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Tae Kwon Do

Tae means "foot" or "kicking".

Kwon means "fist" or "punching".

Do means "way of life, way of learning".

Taekwondo is a Korean Martial art designed for the purpose of self-defense. It is a modern martial art from Korea that is characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. The art of Taekwondo develops posture, graceful movement, excellent coordination, and attention to detail.  Some people perceive Taekwondo as a way of life. For them, it involves discipline, technique and mental training, resulting in a strong sense of confidence, spirit and character.  Taekwondo uses 70% leg and 30%  hand to develop both mind and body.  Due to its popularity, Taekwondo is practiced all over the world and is an official  Olympic sport.


              • Balance
              • Concentration
• Coordination
              • Discipline
• Endurance
              • Fitness
• Flexibility
              • Positive attitude
• Self-confidence
              • Self-esteem
• Speed
              • Strength
• Stress relief


Amateur Video link of Florida State Competition 2011


Taekwondo has an estimated five thousand year history.  Martial arts in Korea originated through the necessity of the Koreans to defend themselves against other countries and wild animals.  Before modern weapons were developed, it was necessary for the Koreans to defend themselves with their bare hands.  Martial arts were also used for hunting and for physical exercise.  The forms and movements of animals were mimicked to develop defensive and offensive methods and were integrated into Taekwondo.


                        Muye Dobo Tongi (1790) Early classic marial arts in Korea

Approximately 2000 years ago, there was a military, educational, and social organization called “Hwa Rang Do”. The organization followed several principles:  Loyalty to the country, Respect and Obedience to one’s parents, Courage in battle and Discretion in using violence and taking life.  Only youths and noble families were allowed membership.  This organization developed and practiced techniques that can be called the root of today’s Taekwondo.  When Japan occupied Korea in 1909, the Japanese forbade all Korean cultural activity, speaking the Korean language, and practice of any kind of martial art. This was a very difficult period for Korea, although there were masters and students who continued to practice Taekwondo in secrecy.  After Korea regained independence in 1945, the cultural and social aspect of the country began to return to normal, and the Taekwondo techniques began to improve.

September 16th, 1961: The Taekwondo Association was formed.

January 17th, 1971:  Kim Un Yong was elected as the President of the Taekwondo Association.

May 28th, 1973: The World Taekwondo Federation was established.

 July 17th, 2000:  The International Olympic Committee admitted the World Taekwondo Federation as an official member.