Taekwondo is a martial art and an Olympic sport that, without the use of weapons, teaches the practitioners techniques for defense and attack, in addition to guiding them to the true path of life. Taekwondo, translated literally, means the “Art of Hand and Foot Fighting”. The development of Taekwondo can be traced back to about 2,000 years ago to the country known as Korea today. At that time, Taekwondo was known as Taekyon or Subak, and was widespread as basic training for the martial arts. In the 20th century, with the Japanese occupation of Korea, martial art instruction was forbidden. However, various types of Korean martial arts continued to be popular as physical and spiritual practices. In 1955, 10 years after the liberation of Korea, the various Korean martial art styles were united into one single style, which was known as “Taekwondo”.
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