Kwon denotes a fist used to punch or destroy. Do is the art, the way, the method. The study of Tae Kwon Do not only improves one’s physical fitness and health (tae & kwon) but also employs at its highest goal inner peace and serenity (do).
Tae Kwon Do is one of the oldest martial arts with a history spanning over two thousand years.� It can be traced back to when Korea was divided into three kingdoms or provinces, Shilla, Koguryo and Baekche.� Shilla was founded on the Kyongju plain in 57 B.C. and Koguryo in 37 B.C. in the Yalu river valley.� Baekche was later founded on the southwestern area of Korean peninsula in 18 B.C.� Evidence of Tae Kwon Do can be found on murals painted on tomb walls dating back to the Koguryo period (37 B.C. � 66 B.C.).� The murals depict people clearly performing techniques very similar to those of Modern Tae Kwon Do practice.