Origin of Taekwondo

The origin of Tae Kwon Do dates as far back as the existence of man himself on earth.  With the passage of time, it had been streamlined and gradually formalized, then developed into a positive and perfect level due to the necessity for social life as simple human life became more complex and diversified.
Although Tae Kwon Do had survived through the long and adverse periods of Korean history as a component part of traditional culture, only a few murals in the underground chambers of Tumuli depicting Tae Kwon Do were found.

There are evidence of Tae Kwon Do in the murals of the Kakjeochong, Mooyongchong and Samsilchong Tombs of the Kogooryo era.  The tumuli of this era located at the former capital of the kingdom, present murals that are undeniable evidence of the existence of Tae Kwon Do in that period.  The murals show the original features of Tae Kwon Do.

Twenty years after the Kogooryo era, the Silla Dynasty was founded.  The warriors of Silva enjoyed various sports including archery, hunting, and Tae Kwon Do.

Other historic documents prove that there were also martial arts called by different names in the territories of Silla, Kogooryo, and Baekjae.

The entire nation of Baekjae enjoyed the sports of horse riding, archery, and Tae Kwon Do.  In fact, the whole populace were warriors well trained in martial arts.

The Baekjae nation was eventually conquered by Koryo where Tae Kwon Do was widely propagated as a national sport.

As far as Tae Kwon Do is concerned, Korea is the master country.  Historically, authentic records of Tae Kwon Do illustrate a large part of the Korean nation.  Handed through the Kogooryo, Silla, Baekjae, and Koryo, it was deeply rooted in the Joseon Dynasty era and scientifically systematized.

After the decline of the Joseon Dynasty, the Japanese invaded Korea and the Tae Kwon Do devotees often the the struggle against the invaders.

Today, modern Tae Kwon Do stresses on the scientific mobilization of human force and its application; the most important factors of which are stability, support, balance, elasticity, agility, and flexibility as well as mental and nervous concentration.


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