Welcome to our Taekwondo site! Taekwondo is the youngest sport of the Summer Olympic Games. We hope that this page will fulfill your desire to learn more about it. We promise the sport fans will know all about Taekwondo contests regulations after visiting our site. We tried to introduce you to the basic sparring moments so that you could enjoy the real beauty of the performance. We have given a detailed information about Taekwondo history, philosophy, practice and techniques of Taekwondo to those who are deeply interested in martial arts and Taekwondo itself. All of you, who want to touch the martial arts world for the first time, go on - have fun!
Taekwondo is a modern martial art with Korean origin. It was developed as a self-defence system characterized by extremely high kicks. All Taekwondo techniques and movements are worked out according to the bio-mechanical principles of human limbs - to be used most effectively. "Tae" in Korean means "a kick, a jump", "Kwon" - "a fist, a punch", and "Do" - "an art, a way". So, Taekwondo is "The art of the kick and the punch", but Taekwondo means also "the way" to physical and moral self-perfection. In the process of practising Taekwondo man finds out that it is a way of living as well. That refers to more of the martial arts, too.
In Taekwondo except the kicks (which are really the prime part of the system) are studied also punches, hand blocks, catches, throwings. In its program are included, of course, basic technique knowledge, sparring, forms (patterns), self-defence and others.
There are three main Taekwondo organizations in the world: ITF (International Taekwon-do Federation) - since 1966, WTF (The World Taekwondo Federation) - founded in 1973, and GTF (Global Taekwon-do Federation) - established in 1990. There are some differences in the technique performance and the sports regulations of the three federations.
Besides the three mentioned organizations there are many other associations, federations, schools and clubs headed by well-known masters. They are not in the central structures because of one or another reason. But these formations are local and do not pretend for world acknowledgement.
|International Taekwon-do Federation|
|Gen. Choi Hong Hi - President of ITF|
|The World Taekwondo Federation|
|Dr. Un Yong Kim - President of WTF|
|Global Taekwon-do Federation|
|Grand master Park Jung Tae - President of GTF|
It has to be mentioned at the end that the difference in the technique performance of WTF and ITF (GTF) is relative. First, because the sparring technique is with classical origin. Second, sparring technique is practised in ITF, too, and classical in WTF - in demonstrations and breakings (the so called power test). The one federation is orientated more to the sport aspect of Taekwondo, the other one to the classical martial-practical one - that's just the difference. Taekwondo "conquered" the world not as WTF, or ITF, or GTF, but just as Taekwondo. The three federations have their own tribute to its development, spread and at last to that universal acknowledgement - Taekwondo to be a member of the great family of the Olympic Sports.