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What is Tae Kwon-Do

Taekwon-do is a modern Korean martial art characterised by fast high jumping spinning kicks and quick foot work . It is an all round program that offers self defence training , physical exercise and artistic impression literally translated "Tae" means kick with the foot . “Kwon” meaning to strike with the hand and “Do” meaning the way or the art!

Although Taekwon-do is a relatively modern martial art its origins and evolution can be traced back over 3000 years of Korean history, martial arts have been an integral part of Korean culture and heritage, improved and passed down from teacher to student for centuries. After the end of the Japanese’s occupation of Korea at the end of the second world war there was an insurgence of national pride that led Korean martial artist’s to renew thier links to Koreans ancient martial arts this leading to the development of a new martial art which was officially name Taekwon-do in 1955

Today Koreans practice Tae kwon-do in their military training as well as in school as a way to build a strong sense of justice fortitude and humility, the martial art not only develops the physical being but it also develops the character , honour and integrity of the individual , these moral aspects develop unconsciously while student train in the physical aspects of Taekwon-do as it is an art that uses only bare hands and feet with no weaponry at all

Due to the numerous kicks and many such variations it has become know as the kicking martial art and has become a modern international amateur and Olympic sport

Taekwando is also a form of physical fitness, the training required to perfect each techniques requires muscular exercise of the whole body the techniques look easy but take time to learn , it takes concentration and effort to attain perfection of the mind and body must work in unison for the technique to be effective

It has now become one of the most popular arts in the world as it has been a full medal sport in the Olympics since 2000, however it popularity is mainly due to its spectacular techniques and its being fun for all ages to learn and perform

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