TAEKWON-DO originates from antique
folk corean dances and in some way from forms of combat with
hands and feet, that emerged because of the need of the folks from
corean peninsula to protect themselves against invading forces that
constantly threatened them. With the time, this form of combat became
a strong discipline governed by a
strict code of honor, practiced by
noble warriors that defended their country, their king and their own
people even with their lives.
Modern Taekwon-Do has evolve in the last fifty years, thanks to the effort, study and devotion of its Founder, corean Great Master General Choi Hong Hi, IX Dan, who initially developed Taekwon-Do as a self-defense art for the corean armed forces.
Thereafter, Taekwon-Do had an enormous expansion to become today the national martial art of Corea and also the martial art with the greatest growth in the whole world in the 20th century.
The Great Master, at the age of 83 years old, keeps himself actively traveling around the world with his unique mission: spread, teach and preserve the original martial art of Taekwon-Do. Today about 50 million people in more than 140 countries practice this martial art.