WHAT IS TAE KWON DO?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art which has been in existence for over 2000 years and is one of the most popular modern martial arts practiced. It is characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. There are multiple interpretations of the name “tae kwon do”. Tae kwon do is often translated as “the way of the hand and foot.” It also means “the art of kicking and punching” or “the art of unarmed combat.”
There are many Tae kwon do associations in existence. Some of these organizations are the World Tae kwon do Federation, the U.S. Tae kwon do Union, International Tae kwon do Federation and the American Tae kwon do Association. Instructor Cho is a member of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF). Presently, member countries of the WTF total 152 and the global Tae Kwon Do population is estimated at 30 million people. Tae kwon do was adopted as a demonstration sport of the 24th Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the 25th Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Tae kwon do was adopted as an official sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.