Tae Kwon-do is an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many years’ centuries in Korea. It became perfected in its present form by Major General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002), and has been scientifically developed and modernised since its introduction to the world on 11th April 1955.
Translated from Korean, Tae means to jump, kick or smash with the foot, Kwon means to punch, strike or destroy with the hand and Do is the art, method or way. It is proven to be the most powerful system of self-defence ever devised.
To the Korean people Tae Kwon-do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. it also promotes a way of life with a strong sway towards more philosophical side particularly instilling a concept and spirit of self imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.
In these days of violence and intimidation which seem to plague our modern societies, Tae Kwon-do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon to defend themselves and when strongly applied it is very dangerous.
Rhee Ki Ha introduced Tae Kwon-do to Great Britain in 1967.