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Histories Of Taekwondo

This link takes you to the official history of Taekwondo according to the I.T.F.  It is accurate insofar as the information is all true.  However, it doesn’t include any part of the W.T.F.’s role in the world of Taekwondo.  This site is rife with the official party-line.  Like the entire I.T.F. site, it is strangely zealous in its coverage and praise of General Choi Hong Hi, whose biography you can also find at their site. 

This link takes you to the official history of Taekwondo according to the W.T.F.  Like the site above, it is accurate but fails to mention anything about the I.T.F. or General Choi’s participation in the formation of Taekwondo.  The only pitfall of this site is that it covers the “history” of Taekwondo dating back to ancient times.  While this might be indicative of a history of martial arts in Korea, it is not Taekwondo.  Taekwondo, as both a word or a martial art, never existed until the 1950’s. 

The following are three very well written histories of Taekwondo.  They were originally personal emails, eventually posted to an email listserv named “dojang-digest”.  They are much more “rounded” than the official histories listed above, containing information on both the I.T.F.’s and W.T.F.’s involvement. 
A history of TKD by Dave Steffen

A history of TKD by David Jewell 

A history of TKD by Dakin Burdick.


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