Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do Training :
After a 3 year hiatus and a move from Boone, N.C. to Roanoke, V.A., I began martial arts again, but it wasn’t in Sil-Lum Kung-fu, which was what I really wanted to do. Before I had left Boone, N.C., I had asked my Tuhon if he knew anyone up in Roanoke who taught Sil-Lum Kung-fu, and he replied that he knew not a soul. I was a bit disappointed, so I searched for a martial art which involved kicking and punching, and found Lindamood’s Tae Kwon Do Academy (now known as Lindamood’s Martial Art Center), online.
I started training in my 4th style of martial arts in October 2008, and I have had multiple hiatuses since then; twice for martial art injuries to my left foot, which now has 12 screws and 2 plates in it and which also has survived a fractured open toe that occurred while sparring during Fight Night in May of 2015. That was a BIG OUCH!
I am currently a red belt in Tae Kwon Do. I anticipate my “comeback” training soon for my senior red belt, which is below the probationary BLACK BELT.
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art which involves kicking and punching, as the body is used as the weapon in this style. It originated during the 1940s and 1950s by Korean martial artists involved in various styles, which included a combination of taekkyueon, gwonbeop, and subak.
In 1946, kwans, another term for Korean martial art schools, were established by Korean martial artists who trained in various styles in Japan under Japanese rule. Around this time, the South Korean military began training in the style, which became popular among civilian martial art schools.
In 1952, President Syngman Rhee wanted these various styles of martial arts combined into one, and after the discussion of a new martial art emerging amongst the leaders of the martial arts schools in 1955, Tae Soo Do was born. Eventually, Tae Kwon Do became the official name due to its meaning behind the earlier style Tae Soo Do, meaning “to stomp,” “hand,” and “of the way, discipline.” The term “KWON,” meaning “fist,” was established later on by General Choi Hong Hi, a South Korean Army general and martial artist. General Choi Hong Hi is known to be the founder of the martial art due to the changing of the name, though there are others who tend to disagree on this.
Today, there are five different styles of the martial art: Traditional TKD, ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation) – style TKD, ATA (American Tae Kwon Do Assocation) / Songahm-style Tae Kwon Do, Jhoon Rhee-style TKD, and Kukkiwon/WTF-style (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) Tae Kwon Do. The differences in each style are based on the patterns practiced in each style, the sparring rules in competitions, and their martial art philosophies.
There are also a number of hybrids: Gwon Gyokdo (a combination of Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai), Han Moo Do (a combination of Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Hoi Jeon Moo Sool), Han Mu Do (a combination of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido), Teukgong Moosool (a combination of Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo, Kyuk Too Ki, and Chinese martial arts), and Yongmudo (a combination of Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo, and Ssireum).
The martial art style emerged as an Olympic sport in 2002 and became a Commonwealth Games Sport in 2010.
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