Taekwondo - History Print
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Sunday, 11 February 2007 07:25

Taekwondo - History

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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, which means "the way of kicking and striking"

Korean history relates that the prominent leaders of the three ancient tribal kingdoms had a military background. As a result, martial arts training became one of the important subjects of learning.

"Taekwondo is the basis of martial art, enabling one to build strength," states an ancient book, showing that taekwondo was prevalent in the time of the Shilla and Koguryo kingdoms, founded some 2,000 years ago.

In 1955, a group of Korean martial arts leaders chose taekwondo as the definitive Korean martial art to promote its development internationally.

In 1973, the Korean government recognised the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as the legitimate governing body. The first world championships were held that year.

Taekwondo was featured as a demonstration sport in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, becoming an official medal sport at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Taekwondo first became a competitive event in the 10th Asian Games in 1986, in Seoul, Korea.