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Taekwondo History – Where does Taekwondo come from?

A brief overview:

Archeological findings in Korea have revealed that a primitive form of Taekwondo was practiced as far back as 2000 years ago. During the long and embattled history of Korea, Taekwondo (originally called Subak and Takyon) evolved from a survival fighting system to a complete martial art. It became the ethical, mental and physical foundation of the discipline of the Hwarang, the legendary warrior knights of the Silla Dynasty.

Through the centuries the Korean peninsula was often attacked and invaded by neighbouring countries, however the fierce spirit of the Korean people was never crushed, and the art of Taekwondo was preserved. When invaders outlawed Taekwondo, its practice was kept alive secretly, and handed down and strengthened through familial and monastical lines.

In the early 1950’s, many Associations were formed to revitalise, organise and promote the ancient Martial Arts of Korea. In 1965, the Korea Taekwondo Association was recognised by the government as the organisation to bring together the different schools and styles into one. Taekwondo has become the first national sport of Korea, and is now included in the school curriculum from first grade to college, and is required practice for the Police and Military.

Today, Taekwondo is a traditional martial art, scientific self-defence system, and a modern sport practiced by over 40 million people in 150 countries.