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Tae Kwon Do

            It is hard to teach mortals and ethics to today's youth with no help. Some turn to religion, others to parents or elders and then there are the select few who turn to Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do sets a code of mortal principles and ethics, which are not found anywhere else. Children who take Tae Kwon Do tend to do better in life because of basic traditional Tae Kwon Do values taught at almost every martial arts school. It is a unique and interesting sport. Not only does it teach basic skills of self defense, but also develops a student mentally (McDowell). This magnificent sport is still thriving today. .
             Many say Tae Kwon Do originated in the Silla Kingdom, Korea during the sixth century. The Silla Kingdom was the smallest of the three kingdoms: Baekchae, Koguryo, and Silla, and was always in fear of being overrun by its much larger neighbor, Koguryo. So during the 6th century, Chin-Hung, the ruler of the kingdom of the time, organized a military group of selected young strong men to participant in a regular physical and moral discipline practice which was called t"aekyon (Vision Martial Arts Center). .
             Some think that the only reason Chin-Hung came up with this style was because the military need an effective way to defend themselves. Before he had come up with this system, there were many other systems of martial arts, all unique in their own way. This system was thought up independent of the other systems of martial arts. It wasn't until the Japanese occupation that the style really changed and developed. From 1910 and onwards, Chinese and Japanese empty-hand techniques were introduced; transforming the old art into what it is today (Crompton 168). This is why Tae Kwon Do is very similar to Japanese karate. The Japanese had a great influence on the native Korean martial arts. It wasn't until after Korea's liberation in 1945 that the native art of t"aekyon took off. The Japanese occupation of Korea had obviously renewed Korean interest in the martial arts.

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