traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting
skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing has become
a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and
First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon 'fists
and feet,' or all the parts of the body that are represented by
fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights
and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae
Kwon 'to put fists under control'[ [or 'to step on fists']
Thus Taekwondo means "the right way of using all parts of the
body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful

Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history
of Korea being called by several different names in the course. In
Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak"
or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and
mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of  
"Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of
Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.

Taekwondo today is similar to the martial arts in other Oriental
countries and shares some features with them, because in the
course of its evolution it has gained many different styles that
existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding Korea, like
Japan and China.

But Taekwondo is very different from many such oriental martial
arts. First, physically it is very dynamic with active movements
that include a mirage of foot skills. Second, the principle physical
movement ane in simpatico with that of the mind and life as a
whole. Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another

Taekwondo can be characterized by unity: the unity of body,
mind, and life, and the unity of the pose["poomsae"] and
confrontation, and cracking down. When you do Taekwondo, you
should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with
your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and
society. This is hoe in taekwondo the principle of physical
movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life
become one and the same. On the other hand, the righe
poomsae lead to the right confrontation, which will eventually
produce great destructive power.

How come we reach such a unity in Taekwondo? Taekwondo is a
way of life, much like having a job, raising a family, fighting for a
cause, or any one of numerous raison d'etre. What makes
Taekwondo different from these is that it is an activity for survival
in extremely antagonistic situations. One must always overcome
the enemy that is trying to cause harm. But simply winning a fight
is not enough to guarantee one's safety because the enemy may
recuperate and attack again. Moreover, there may be many other
enemies than the one that was just defeated. One cannot ever
feel safe unless one gains permanent peace. To attain this
permanent or lasting peace, one needs unity. This is what
Taekwondo aims for. Otherwise Taekwondo would be no different
from any other street-fighting skills.

Taekwondo pursues harmonious growth and improvements of life
through its unique activities. This is why one could say
Taekwondo is a way of life. To ultimately enable ourselves to lead
more valuable lives, we would do well by finding the guiding
principles deeply hidden in Taekwondo.
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