About Tae Kwon Do

The origin of Tae Kwon Do is obscured by more than 5000 years of Korean history. Although the complete history is quite lengthy, this brief summation will adequately acquaint you with its growth and struggle to survive.

The origin of Tae Kwon Do in Korea can be traced back to the Koguryo Dynasty, founded in 37 B.C. paintings found in two royal tombs. Muyong Chong, and Kakchu Chong, show scenes of Tae Kwon Do practice.

Tae Kwon Do was also practiced during the Silla Dynasty founded in the Southeastern part of the Alnd. At Kongyu, ancient capital of Silla, two images are inscribed on the Keumgang Tower at Sokkuram in Pulkuk-Sa Temple, portraying two giants facing each other in Tae Kwon Do stance.

In the history of Koryo, Tae Kwon Do was called Subak and was practiced not only as an exercise to improve health, and as a sports activity, but it was encouraged as a martial art of considerable value.

Furthermore, people who aspired to be employed by the military department of the royal government were eager to learn Subak because it was included as one of the major subjects on application exams. Subak was enjoyed by both the general public and the royal court during the Yi Dynasty.

It declined, however, due to negligence of the royal court which was constantly disturbed by strife between political factions. As a result, Subak dwindled to a recreational activity for ordinary people.

In 1945, Korea was liberated from 36 years of Japanese rule, and a number of Koreans made a special effort to revitalize the traditional art. Experience, wisdom, and imagination, all have helped in man’s development of Tae Kwon Do into an art, not just self-defense. After twenty centuries of struggling to exist, it is now practiced in over 200 countries, and is the only martial art represented in the Olympics. Today, Tae Kwon Do is a Worldwide sport, a Universal art of self defense, and philosophy.

 Meaning of Tae Kwon Do

Tae – To strike or break with foot (kick)

Kwon – To strike or break with fist (punch)

Do – A Way of Life


5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do

• Courtesy

• Integrity

• Perseverance

• Self-Control

• Indomitable Spirit