History of Taekwondo

March 28, 2012

Taekwondo is a martial art system that developed during the last 5000 years of Korean history. It is the national sport of South Korea but it is very popular around the world with over 70,000,000 practitioners in more than 201 countries. It got its popularity for its spectacular and complex kicking techniques. It gained even more popularity after a breathtaking demonstration held during the opening ceremony at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. It was once again a demonstration sport in the Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain 1992. In 2000 it was officially recognized as an Olympic sport when the games where held in Sydney, Australia. Nevertheless, Taekwondo goes far beyond the competitive aspect and a beginner will be introduced to the essential basic stances, defending and striking techniques. In essence, Taekwondo relies on the explosiveness of its techniques. Moreover, with such techniques come along more important principles that one should adhere to: Respect, Courtesy and Indomitable Spirit.