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Gen. Choi Hong Hi
Father of Taekwon-Do


The founding Father of Taekwon-Do , Gen. Choi Hong Hi created the name Taekwon-Do in 1955 which means: Tae (foot), Kwon (fist), Do (art).  Gen. Choi Hong Hi researched and developed the Chang Hun style of Taekwon-Do. He used a combination of hand techniques and "perfection of foot techniques" from Taek Kyon, Soo Bak-Gi, and Karate as references in the course of his research of the art. Gen. Choi based the physical techniques of Taekwon-Do on the principles of modern science, which involves the theory of generating maximum power. Furthermore, Gen. Choi incorporated military tactics of attack and defense in the art. The fundamental theories and principles of Taekwon-Do were developed, systematized, and named by Gen. Choi and are totally different from those of any other martial arts in the world. Taekwon-Do to the world is a "completely valid and unique martial arts having a basic Korean origin".

In 1965, the South Korean Government declared Taekwon-Do as Korea's National Martial Art. (Gen. Choi Hong Hi, 1999). Gen. Choi led the Taekwon-Do Goodwill Mission on a demonstration tour of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It was then, a year later that International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) was founded and established by Gen. Choi in Seoul, Korea.

The Techniques of Taekwon-Do

The physical tehniques of Taekwon-Do are based on the principles of modern science, Newtonian physics, which teaches us how to generate maximum power. Furthermore, Taekwon-Do offers physical fitness to students. The study of Taekwon-Do provides benefits in motorskills, aerobic conditioning, flexibility, control of body movements, etc. It is also teaches students' humility, courage, and self control.

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