411 Tae Kwon Do Information

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What is Taekwondo?

Tae  Kwon  Do (also known as Taekwondo) is the art of self defense that originated in Korea. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back over 2,000 years. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae  (foot), Kwon  (hand), Do  (art).

Taekwondo Origin
The Korean martial arts faded into obscurity during the late Gojoseon Dynasty, the first state on the Korean peninsula, B.C. 2333 and developed during the Three Kingdoms period.

Weaponless martial art during the Three Kingdoms period
According to the history, Three Kingdoms Much attention(武治主義) philosophy, martialism(尙武精神) with emphasis on Three Kingdoms period, and various martial arts were developed. Goguryeo was a strong state in Northeast Asia with strong military power, and their martial arts were well developed. For example, the techniques of archery, swordsmanship, and spears were developed in Goguryeo. The types of weapon systems of Goguryeo are recorded in history such as Anak Tomb No. 3. In Baekje,
In Baeje, a weaponless martial art was developed as shown by the figurine in Baekjegeumdongdaehyeongno, a splendid gilt-bronze incense burner and Subak, fencing, horse-riding, Dukgyeoni, Kagumjil, and Sssireum were developed in Shilla.

A weaponless martial art during the period of Goryeo dynasty
Weaponless martial arts were developed in Goreyeo dynasty. Many military officers had to train in weaponless martial arts such as Subak, Subakhui, Obyungsubakhui, and Byungsu because this was related to the hiring process of government offices and promotions. A description of Subak is as follows; Yi Ui-min who was good at Subak, competed to show his power.

A weaponless martial art during the period of Joseon dynasty
Weaponless martial arts such as Subak, Subakhui, Kwonbub, and Taekkyon were propagated during the Joseon Dynasty period, but these was developed as leisure activities or games, to hide their military martial art aspects.
The records mentioning Subak in annals of the Joseon dynasty were in the early part of the period, but records in which Kwonbub appears were in the latter part of the period, after Imjinwaeran, in the Guhyosinseo and Muyedobotongji.


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