Tae kwon do is both a martial art and a combat sport. It originated in Korea over 2,000 years ago. Today it has become one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world, and is the national sport of Korea. Tae Kwon Do is also an Olympic sporting event. Tae means to kick or strike with the foot"; kwon means "hand, fist, or punching"; and, Do means "art or way of life".


  Hence, Tae Kwon Do is loosely translated as "the way of the foot and fist". Its popularity has resulted in the divergent evolution of the martial art. However, the basic principles and techniques remain the same.  As with many other martial arts, taekwondo is a combination of combat technique, self-defense, sport, exercise, entertainment, and philosophy.