Exploring Different Aspects of Taekwondo Essay

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Although many people who are unfamiliar with taekwondo believe it to be a blood-thirsty and violent sport, those who are involved in taekwondo know that it is more than a sport, but an art and a way of life which teaches non-violence and a strict code of moral conduct.

TaeKwonDo: A Sport, A Culture, A Way of Life,

I. Whether People Practice Taekwondo For¡K.

II. History of Taekwondo

A. Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)

B. Choson Dynasty (1392-1910)

C. Contemporary Period

III. Taekwondo Mind and Its Effects

A. Taekwondo Mind

B. Meaning and Effects of Training

C. Cloth Belts

IV. Taekwondo Organizations

A. Kukkiwon

B. International Taekwondo Federation
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During the Three Kingdoms period (1st century B.C. - A.D. 7th century) taekwondo became the basic sport for states and villages as a way to improve national defense and combat skills, and soon it was developed, with the emphasis as a sport, in religious rituals. Under the state sponsorship, Koguryo (37 B.C. -A.D. 668) had an organized martial artists called sonbae and Shilla (57 B.C. - A.D. 935) boasted hwarang warriors.

In civilian life, farmers and others decided on the pecking order in villages after a competition of subokta, an unarmed sport. Around this period, subakhu, a systemized division of skills, was the basis of all martial arts for the upper class and a useful defense skill for the public. Taekkyon, a basic martial art which is depicted in old tomb murals in Manchuria, also emerged and developed.

Koryo Dynasty (918 - 1392)

During this period, taekkyon, which first emerged during the Koguryo and Shilla periods, evolved into a more systemized martial art. It was already divided into basic moves and hand and foot techniques, and it was so valued that it was a requisite for warriors to enter government positions. The skills and its force reached a considerable level, and went through a process of systematization with obyong subakhu, and
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