History of Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is an ancient Korean martial art of self-defense. It is not only the ultimate in self defense skills and physical fitness, but also a philosophy in action centered around five key principles: Courtesy, Integrity, Self Control, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit.

The literal translation of TAE KWON DO may help explain its many facets. “TAE” refers to the leg(when used for kicking or breaking) and “KWON” to the fist(for punching or breaking). Tae Kwon Do however is more than just kicking and punching.
As evidence in the third part of the word “DO”, which does not have an exact equivalent in English, may be variously translated as a proper path, a right way of life or meditation in actions.
One source has estimated that as of 2009, taekwondo was practiced in 123 countries, with over 3 million individuals with black belts throughout the world.

TAE KWON DO, then, is a self-defense skill, which is also a philosophy; a philosophy that can lead to a more fulfilling life. This philosophy develops the qualities of a true champion: a smart mind, a caring heart and a strong body.