A personal view of Taekwondo and the Martial Arts 

"Even in the roughest seas a boat will only sink if it lets the water in"

TAEKWONDO - 'The Art of destroying with the hand and foot' 

  • Statistics:   WTF Taekwondo is practised by around 70 million students in 189 countries with over 1.5 million registered Black Belts.  70% of martial artists in the USA practice, or have practiced Taekwondo.
  • Taekwondo can trace its lineage back to the Silla kingdom in 18BC when it was know as Soo Bak Do.  Modern Taekwondo was created and named in the 1950's.
  • There are two main style and organisations of Taekwondo.  WTF and ITF.  Some smaller organisation subscribe to neither style of syllabus and remain Independant.
  • There are nearly 2000 Registered WTF Instructors in the UK alone.
  • WTF Taekwondo is an Olympic sport.

Recommended reading:

Taekwondo:

Taekwondo                                                           YH Park   ISBN 0-8160-2542-8  

Black belt Taekwondo                                           YH Park   ISBN 0-8160-4241-1

The explanation of official Taekwondo Poomsae   I Kang,      ISBN 978-89-91237-7

A Killing Art                                                       Alex Gillis     ISBN 978-1-55022-825-0

Other

Zen in the Martial Arts                                         J Hyams     ISBN 0-553-27559-3

The Dragon Mask (I & II)                                    T Leggett     ISBN 1-874572-16-X

Living the Martial Way                                          F Morgan     ISBN 978-0-942637-76-2

Classics

The Art of War                                                     Sun-Tzu   ISBN 0-14-043919-6

The Book of Five Rings                                       M Musashi   ISBN 978-1-5930-248-4

Karate-Do                                                         G Funakoshi   ISBN 0-87011-463-8

 Etiquette, Modesty, Perserverance, Self-control, Indomitable Spirit

 

 


 

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