Let’s learn Taekwondo! Taekwondo is a form of martial arts that originates from Korea. The word Taekwondo is often translated as ‘the way of hand and foot’. It is known for its fast, high, and spinning kicks. It was added as a sport to the Summer Olympic Games in 2000.
Taekwondo’s origins are in ancient martial arts practiced in Korea over 2,000 years ago. Various forms of this sport have been practiced over the centuries. When the Japanese occupied Korea, they had forbidden the practice of any martial arts, but it was still done in secret. After the Japanese left in the 1940s, the martial arts started thriving again, but there were several different forms being followed. An army general by the name of General Choi helped unify and standardize these forms in 1955 and gave it the name Taekwondo. So for a two thousand year old art, Taekwondo has a very young name!
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