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Taekwondo is one of the world's most internationally practiced martial art. It is also one of the leading arts in competition, being only one of two Asian martial arts to be accepted as an Olympic Event (The other art is Judo).

In this video we will take a quick look at the origin of Taekwondo, more specifically we will take a quick trip back to the early history of Korea and track the roots of the high flying and powerhouse kicking art that it has become today.

With such a detailed past, I was not able to cover all aspects of the history in this video and had to abbreviate much of it. For anyone interested in learning more about the origin of Taekwondo you can find some additional reading below.

Books on Taekwondo and Korean Martial Arts: ____________________________________________________

A Killing Art: The Untold History of Taekwondo

Legends and History of the Three Kingdoms of Ancient Korea

Taekkyeon: Korea's 1500 Year Old Fighting Art, Dance, Game and Sport

Creative Commons Attributions __________________________________________ TaeKwondo Competition Footage by Safaa Gym

Taekkyeon Footage by Skryfblok

Taekwondoin Photos by: US Army US Navy US Airforce US Department of Defense Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Scott Feldstien

Taekkyeon Photo by: Metal693 Taekkyeon-nalchigi.JPG

Korea Photos by: "Myself" History_of_Korea-476.PNG

Samuel Orchard Korea-Gyeongju-Bulguksa-33.jpg

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