The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Website and the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) Website have heaps of information about Taekwondo .
If you click on the topics below you can go to some of the information found on those websites;
· Taekwondo (TKD) originated in Korea and is best known for its dynamic Kicking Techniques.
· There are three main components of taekwondo; The Sport, The Art and Self Defence.
· The name of Taekwondo means ‘the way of kicking and striking’ in Korean.
· TKD is one of the martial arts which combines philosophy, obedience, self-discipline, respect, physical ability and exercise.
· All beginners start as white belts, they then move through the “coloured belts” from yellow, to blue, and to red
· On each of the “coloured” belts, there are three levels, as each is passed, the student obtains a stripe to denote their rank.
· After the coloured belts comes “Cho Dan Bo” which is a probationary Black Belt.
· Students stay on Cho Dan Bo for a minimum of 6 months and until they have proven they are worthy of 1st Dan (degree) black belt .
· Students remain of 1st Dan Black Belt for 1 year, on 2nd Dan Black Belt for 2 years, on 3rd Dan for 3 years and so on...
· Junior Black Belt ranks (under 15 years old) are not called Dan’s they are called Poom’s.
· TKD began in South Korea over 2000 years ago.
· Choi Hong-Hi is the founder of the modern form of the sport.
· In 1955 TKD was nominated as the most traditional of the Korean martial arts and became widely known.
· In 1988 and 1992, TKD was featured at the Olympics as a demonstration sport.
· TKD became an official medal sport for both men and women for the first time in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games.