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Tae Kwon Do

The origin of Korean Karate like many other martial arts is obscure. If you were to read the various books on the subject you would come across many conflicting stories depending on who wrote the book and for what organization. Often enough Tang Soo Do or Tae Kwon Do the two main styles of Korean Karate are presented as having their roots in ancient Korea. Some claim that it has its origins in three dynasties, the Silla dynasty (668-935 A.D.), the Paekche dynasty (15 B.C. to 668 A.D.), and the Koguryu dynasty (935-1392 A.D.). There is no evidence linking Korean Karate or any modern day Korean martial art to the ancient Korean arts.

Korean Karate actually has its roots in Japanese Shotokan Karate-Do. All of the basic stances, forms, and blocks are found in Japanese Karate. This is not surprising because of the Japanese occupation of Korea all native martial arts were suppressed and Koreans were forced to Japanese martial arts instead. In Korea these forms were modified especially were kicking is concerned. Korean kicking is more varied than Japanese kicking a...

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