Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art practiced all over the world. Interest continues to grow for many reasons. Virtually everyone who is involved with this art agrees that it is an outstanding way to improve physical fitness, mental focus and self-discipline. Children who study Taekwondo often exhibit great motivation and increased self esteem. Besides these benefits, participants can train for competition and learn self defense techniques.
Taekwondo focuses to a great extent on footwork, kicking, fluid motion, and strategy. Because of its explosive power, lightning quickness, and immense popularity, TKD has secured a spot as an Official Olympic Medal Sport.
Taekwondo was adopted as an Official Olympic Medal Sport in Sydney 2000. Taekwondo is now a modern Martial Sport with over 40 million practitioners. "Kukkiwon" The World Taekwondo Headquarters was built in 1972 Seoul, Korea and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was inaugurated in 1973. The WTF currently has over 179 member nations.