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In Korean, derived from hanja, tae (跆) means to destroy with the foot;kwon
(拳) means to strike or smash with the hand; and do (道) means art, or way
of life. Hence, taekwondo is loosely translated as "the way of the foot and
fist". Taekwondo's popularity has resulted in the divergent evolution of the
martial art. As with many other martial arts, taekwondo is a combination of
combat technique, self-defense, sport, exercise, entertainment, and
philosophy.

Based on three concepts of foot techniques, hand techniques, and mental discipline, Taekwondo was exclusively
developed in Korea for more than 20 centuries. Eventually, the art form entered mainstream society as a popular
sport. Taekwondo features mainly the use of bare fists and feet in self-defense.

As a worldwide sport, Taekwondo has gained popularity internationally with more than 50,000,000 people
enrolled in schools in 160 countries. Taekwondo was an exhibition game in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the
1992 Barcelona Olympics in Spain. In 1994, the International Olympic Committee chose Taekwondo as an official
sport beginning with the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia.





 
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