Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. It is the world's most popular martial art .
In Korean, tae means
"foot"; kwon means "fist"; and do means
"way" or "martial art";
so Taekwondo is
loosely translated as "the way of the foot
and fist" but some translate it as, "the
art of kicking and
Taekwondo's popularity has resulted in the varied evolution of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Taekwondo is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training .
Traditional Taekwondo is typically not competition-oriented but stems from military roots with great emphasis on offense.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is the International Federation (IF) member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for
the competition events of the martial art of Taekwondo. It was established in South Korea on May 28, 1973
The International Taekwon-Do Federation was founded in March 22, 1966 by General Choi Hong Hi in Seoul, Korea. The International Taekwon-Do Federation, or (ITF), exists to promote and encourage the growth of the Korean martial art of taekwondo .
The tae kwon do belt system showing rank advancement requires students to wear belts of different colors.
Though there are many different styles of tae kwon do but one thing holds true, there is a belt system rank.Most people believe black belt is the pinnacle.