Tae Kwon Do is a form of martial arts that originated in Korea. Tae kwon do origins date back to 2000 yeas. While much of the ideal that the art proposes come from the past, most of the movements and technique used in tae kwon docome from imbibing various forms and in this sense it is an art that has evolved over time.
The chief characteristic of tae kwon do is a set of quick, high and spinning kicks and this feature sets it apart from other forms of martial arts such as karate or Kung Fu. Emphasis is placed on using the leg because the leg is considered to be the longest part of the body and also that part which is able to exercise the strongest impact on the opponent as a powerful strike using the leg against the opponent can destabilize the opponent.
A learner of tae kwon do begins learning with the white belt, which signifies, absence of knowledge. Learner then progresses to the yellow belt, which shows that they have imbibed some training in tae kwon do, but still have a long way to go. After completing this stage, the learner acquires the green belt, which signifies their maturity into the art.
In the next stage the learner wears the blue belt which shows that they are near to becoming masters in this tae kwon do. In the state after this, the student will be given a red belt, which is a symbol for warning other learners or opponents about his or her mastery in tae kwon do. Finally, the student will receive the black belt which brings them to enter into a more complex level of learning this art and signifies that they ventured into the higher realms of understanding and practicing tae kwon do.
Tae kwon do is popular with both men and women in Korea. Tae kwon do is more than just a combat sport it is also exercise, mean of relaxation and learning self-defense. Tae kwon do is also Korea's national sport.
In the 1960's, many of the Japanese-based karates were replaced and the movements were more standardized as a result of which Tae kwon do has become more of a sport. Today tae kwon do is also an official Olympic sport.