Tae Kwon Do is a world wide, modern martial art with a scientific basis. Created in 1955 by the Grand Master Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan, the art was created for its speed and agility using Choi’s research of biomechanics and Newtonian physics, newly applied to his knowledge of the existing traditional arts of Korea and also Karate. Consequently, a correctly performed Spinning Back Kick can deliver more that 680.7 kg / 1,500 pounds of force and the majority of the movements are designed to defend from and attack, injure and take down an opponent. In a simple form the given name Tae Kwon Do expresses the concept of “Tae” – jumping or flying and to kick and smash with the foot “Kwon” – to destroy with hand or fist and “Do” signifies, an art, a way of life.
It is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.
Thus taken collectively "Taekwon-Do" indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defence as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.
Taekwon-Do definitely enables the weak to possess a fine weapon together with confidence to defend him or herself and defeat the opponent as well. Of course, wrongly applied, Taekwon-Do can be a lethal weapon. Therefore mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.