History of Taekwondo
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and Olympic sport that was developed after World War 2 in Korea by various martial artists but is usually attributed to military general and martial artist Choi Hong Hi. Modern Taekwondo differs greatly from other martial arts. In fact, no other martial art is so advanced in terms of sophistication and effectiveness of its techniques or the over-all physical fitness it imparts to its practitioners. The modern art of Taekwondo traces its history back many centuries to the three ancient kingdoms of Korea, Silla, Koguryo and Baek je. Murals and rock carvings dating to the 6th century AD depict activities that resemble Soo Bak and Taek Kyon, the native fighting methods of Korea.
Through the centuries China, and in later times Japan, included the culture of Korea in many ways. Chinese developments in the martial arts likely filtered over and were incorporated into the Korean systems, though little documented evidence of this exists. Unlike its neighbors, Korea went through a period of over 400 years during which all martial and military activities were looked down upon. No real developments occurred during this time and the roots of Taekwondo nearly died out.