About The Art: Taekwon-Do (태 권 도)
Tae (태): To Jump or Smash with the Foot
Kwon (권): To Denote with the Fist, To Punch
Do (도): The Art or Way
Taekwon-Do (태 권 도)
Today, one cannot find a single city in Korea without Taekwon-Do schools. All the government organizations, all military academies and special military units, have Taekwon-Do practitioners, totaling more than a million already.
Modern Taekwon-Do differs greatly from other martial arts. In fact, no other martial art is so advanced with regard to the sophistication and effectiveness of its techniques or the overall physical fitness it imparts to its practitioners.
As quoted from the late founder Grandmaster General Choi Hong Hi, "The emergence of Taekwon-Do as an international martial art in a relatively short period of time was due to a variety of factors. The evils of contemporary society (moral corruption, materialism, selfishness, etc.) had created a spiritual vacuum. Taekwon-Do was able to compensate for the prevailing sense of emptiness, distrust, decadence and lack of confidence."
Among foreign countries such as the U.S.A, Germany, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Iran, Australia and France, there is a solid foundation of Taekwon-Do schools. This rapid spread and popularization is attributed to the unceasing efforts of the master instructors and the superior and unique nature of Taekwon-Do itself.
Taekwon-Do is called an art of self-defence; it also is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts that teaches more than mere physical fighting skills.