A sport which can help you to become as strong as superman, as loyal as your best friend, as brave as your brother and as wise as your grandpa. Today, ladies and gentlemen, I will bring you to the world of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo is derived from the Korean word "Tae" meaning foot, "Kwon" which means fist and "Do" meaning way of. So, literally Taekwondo means "the way of the foot and fist". It is a martial art with an ancient history. In its modern form it was systematized by General Choi Hong Hi in 1954-1955. At the beginning of the New Era the Korean Peninsula was divided into three kingdoms- the Koguryo in the Northern part, Paekche- in the South-Eastern and Silla in the South-Western one. That’s why that historical time it was called the Period of the Three Kingdom. After the end of Silla dynasty, the new united state of Koryo was established. In that period there were constant wars and martial arts became important and the most popular of them was Subak. Te Kion, Subak and Sirum were the initial forms of Taekwondo. In 1910 the occupation of the army of Japan conquered Korea. That time the national Korean martial arts were banned totally. Just to a small part of privileged men and the Koreans who were cadets in Japanese military. Despite the prohibition under death penalty the Korean martial arts flourished. A great contribution for the development of the modern Taekwondo was General Choi Hong Hi. In 1959 he founded the Korean Taekwondo Association. That was the time when Taekwondo was introduced to the world. On September 4, 1994 a dream becomes reality! Taekwondo became an official Olympic sport.
Taekwondo is not just a physical practice or sport. It is a martial art- a whole system of physical exercises, spiritual development and philosophical principles. The concept of Taekwondo is the union of mind and spirit aiming self-perfection. When a man is heartily involved in his self-development and analyses his acts, then it comes the real...
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