Tae Kwon Do - WTF - Martial Arts - Taekwondo
Tae Kwon Do
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea.In Korean, tae means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way," "method," or "art." Thus, "tae kwon do" may be loosely translated as "the way of the foot and fist" or "the way of kicking and punching."
Tae kwon do is the world's most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Its popularity has resulted in the varied development of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Tae kwon do is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training.
The World Taekwondo Federation (more commonly known as WTF) is the International Federation (IF) member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the competition events of the martial art of Taekwondo.
According to the WTF, "Tae kwon do is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind.