@cellmania: Karate and tae kwon do are the two most common martial arts being practiced in the United States.
Karate was developed in Japan after some influences from the Chinese martial arts. Tae kwon do was developed in Korea. It is often referred to as Korean karate. Tae kwon do uses the white uniform and the colored belt as a ranking system. Tae kwon do is the official sport of South Korea.
Both tae kwon do and karate are forms of self-defense and self-discipline. They both promote morals, ethics, and a way towards spiritual enlightenment. The word “tae kwon do” is a Korean term that is used to describe a martial art that emphasizes kicking as the primary weapon. Tae kwon do puts a bigger emphasis on less punching, throwing, sweeping, and submissions. They use high, fast kicking.
For the most part, the two are very similar.