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Tae Kwon Do: One Name, Two Disciplines
When learning tae kwon do, you might be studying only one of two versions of one of the world’s most popular sports. Here, Groupon takes a look at how tae kwon do evolved into its current forms.
Known as “the way of the foot and fist” in Korean, tae kwon do is one of the world’s most popular martial arts. Based on a combination of karate and an ancient Korean self-defense style called tae kyon, the sport as we now know it was originally developed in South Korea in the 1940s by Choi Hong Hi, a founder of the country’s military and an eventual war hero. Choi Hong Hi wanted practitioners of his martial art to balance mental and physical discipline, so his version heavily incorporates repetitive patterns of punching and kicking known as hyung, moves which are as calculated and rehearsed as they are reactive and defensive. Another version of tae kwon do, sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation, puts less of an emphasis on spiritual growth, instead highlighting the physical aspect, especially kicks. Because of the high physical demands, WTF fighters usually wear pads around their head and torso for protection from competitor’s blows and stray bees.
When Choi left South Korea for Canada in the 1970s over political disagreements, he moved his style’s governing body—the International Taekwon-Do Federation—there as well, leaving the WTF to continue its approach in South Korea. As a result, the WTF version is arguably the more popular iteration of tae kwon do in the world today. Since Choi’s passing in 2002, leaders of both the ITF and the WTF have met to consider joining the two branches, but the differences largely remain intact, forever sparring for worldwide supremacy.
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About Ahn Taekwondo Institute
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Ahn Taekwondo Institute is known for high quality martial arts instruction with a flare for fun. One of the most respected schools in the Midwest, our instructors include some of the most experienced and highly recognized black belts in the art of Taekwondo. Our facility is over 10,000 square feet and is fully matted. Ahn Taekwondo Institute offers a variety of Martial Arts programs that will fit your family’s needs. In addition to Taekwondo, we offer Hapkido, Classical Weapons and our Little Bears class for preschool aged children. Moms and Dads are getting in the best shape of their lives and spending valuable time with their children while having a great time learning practical self-defense.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Ahn Taekwondo Institute has been serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities for over 50 years. Together, we have been building and developing excellent martial artists and well-rounded citizens, strengthening the mind, body and spirit of individuals, and building unity in the families and communities we serve.
What do you love most about your job? Our instructors love to see our students grow over time. Not only do we teach traditional, quality martial arts, we focus on individual growth and achievement. We have students that have been a part of our martial arts family from age 5, and as an adult, they are still training. Plain and simple, our school is a family, and I look forward to spending time with them every day.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? There have been so many success stories over the years that we have been teaching. I want to give a more current example. We have a student that hasbeen training for almost 2 years. She came to us as a timid, quiet, little girl who was struggling with anxiety and nightmares. She now is testing for her purple belt, and she has become a leader in her classes, and is growing in confidence every day. Her mother credits her abilities to overcome obstacles, her lack of nightmares, and lowered anxiety to her training at our school. She is a new kid, and it's amazing to think that we have been a small part of that!