1. Taekwondo is one of the two martial arts to be included in the Olympics (the other one is Judo). The International Military Sports Council introduced Taekwondo as a sports event in the Olympics on April 9, 1976.
2. Nowadays, commands or even numeral counting is spoken in the Korean language for Taekwondo.
3. The values that students of Taekwondo learned are not just applied in the sport. The Tenets of Taekwondo are characteristics that students must incorporate in their daily lives as well.
4.Today, over 70 million people in 188 countries practice Taekwondo. 4 million of them are black belts.
5. In the competing event of Taekwondo in the Olympics, only sparring technique is allowed. But in typical competitions, techniques such as breaking, self-defense, patters and also sparring is allowed.
6. The most common injuries in Taekwondo are bruisings and leg pulls and strains.
7. Usually associated with the Japanese martial art Karate, Taekwondo actually originated in Korea around 2,000 years ago.
8. The Taekwondo uniform is called the “Dobok”. A white belt is included upon the first rank, and the belt color would change as one advances in their ranks.
9. Taekwondo literally means “the way of the foot and fist” because Tae means “to destroy with the feet”, Kwon is “to strike” and Do is “path” or “way”.
10.Taekwondo is both a martial art and a combat sport.
11. Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks.
12. Taekwondo is also seen in Chuck Norris , Jean-Claude Van Damme and Tony Jaa movies, as well as many Hong Kong action films.
13. Taekwondo is more than just kicks and punches – it relies on concentration, combat philosophy, self-defense, and physical fitness.
14. The largest Taekwondo tournament organization is the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), headquartered in South Korea.
15. The Taekwondo Belt System There are six colors of belts: white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black.