Tae Kwon-Do is the Korean martial art that originated as “Tae Kyon” over 1,3000 years ago during the Silla Dynasty in Korea. Tae Kyon was taught and practiced among the youths of the Hwarang-Do, who were hand-picked to be trained as military leaders of the Silla, one of the three ruling kingdoms of Korea at that time. Tae Kyon’s effectiveness was enhanced after it developed hand techniques at the turn of the 20th century when Karate was introduced from China.
Modern Tae Kwon-Do was perfected and given its name by Gen. Choi Hong Hi on 11th April 1955 to supersede the ancient Korean fighting arts. It is an effective form of combat and its techniques are widely used by military and law enforcement officers. It has also been recognized as an official Olympic sport.
“Tae” means “to jump or kick or smash with the feet,” “Kwon” means “to block, punch, strike or smash with the hand or fist,” and “Do” means “an art or way”. Thus “Tae Kwon-Do” means the “Foot Fist Way”.
Tae Kwon-Do is an unarmed self-defence system involving the skilled application of techniques that include punches, strikes, kicks, blocks, dodges and interceptions with the bare hands, arms and feet, to swiftly overpower an opponent. A Tae Kwon-Do student is trained to utilize their full body potential to execute its techniques with devastating effect. Tae Kwon-Do training is not merely confined to mastery of techniques; it will result in the acquiring of high speed, concentration, reaction force breath control and most important, a calm mind. It instils a spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and the ideal of a noble moral character. Tae Kwon-Do also cultivates the virtues of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit.
These factors combined create the great physical power that the Tae Kwon-Do student strives to achieve, and all of these factors can only be mastered through regular and concerted practice
Posted: Sun 24 Aug 2008