tae kwon do

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

Definition of tae kwon do 

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

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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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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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