tae kwon do

tae kwon do

noun, often capitalized T&K&D \ˈtī-ˈkwän-ˈdō\

: a style of fighting that originated in Korea and that uses kicks and punches but no weapons

Full Definition of TAE KWON DO

:  a Korean art of unarmed self-defense characterized especially by the extensive use of kicks

Origin of TAE KWON DO

Korean t'aekwŏndo, from t'ae- to kick + kwŏn fist + to way
First Known Use: 1967

tae kwon do

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Korean martial art resembling karate. It is characterized by the use of high standing and jump kicks as well as punches and is practiced for sport, self-defense, and spiritual development. In sparring, blows are stopped just short of contact. Based on earlier forms of Korean self-defense, tae kwon do was formalized and named in 1955. It became an Olympic sport in the year 2000.


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