often capitalized T&K&D
: a Korean art of unarmed self-defense characterized especially by the extensive use of kicks

Examples of tae kwon do in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tae kwon do was in 1967

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“Tae kwon do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tae%20kwon%20do. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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tae kwon do

often capitalized T&K&D
: a Korean art of self-defense resembling karate

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