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Universal Martial Arts :: What is Taekwon-Do?

What is Taekwon-Do?

Translated from Korean:


Taekwon-Do is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in the Orient. Taekwon-Do became perfected in its present form in Korea.

Taekwon-Do was officially founded in Seoul, South Korea by Major General Choi Hong Hi 9th DAN in 1955

Although a relatively new martial art, modern Taekwon-Do is based on the Korean arts of Soo-Bak & Taek Kyon, and these arts date back over 2000 years. The best hand techniques from Japanese & Okinawan systems were also added to the spectacular foot techniques of the indigenous Korean arts to make one of the most effective & dynamic martial arts in the world.

Literally Translated Taekwon-Do means “The Way of the Foot & Hand”

Consisting of around 3,500 techniques, Taekwon-Do teaches the student to employ the hands and feet as tools of personal protection.

ITF Taekwon-Do teaches scientific principles allowing the students to develop tremendous power with minimum effort, thus allowing a small person to defend themselves against a larger, stronger aggressor.

The Tenets of Taekwon-Do

Taekwon-Do places equal emphasis on the importance of spiritual as well as physical training. All the years of hard training would mean nothing without the proper adherence to modesty and propriety - which are the very essence of oriental philosophy.

Students are encouraged to go beyond the technical aspects of the art and establish a lifestyle based on a solid code of morality.

Taekwon-Do is based on five tenets:





Self Control

Indomitable Spirit


Taekwon-Do is more than just the effective use of attacking & defensive techniques, true martial arts also enrich the spirit, calm the ego and create a strong sense of morality that will benefit the student, their friends & family for the rest of their lives.





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