History of Taekwondo
Taekwondo means ‘the way of the hand and foot’. It can be traced back to wall paintings of the KORUYO Dynasty on the Korean peninsula.
In the KORYO Dynasty the interest of martial martial arts was systemised and taught to the Korean military forces, who competed every year in tournaments.
During the YI Dynasty the systemised art of unarmed combat was published in two manuals of techniques, which have been used as a basis for the present day martial art of Taekwondo.
At the end of the Korean war in the 1950’s there was 5 major martial arts academies in Korea. They were Moodu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Chugdo Kwan and Songmu Kwan. These 5 bodies joined together and formed what is now the World Taekwondo Federation, based in Seoul, Korea.
Present Day Taekwondo
Taekwondo is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world. It embodies all the ancient philosophies of the art through discipline and the tenets of Taekwondo as well as all the modern aspects of a full Olympic sport.
The future of Taekwondo and its students is bright as it is an ever-changing sport with a martial art history.
Tenets of Taekwondo – Students are taught to learn all of the Tenets
Why people practice Taekwondo
Fitness of mind and body through exercise and personal development.
Stretching techniques used in Taekwondo improve peoples flexibility and freedom of movement. No more pains trying to tie your shoe laces!
Concentration on controlled movements improves co-ordination of limbs.
Relaxation – The Taekwondo workout during lessons helps to unwind the stresses of the day.
Social – Many people practice Taekwondo from all age ranges and fitness levels.
Although Taekwondo sounds serious people enjoy the workout and gain a great sense of achievement.