TAEKWON-DO IS A
KOREAN MARTIAL ART

Characterized by its Emphasis on Head-Height Kicks, Jumping and Spinning Kicks, and Fast Kicking Techniques.

HOW WAS TAEKWON-DO FOUNDED

Taekwondo was developed following it's naming in 1955 when General Choi sought a unified name and developed a unified system to combine earlier systems practiced by Koreans so it could be taught and learned on a wide scale.

The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. The main international organizational bodies for taekwondo today are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), founded by Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the partnership of the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo (WT, formerly WTF), founded in 1972 and 1973 respectively by the Korea Taekwondo Association. Gyeorugi ([kjʌɾuɡi]), a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. The governing body for taekwondo in the Olympics and Paralympics is World Taekwondo.

 

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