General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder and Grand Master of Tae Kwon-Do, was born in North Korea in 1918. While studying in Kyoto, Japan, Gen. Choi took up karate, and attained the rank of second Black Belt. Armed with this knowledge and that of Taek-kyon, he began to forge the techniques of a new martial arts system.
Taekwon-Do, as practised today, is a modern art of self defense.Through his research of many martial arts and by using principles of modern science, he designed techniques that provides the student with maximum power and effectiveness.
Taekwon-Do has grown in popularity and is taught in nearly every country in the world. It is greatly renowned for its spectacular and dynamic kicking techniques. This has led to the misconception that Taekwon-Do is just a kicking art. Since the legs are more powerful than the arms, Taekwon-Do does make extensive use of the legs but kicks make up only a small fraction of the total number of Taekwon-Do techniques. There are also blocks, punches, and strikes with the hands or arms as well as basic throws and grappling.
The range of techniques cater for all types of situations including defending against more than one opponent, and against weapons.