The history of Taekwondo

Taekwondo was first developed before historic times. Every creature had their own protection methods. For example animals had teeth, claws, size, poisonous sprays, etc. With limited amounts of weapons available, humans had to protect themselves against these wild animals with their body parts. Original techniques were used to protect against wild animals attacks with counter attacks to specific vitals and pressure points. It was critical to practice techniques and movements repetitively, to the point that all techniques and movements would be a natural instinct, as mistakes were not an option. Mistakes could lead to serious injury or even death.

In the 19th and 20th century Taekwondo was needed for protection against other human beings in hand to hand combat. Techniques and movements were slightly modified to adjust to the new needs for protection. In the 21st century with weapon controls, laws, police and the justice system there is no need for protection against hand to hand combat, the chances of someone needing self protection in society is very rare. Martial Arts are now for both physical and mental health, knowledge and sport. Techniques used to be performed short and fast to insure survival. Now techniques can be preformed overstretched with a wide range of motion for better conditioning of the body, while still possessing the knowledge of short, fast movements if needed. Taekwondo offers physical training that trains both the body and mind, providing the mental preparation through physical training to become a winner in life.

Taekwondo came to North America later than most other martial arts but became popular faster. Within the last thirty years Taekwondo has risen faster than any other martial art because of its unique training methods and the strong planning and organization of the governing federations. This has made Taekwondo the most recognized martial art in the world, and a popular international sport. Taekwondo became a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympic Games and develop into an official Olympic sport in the year 2000. As of today, Taekwondo is the only martial art of its type to be an official Olympic sport.

Taekwondo does not practice with any material weapons. If you happened to be involved in a situation, where you needed to defend yourself, chances are there will not be a material weapon in your possession or in your surrounding environment. Taekwondo trains your body to become a natural material weapon that is constantly upgraded through training.