History of Taekwondo



According to Webster’s Dictionary, MARTIAL is “characteristic or befitting a warrior”; and, ART is “the conscious arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements that affect the sense of beauty.”  Therefore, “MARTIAL ART’ is a warrior’s practice that is beautiful.

Taekwondo is one of the martial arts taught at Inner Strength Martial Arts.  Taekwondo, originally titled Chang-Hun Taekwondo, is a Korean word that means literally “FIST-STRIKING / KICKING / ART”.  General Choi Hong Hi is considered the founder of the art of Taekwondo basing this art on thousands of years of Korean martial arts practice, principally the combat training of the Hwa Rang Do, (Flowering Manhood), the elite military scholars / warriors who served as the personal bodyguard of the royalty of the ancient countries.  These countries became what is now known as Korea.



The Weeping Willow Style of Jujutsu is another martial art taught in this training center.  Jujutsu is a Japanese martial art translated literally as “the easy way” or “the flexible way”.   The Weeping Willow Style of Jujutsu is considered by the Japanese to be a 4,000 year old martial art.

Additional History of Taekwondo (Tae Kwon Do)

Taekwondo (Tae-Kwon-Do, Fist-Foot-Way) is a martial art from Korea (sometimes also spelled Taegwondo). It is a blend of Shotokan Karate with other Chinese and Korean martial arts. Taekwondo places great emphasis on fast, spectacular kicking techniques with very few hand strikes. Competition rules in Taekwondo prohibit the use of throws, holding or grappling. Protective gear is usually worn to allow contact with the body.

Taekwondo tends to place more emphasis on the sport aspect of martial arts. Taekwondo is more of a long range fighting style, due to its use of more kicking than striking. Board breaking is used in belt grading in Taekwondo, to show the power of the techniques being taught (Kyokushin Kai is another martial art that also adheres to this practice).

Taekwondo is popular the world over and is probably the most widely practiced of the martial arts. Taekwondo is now recognized as an Olympic sport, which is sure to popularize it even more.

Origin of Taekwondo: Korea

Founder of Taekwondo: General Choi Hong Hi 1950’s (Who earned a 2nd dan in Shotokan Karate while a student in Japan)