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Taekwondo

Originated in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art of self-defense in which the competitors use both their hands and feet. In ancient times, Koreans practiced Taekwondo as a mandatory preparation for war.
With the passage of time, Taekwondo gradually became a folk sport. In 1971, it was designated as Korea’s national sport. In 1973, the 1st World Taekwondo Championship were held in Seoul, and in 1980, the IOC adopted it as an official event of the Olympic Games. It has grown into an international sport with around 100 million participants globally.
Muju, Jeollabuk-do Province, where Taekwondowon was established, hosted the 2017 Muju WTF World Taekwondo Championships.
Taekwondo stresses the importance of spiritual discipline, and for this reason, it enjoys popularity among both men and women. The South Korean government assists with the dispatching of Taekwondo masters worldwide. Active UN Peacekeeping Forces teach Taekwondo to local residents in disputed territories, where they are stationed. In many parts of the world, Taekwondo is viewed as a symbol of South Korea. As for its educational effects associated with spiritual discipline and tenacity, Taekwondo is emerging as an option for the treatment of young people suffering from addictions.

Taekkyeon

One of the surviving traditional martial arts developed in Korea, Taekkyeon, which is quite different from Taekwondo, used to be known by several different names such as Gakhui (“sport of legs”) and Bigaksul (“art of flying legs”), although such names suggest that it is related with the movement of kicking. Like most other martial arts in which weapons are not used, Taekkyeon is aimed at improving one’s self-defense techniques and promoting physical and mental health through the practice of orchestrated dance-like bodily movements, using the feet and legs in particular. Contestants are encouraged to focus more on defense than on offense and to throw the opponent to the ground using their hands and feet or jump up and kick him in the face to win a match.

Source: Korean Culture and Information Service 'Facts about Korea'

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Farah Dineva
3 months ago

Have you guys ever heard about K-Tigers taekwondo? K-tigers is the popular taekwondo demo team established in 1990. Their team includes man, woman, and children. Now, they have around 60 members in the team. The reason why they are popular is because they combine taekwondo and anmu/dance which is known as "taekwonmu". Nowadays, while performing they will combine taekwondo moves with popular Kpop songs. It's really fun to watch their performances. You can check them out through their youtube channel: K-Tigers. South Korea is really creative in promoting their cultural assets!

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact8 Tang Soo Do – Tang Soo Do is a martial arts style that is similar to Taekwondo and Karate. Won Hwa Do – Won Hwa Do (or WonHwaDo) is a Korean martial arts known for its circular techniques

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact7 Hapkido – Hapkido is a Korean martial arts style focused on punches, kicks, throws and joint locks. Hwa Rang Do – Hwa Rang Do is a Korean martial arts that includes sparring, self-defense, weapons training and grappling. Kuk Sool Won – Kuk Sool Won is a martial arts focused on strikes, kicks, grappling, joint locks, weapons training and healing techniques. Kyuk Too Ki – Korean kickboxing. Sibpalki – Sibpalki is a martial arts that teaches close combat skills that were utilized in the late 1700s.Soo Bahk Do® – Soo Bahk Do® is a Korean martial arts that grew out of Tang Soo Do.Ssireum – Ssireum is a martial arts focused on wrestling.Taekkyeon – Taekkyeon is a martial arts focused on low kicks, leg sweeps, trips, pushes, etc.Taekwondo – Taekwondo is a martial arts style focused primarily on punches, blocks, strikes and kicks (i.e. spinning hook kick).

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact6 Gongkwon Yusul – Gongkwon Yusul is a hybrid martial arts that includes elements from Hapkido, Jujutsu, Judo and Boxing. Gungsol – Gongsul is a Korean martial arts focused on traditional archery techniques. Haidong Gumdo – Haidong Gumdo is a martial arts focused on sword techniques. It contains elements similar to Kenjutsu and Iaido. Han Mu Do – Han Mu Do (or Hanmudo) is a Korean martial arts style. It is seen as a “smoother” and more “open hand” cousin to Hapkido. Hanmudo students also train with weapons.

Alex Fong
3 months ago

I want to introduce Ssireum. I actually had no idea what the sport was but I like watching variety shows. I discovered Ssireum from a famous MC, Kang HoDong. Through him I learned more about the traditional Korean sport. It later came up in other variety shows where I recognized it immediately. Thanks for teaching me Kang HoDong MC~

Harriet Wilson
3 months ago

The master of Korean Ssireum, Lee Man-gi, is a former Ssireum player with 47 brilliant winning experiences, including 10 winnings at Cheonhajangsa, 7 winnings at Hallajangsa, and 19 winnings at Baekdusanjangsa!!!

Alselin Adiba
3 months ago

Taekwondo athlete from Korea is Lee Dea Hoon, Kim So Hui, Lee An Reum, Jang Jun, Yun Ji Hye, Oh Hye Ri, Kim Tae Hun, Hwang Kyung Seon, Moon Dae Sung, and Cha Dong Min.

Alselin Adiba
3 months ago

Taekwondo Taekwonndo is a martial art that uses science effectively as self-protection. Taek Wondero itself prefers foot attacks, because feet are a strong and easy-to-move body part. taekwondo is the result of a long history in South Korea. In Taekwondo, in his character he emphasizes kicks that are high in the head, turning kicks with fast kicks. The taekwondo martial art which is under the auspices of the world taekwondo federation has now developed into an international martial art and has more than 190 countries in the world. In 1975, the American Amateur Athletes Association (PAA) accepted taekwondo as an official sport. Taekwondo was recognized by the General Association of the International Sports Federation and the International Military Sports Council in 1976. Taekwondo itself has been competed in the Asian Game in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea and as in previous performances, taekwondo is now also part of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

Danielle Steel
3 months ago

Kang Ho-dong, Korea's most famous host , is a former Ssireum athlete, a traditional Korean sport.

Philip Stanhope
3 months ago

My Korean friends said that boys must learn Taekwondo when they were kids, and piano for girls. Is it still like that nowadays?