General Choi Hong Hi was the founder of Taekwon-Do. He developed the techniques within the Korean army and created the name Taekwon-Do in 1955.
As a martial art, Taekwon-Do is essentially a synthesis between the ancient kicking martial art of Taekkyon and Karate. Due to the atrocities General Choi saw during WW2, he created Taekwon-Do with deep held moral principles to help build a peaceful world.
During the Korean and Vietnam wars, Taekwon-Do gained legendary status as a martial art, since its effectiveness on the battlefield was proven time and time again. During the cold war and still today, special forces from around the world were taught Taekwon-Do as one of the most effective methods of unarmed combat. Taekwon-Do as a martial art grew into the most widely practised martial arts in the world and eventually led to the creation of the Olympic sport of “Taekwondo”.
Taekwon-Do researches into the fastest and most powerful techniques capable by the human body. For this reason Taekwon-Do experts are able to break and smash wooden boards, bricks and tiles with their bare hands and feet.
These are video demonstrations of destruction against a break board using advanced Taekwon-Do hand techniques.
Taekwon-Do teaches simple and systematic techniques for dealing with the reality of violence, both in terms of physical techniques and psychological attitudes. This includes defence against weapons, multiple attackers and surprise attacks.
With 50% hand techniques and 50% leg techniques, Taekwon-Do is an all over body workout and is an excellent exercise for improving muscle tone, core strength and cardio-vascular ability. Students rapidly attain a high level of fitness and flexibility that with regular training constitutes a comprehensive training programme suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
The ultimate purpose of Taekwon-Do is to promote a safe society in which rights and freedoms are respected.
There are 5 tenets of that underpin the physical training.
To respect others and interact with politeness and care.
To be reliable, honest and trustworthy.
To complete objectives and overcome difficulties.
To master both body and mind.
To have a strength of character that cannot be oppressed.