Taekwondo - The Way of The Hand and The Foot

Originally a martial art from Korea.
Paintings from the time of Goguryeo kingdom 2300 years ago
prove the existence of a martial art called Subak.
Subak continued to develop in Silla kingdom 1900 years ago,
and was included in the teachings of Hwarangdo -
the martial art of the korean knights during the middle ages.
During the time of Goryeo kingdom and later Yi kingdom,
900 years ago, Subak developed as depicted in the book of king of Gongyo.


In the time of the occupation of Korea by Japan (90 years ago), instruction of Taekkyeon was forbidden. With the end of World War II and until 1965, the Korean culture blossomed again.
Taekwondo then was in the form of Kwan.
Among others included the movements:
Kwan do shag, kwan do ho, kwan do moo, kwan do zi, kwan do shun.

With the establishment of the Korean Association in 1965,
all movements are united into one called Taekwondo.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) founded in 1973.

מקדש בונהוואנגסה ( Bunhwangsa )

Dr. Un Yong Kim was elected President.
Today the WTF includes 141 countries and over 30 million athletes. The World Taekwondo Headquarters is located in Seoul, South Korea
and is called the Kukkiwon.
The world federation is divided into four areas:
Asia, Europe, America and Africa.
The first world championship took place in Seoul, South Korea in 1973.


1973 - Establishment of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
1975 - A member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
1976 - A member of the International Military Sports Council (CISM).
1980 - Recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
1981 - A member of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).
1983 - Recognition as a sport in the Pan American Games (ODEPA).
1983 - Recognition as a sport in the Africa Games (SCSA).
1984 - Taekwondo is recognized as a sport in the Asian Games (OCA).
1988 - Taekwondo is a presentable sport in Seoul Olympics (IOC).
1992 - A presentable sport in the Barcelona Olympic Games (IOC).
2000 - Competitive olympic sport in Sydney Olympics.
2004 - Olympic sport with an Israeli representative - Athens Olympics.
2008 - Olympic sport with an Israeli representative - Beijing Olympics.
2010 - 1st Youth Olympics in Singapore - Gold medal for Israel (Gili Haimovitz).
2012 - London Olympics.


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