Taekwondo: The Korean Martial Arts

Taekwondo (태권도) is a Korean martial art famous for its remarkable techniques in head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking. This sport was developed in 1940. Know more of it below.

The name Taekwondo is derived from the Korean word

“Tae”= foot
“Kwon”=fist
“Do”= way of

Taekwondo means: “the way of the foot and fist”. It 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. One of the earliest clues of Taekwondo’s existence is a mural painted on the wall of a tomb that was built in the Korean kingdom of Goguryo, between 37 BC and 66 AD. The drawing shows two unarmed figures facing each other in a Tae  Kwon  Do style stance.

Then the group of warriors called the “Hwarang” in Silla developed high fighting skills and at that time was called Tae Kyon

Korea developed the skill more during World War II and founded a federation in 1973.

Your skill in taekwondo can be classified based on the color of the belt.

White Belt– It represents purity. A test is not required for the white belt. But if you take the test you will be given a white belt with yellow stripes.

Yellow Belt – This belt represents gold, which means truth. The test includes breaking the boards with both hands and feet.

Green Belt– Green belt represents growth. The move from green to green with stripes requires around four months of training before a test can be taken.

Blue Belt – Blue belt represents the sky or the ocean. by this rank yous ould be able to defend yourself well.

Red Belt – Red belt represents the brightness and energy of the sun. Along with a different pattern, the test for the red belt replaces the two-step sparring with multiple free sparring.

Black Belt – The highest rank achievable, the black belt test requires a lot of work. The Black means all the colors combined.

There are a lot of Kstars who have Black Belts. Sumi, Jungkook, Bomi, and Hoya are famous black belt holders in Taekwando. Another famous group is the K-Tigers. They are known in associating taekwondo in dancing. Watch one of their covers below.

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