development system for practitioners to remain lifelong practitioners. Each country has several national teams that compete against other nations, as well as military exclusive competitions for those in the armed forces. Children and teens compete in the Junior Olympics for a chance to join their country’s Junior National Teams. Collegiate level practitioners compete at the Collegiate Nationals to join the Collegiate National Team. Those 18 and up can compete both nationally and internationally for an opportunity to represent their county on the Senior National Team, or on the biggest competitive stage of all; the Olympics. Even those who are not athletes, or have no desire to compete, have opportunities on the local, regional, national, or international levels to coach and/or referee. These highly respected officials in the Taekwondo community are responsible for how Taekwondo is governed and practiced today. No matter the age, no matter the ability, and no matter the nationality Taekwondo has something to offer for all.