Branca Taekwondo

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About Taekwondo

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;

The World Taekwondo Federation Website - History and Philosophy of Taekwondo and much more!

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· 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.