Like karate, taekwondo belts are graded
color as students progress, with ultimate
mastery achieved here in the black belt.
or tae kwon do (literally, "foot fist way") has a long
that dates back to 50 B.C. when its precursor,Taek
Kyon, was first practiced in Korea.
during the Japanese occupation of Korea the complete outlawing
of martial arts resulted in the destruction of many books that
documented the ancient forms.
practice of taekowndo may be more influenced by Chinese and Japanese
practices than the historical Korean martial arts.
debate is ongoing, and without texts to document the development
of Korean martial arts, your own personal point of view probably
determines which historical details you intuit to be true.
or "TDK" has become the most popular and most practiced
of martial arts
fun to watch as it is hard to master! There are two modern forms.
One taught by the WTF and one by the ITF. Although there are many
similarities between the two, there are also substantial differences.
In 2000, Tae Kwon Do was officially recognized as an Olympic
tenets of Tae Kwon Do are key elements in competition.
As its name
implies, taekwondo mixes self defense with grace & beauty,
and in practice is completely devoid of supernatural flying kicks
or extreme aggression as depicted in Hollywood or Asian
on the Web, find out more about TDK including more information
on its history, practical resources for beginners, professional
competition schedules, suggested reading, and inspirational quotes
for millions of adherents worldwide, who have come to think of
taekwondo as more than just a sport but a philosophy of life ...
Taekwondo Federation - WTF is an international governing body with information
on the sport's history & philosophy, official rules & regulations, events
& competitions calendar, related news, photo galleries, online bulletin board.
- ITF is also a worldwide clearinghouse for facts, advice, tips & information
with in-depth articles on Tae Kwon Do theory, practice, tenets and philosophy,
suggested videos and books in the online shop, related links.
Kwon Do Network - One-stop browsing for a complete overview, historical
facts & timeline, an extensive link list of Taekwondo federations & associations
worldwide, suggested reading, online shop.
- Good, general overview of moves & kicks featured in the
sport with related pictures plus rules of Olympic competition
and a great link list to more information, from Wikipedia. [The
complete history of this martial art is a point of contention
and has led to a sometimes interesting unending dispute
between the editors at Wikipedia.]