“The most difficult part of traditional Taekwondo is not learning the first kick or punch. It is not struggling to remember the motions of a poomsae or becoming acquainted with Korean culture. Rather, it is taking the first step across the threshold of the dojang door. This is where roads diverge, where choices are made that will resonate throughout a lifetime.”
― Doug Cook, Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence
WHAT DOES TAEKWONDO MEAN?
TAE 태 跆 – “to stomp”, “feet”
KWON 권 拳 – “to punch”, “fist”
DO 도 道 – “discipline”, “way”
“The Way of the Hand and Foot”
TAEKWONDO BY THE NUMBERS
MEMBER COUNTRIES – 208
PEOPLE PRACTICING – OVER 80 MILLION
BLACK BELT HOLDERS – OVER 4 MILLION
TAEKWONDO STUDIOS IN KOREA – OVER 10,000
5 TENETS OF TAEKWONDO
예의 (ye ui)
백주불굴 (baek ju bul gul)
염치 (yeom chi)
극기 (guk gi)
인내 (in nae)
1. I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do
2. I shall respect my instructor and seniors
3. I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do
4. I shall be a champion of freedom & justice
5. I shall build a more peaceful world.
1940’s – 1950’s
FIRST SCHOOLS ESTABLISHED
Shortly after WWII, martial arts schools, named “kwan appear, but each kwan practices their own style of martial arts.
South Korean President Syngman Rhee urges that the martial arts styles of the kwans be merged and standardized.
1959 – 1966
KTA AND ITF ESTABLISHED
Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA) is established to facilitate the unification of Korean martial arts.
In 1966, Choi Hong Hi establishes International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF), a separate entity incorporating his own style.
WORLD TAEKWONDO FEDERATION
World Federation of Tae Kwon Do Is Established, with Kukkiwon 국기원 as headquarter.
Taekwondo becomes an official medal event at the 2000 games in Sydney.