Taekwon-Do is an art of self defence founded by a Korean General named Choi Hong
Hi. Taekwon-Do was officially recognised on 11th April 1955 when General Choi, after
exhaustive research, developing and experimenting, proclaimed Taekwon-Do to the world
as ‘a completely valid and unique martial are having a basic Korean origin.’
Translated literally ‘Tae’ stands for jumping or flying to kick or smash with the
foot, ‘Kwon’ denotes the fist –mainly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.
‘Do’ means the art or way – the right way paved by saints and sages throughout history.
Taekwon-Do is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique, which
has been developed using the modern scientific principles. It provides the student
with a fine weapon to defend his/her self. Used wrongly, Taekwon-Do can be a lethal
weapon. Therefore mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student
from misusing it and to promote a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and
The philosophical values and the goals of Taekwon-Do are firmly rooted in the traditional
moral culture of the Orient. On the technical side, defensive and offensive tactics
are based on principles of physics, particularly Newton's Law, which explains how
to generate maximum force by increasing speed and mass during the execution of a
Taekwon-Do can be more completely defined as:
‘the scientific use of the body in the method of self defence; a body that has gained
the ultimate use of its facilities through intensive physical and mental training.
It has no equal in either power or technique.’