Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.
Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various martial artists by incorporating elements of karate and Chinese martial arts with indigenous Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea.
The main international organizational bodies for taekwondo today are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), founded by Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the partnership of the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), founded in 1972 and 1973 respectively by the Korea Taekwondo Association. Gyeorugi, a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.
Although not particularly effective on its own as a fighting art; there is a philosophical and esoteric aspect to the art that is very appealing to those who study the martial arts.
There is also a self-defense aspect to the art that could be very effective especially in comparison to not having any knowledge what so ever. Known for their demonstrations, the North Korean ITF-TKD demonstration team performs in the video below.
It is clearly evident that there are some very useful maneuvers that can be utilized in a self-defense situation and it especially highlights the aspect of women’s self-defense which is extremely paramount in today’s world where self-defense knowledge may possibly be at an all-time high.
So check out the video below to see some incredibly talented women demonstrating their Taekwondo prowess in Melbourne, Australia.
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…