FACTS ABOUT TAEKWONDO
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- Taekwondo is the national Sport of South Korea
- This marital only really developed after the Korean War (1953), when earlier Korean martial arts and the martial arts of the former Japanese occupants were combined and developed into the new practice called Taekwondo
- Taekwondo is part of Korean military training, which is mandatory for all capable males in the country.
- Because of its late development it is virtually the only martial art that has a consistent set of techniques and rules. It is the same everywhere in the world, except (perhaps ironically) North Korea.
- The practice emphasizes kicks, which is reflected in the name (foot-fist-way). But it also includes blocks, punches and hands strikes. Other martial arts tend to emphasis the hand strikes.
- Taekwondo, along with Judo, is one of the few martial arts seen at the Olympic games. This is because of its systematic practice. Many other martial arts vary between school.
- Training includes the hardening of the body through practice of the various attack and defense forms.
- Taekwondo has included female practitioners long before most other martial arts.
- Taekwondo is administrated by the World Taekwondo Federation in South Korea, and these WTF rules are used from beginners to Olympic competitions.
- There are injuries in Taekwondo, but most are minor.
- Commands in Taekwondo remain in the native Korean Language.
- The five tenets of Taekwondo apply to every aspect of life, aiming to make all better developed individuals.
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