tae kwon do

noun, often capitalized T&K&D
\ ˈtī-ˈkwän-ˈdō How to pronounce tae kwon do (audio) \

Definition of tae kwon do

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Her course blended techniques from karate, kung fu, and tae kwon do to help women overpower would-be attackers. Pauline Nyambura, The Christian Science Monitor, "Karate grannies: As assaults persist, Nairobi’s women fight back," 2 Sep. 2020 One of the nuns (the fraternity has both nuns and priests), Sister Marie Chantel, trained in the martial arts (judo and tae kwon do), and many of her fellow nuns also practiced self-defense, albeit mostly for sport. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "If Buffy found religion: A Catholic order battles evil in Warrior Nun trailer," 17 June 2020 Allen says Hader wanted three distinct fighting styles in Episode 5: Ronny’s tae kwon do; Barry’s adapted Marine combat; and Lily’s supernatural martial arts/gymnastics/animal craziness. Los Angeles Times, "How did that jaw-dropping ‘Barry’ episode come together?," 14 Aug. 2019 The actress is working on improving her health with tae kwon do and alternative therapies Olivia Munn is working on her health after stress took its toll on her body. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Olivia Munn Had Health Problems After Speaking Out About Sexual Assault in Hollywood," 25 June 2019 Prosecutors allege Mackai met the girl, who is under 16, as part of his duties as a tae kwon do instructor at a now-shuttered studio. oregonlive.com, "Martial arts instructor accused of raping, recording sex acts with underage student," 7 June 2019 Cinco de Mayo and Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lace up and enjoy free family-friendly fun, including a Zumba dance party, face painting, tae kwon do lessons, healthy food and drinks, live music, exciting games and prizes. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Air show, music fests, free comics top family fun this weekend," 2 May 2018 Get to know dominant Quenton Nelson (and his history with tae kwon do) before the Notre Dame product becomes one of the highest drafted guards in recent memory with this film breakdown. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "NFL Weighs Giving Defenses a Boost," 28 Feb. 2018 Do not have your kid do baseball, soccer, lacrosse, tae kwon do, a DIFFERENT lacrosse league, and diving all at once. Drew Magary, GQ, "7 Dad Hacks Every Modern Dad Should Know," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tae kwon do

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tae kwon do

Korean t'aekwŏndo, from t'ae- to kick + kwŏn fist + to way

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“Tae kwon do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tae%20kwon%20do. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tae kwon do

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

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