Tae Kwon Do
What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is a martial art and sport that without the use of weapons, teaches the particular techniques for defense and offense. Regardless of age or sex, tae-kwon-do teaches the practitioner to use his/her hands and feet in any defensive situation.
The development of tae-kwon-do can be traced back about 2,000 years ago to the country known today as Korea. Tae Kwon Do can literally mean the “hand”, “foot”, “way of self defense” and “the way of life”.
Through rigorous training, Tae Kwon Do enables the practitioner to defend himself and build self confidence. A self-confident person is honest and generous. The development of physical and mental self-confidence is beneficial not only to the individual, but to his family, community, and the country.
Tae-kwon-do training consists of Poomse (forms), Gyoroogi (sparring), and Kyukpa, the technique of breaking a solid object such as a board or brick.
Tae-kwon-do is a modern, international, amateur sport that remains steeped in its Korean traditions. All modern world championships are supported and conducted under auspices of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF), which has its headquarters at the Kukkiwon in Seoul, Korea.
Today more than 180 countries (consisting of about 100 million practitioners) are members of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.