History of Tae Kwon-Do
Tae Kwon-Do is a Korean art of self-defence, however it did not originate thousands of years ago in ancient Korea as many would believe. Rather, Tae Kwon-Do is a collection of similar unarmed martial arts techniques and foundations created by a number of Korean Grandmasters, including General Choi Hong Hi, when they returned to Korea from Japan following World War II. While in Japan, these Grandmasters learned Karate-Do (meaning way of China Hand or way of Empty Hand) and the techniques they learned formed the basis for a new martial art. On April 11, 1955, General Choi, then a general in the South Korean army, began to unify and systemize these related martial arts disciplines by giving Tae Kwon-Do its name and its beginnings. In 1961, General Choi became the first President of the Korea Tae Kwon Do Association, and until his death in 2002, he worked tirelessly and selflessly in the promotion of Tae Kwon-Do and in the scientific advancement of Tae Kwon-Do techniques.
Tae Kwon Do was inaugurated in South Korea on April 11, 1955, following extensive research and development by the founder Major General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Degree Black Belt as detailed above.
It was then introduced into the United Kingdom in 1967, by Master Rhee Kee Ha.
The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon-Do organisation in this country, it was formed in August 1983, and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC), which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council. The BTC was inaugurated on the 21st of April 1988.
Tae Kwon-Do International was formed 13th
(21 Countries declared their intention to join the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) to form an international body able to rise above political differences, look after it's members on a global scale without interfering on a national level, and be capable of promoting Tae Kwon Do for the mutual benefit of all those organisations actively involved in it's propagation and practice).