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History and principles of Taekkyon, Korea’s ancient folk martial art

Taekkyon is a traditional bare-hand martial art developed by the Korean people and is recognized as the original form of bare-hand martial arts in Korea. Before the 6th century, Taekkyon was practiced by the ruling classes and from the 9th to 12th century, became very popular, even among the common people. According to the Koryusa,…

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World Taekwondo hosts innovative Conference on social development, safe sport, and integrity and compliance

MANCHESTER, UK (May 13, 2019) – World Taekwondo today hosted an innovative Conference focused on delivering best-in-class insight and interactive discussions on key issues facing taekwondo and the world of sport. The World Taekwondo Conference was split across three key themes: sport for social development; safe sport; and integrity and compliance. Experts specialising in each…

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Kuhapdo, Korean Swordsmanship

Kuhapdo is a Korean sword art related to the Japanese art of Iaido, where the practitioner emphasizes control, grace and harmony. The art begins from a kneeling or sitting position and includes the proper way to draw the sword, strike or cut the enemy, and finally complete the movement by returning the sword to its…

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Turning Disabilities Into Abilities

Living with Cerebral palsy and blindness in her left eye, a Bethany-area woman has found her strength in Taekwondo. Morgan Barber, 25, is a blackbelt who focused on martial arts. “It’s not going to stop me, even if I have a disability,” Barber said. Six years after starting Taekwondo, there don’t seem to be many…

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Chinese shopping Mall Brawl

Taekwondo practitioners confronted by gym crew after giving noisy demonstration. Fists and feet flew in front of onlookers at Jiangsu shopping center. Gym workers fought with members of a Taekwondo school at a mall in Jiangsu. It looks like a scene from a martial arts movie, but a video that has gone viral on social…

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President Jimmy Carter offers to assist with peace talks to North Korea

This article is from early March, but we at Taekwondo Times believe that this is still relevant and worth raising awareness of in a time where discovering and building bridges towards peace is more important than ever. ” Former President Jimmy Carter — who once brokered a nuclear agreement with Kim Jong Un’s grandfather in…

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The Legend behind the Founder of Shaolin Kung Fu

Some legends say that an Indian Buddhist priest named Bodhidharma (Tamo in Chinese), was the founder of Kung fu. Bodhidharma traveled to China to see the Emperor Wu of Liang (Xiāo Yǎn) sometime in the 527 CE. The Emperor had started a large project of having local Buddhist monks translate Buddhist texts from Sanskrit to…

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David Kengen

Dave KenGen suffered from heart disease when he was very young that resulted in his hands and legs not developing normally. Karate has helped this 15-year-old Dutch boy overcome the pain of his disabilities and showcase his abilities. David started learning Karate at the age of 7, Dave KenGen loved this sport. With his untiring…

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Gichin Funakoshi “The Father of Modern Karate”

Today we honor the passing anniversary of one of the world’s greatest martial arts Masters and teachers, Gichin Funakoshi who lived from November 10, 1868 – April 26, 1957. Grandmaster Funakoshi is the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do, perhaps the most widely known style of karate, and is known as a “father of modern karate”. Following…

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Open Qualifier For 2019 WT Grand Slam

The 2019 qualification tournament for the Wuxi Grand Slam Championship begins tomorrow, April 26th and runs through the 28th of April, in Wuxi, China. The top 3 athletes in each Olympic weight category will be selected for the Wuxi 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series, which will be held from December 17-22, 2019. The…

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