The FOUNDATIONS of Tae Kwon Do can be traced back thousands of years. Korea possesses a long and illustrious history of developing and refining advanced systems of martial arts.

This history was idealized by the Hwa Rang warriors of the fifth century B.C. It is said that the "Flowering Youth," as they were known, brought an end to regional conflict, united the kingdoms on the Korean peninsula, and spread their understanding of Buddhism and warfare to the island nation of Japan. This historic transmission of knowledge helped to give birth to Japanese samurai culture. Although martial culture on the Korean peninsula dates back to the beginning of recorded time, the system of martial arts that came to be known as Tae Kwon Do is less than a century old.

Written by Conrad Howard — November 22, 2012

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