Taekwondo has been featured in many movies by prominent Hollywood celebrities like Jean Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan, and Chuck Norris.
Let’s know some more about this combat sport.
1. Taekwondo is a martial art form, originated in Korea. Being Korea’s national sport, its military gets training in Taekwondo.
2. Taekwondo is set apart by its punching and kicking techniques and its insistence on head-height kicks, jumping-spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.
3. The meaning of Taekwondo is TAE: “destroy with the feet,” KWON: “to punch,” and DO: “way of”. Taekwondo thus focuses on attacking and defending with hands and feet anytime, anywhere, without equipping any weapon.
4. Started in 1945, after World War 2 and the Japanese occupation, Kwans (martial arts schools) opened in Seoul (Korea). Each Kwan in Korea was following its unique fighting style. In 1955, the leaders of the Kwans discussed a possibility to unite all the unique fighting styles practised at different Kwans.
5. The united fighting style was called Tang Soo Do initially. General Choi Hong Hi suggested changing the name from Tang Soo Do to Taekwondo. He has been said as the Father of Taekwondo, and he also went on to find the International Taekwondo Federation.
6. Like in Judo, Taekwondo follows a Belt Ranking System. The knowledge of the fighter can be estimated by the colour of the belt he/she holds. There are 6 belts in Taekwondo: white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black (White being the beginner level and black being the master level).
7. Taekwondo is an Olympic sport, added as a demonstration event in 1988 but was given a medal status in 2000. It is one of two martial art sports in the Olympics, the other being judo.
8. Instructors of Taekwondo separated themselves from ITF and formed the World Taekwondo Federation. Later, its name was changed to World Taekwondo.
9. Taekwondo has gained worldwide popularity as it’s practised in many parts of the world. More than 70 million people practice Taekwondo all over the globe.
Well, hasn’t it always been your wild dream to master a martial art form and fight the bad guys? With disciplined practise, maybe you can!
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