10 Facts About Tae Kwon Do
If you’re interested in beginning a martial arts program for yourself or your child, you might find yourself wondering: What is Tae Kwon Do? Why is it written in so many different variations? What makes Tae Kwon Do stand apart from the rest? If these thoughts have crossed your mind, or if you’re just interested in learning a little bit about Tae Kwon Do, check out these 10 facts about Tae Kwon Do:
- Tae Kwon Do is loosely translated to “by the way of foot and fist.” “Tae” meaning “foot,” “leg,” or “to step on”; “kwon” meaning “fist,” or “fight”; and “do” meaning “the way” or “discipline.”
- Tae Kwon Do is also written as Taekwondo or Taekwon-Do. If you’re wondering why there are various ways to write Tae Kwon Do, you’re not alone! We will explain the reasoning behind these variations further in an upcoming blog post.
- In taekwondo, hands and feet can be used to overcome an opponent, but the trademark of the sport is its combination of kick movements.
- Taekwondo not only focuses on teaching physical fighting skills, but it demonstrates ways of enhancing the mind, body, and spirit.
- Taekwondo originated in Korea and its historical roots date all the way back to Korea’s Three-Kingdom era (57 BC – 668 AD). However, Taekwondo as an organized art is relatively modern. The history of Taekwondo is quite complicated and can be better explained in this video.
- Modern Day Taekwondo was officially established on April 11th, 1955 when the name was officially approved by the first Korean president.
- In 1962, Taekwondo was officially introduced to the United States when Jhoon Goo Rhee opened up his first American School in Washington DC. He is often recognized as the “father of American Taekwondo.”
- After making its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, Taekwondo became an official medal sport in the Olympics at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Be sure to tune in this summer for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- Taekwondo is 1 of 2 Asian Martial Arts included in the Olympic Games.
- Taekwondo competition typically involves sparring, breaking, patterns, and self-defense (hosinsul). In Olympic taekwondo competition, however, only sparring (using WTF competition rules) is performed.
We hope you enjoyed reading these facts about Tae Kwon Do! If you live in Metro Detroit (MI) and are interested in beginning or continuing Tae Kwon Do, contact us at Fifth Circle Martial Arts for your free trial session. All ages and experience levels are invited to join us!