Hwa rang changes Korea and tae kwon do history
Tae kwon do history tells us that the Hwa Rang (the way of flowering manhood) were an elite group of young men within the Silla kingdom schooled in military tactics, which was necessary because of the constant harassment the Silla kingdom received from Japanese pirates along the coastline.
Being the smallest of the Three Kingdoms, Silla requested help from the largest kingdom, Koguryo, in combating the pirates.
This is how the Koguryo Taek Kyon, was thought to spread beyond its own borders. You will see how Taek Kyon became a root of tae kwon do.
The young warriors took open hand fighting techniques and continued to develop and use them, incorporating them into the education of their select few members.
Although Silla was the smallest and least civilized of the Three Kingdoms, it was the discipline and training of these warriors that changed the structure of Korea.
The Silla kingdom conquered the Koguryo and Paekche kingdoms and unified the Korean peninsula in AD668.
The warriors traveled throughout the peninsula, spreading their knowledge of all things, including Taek Kyon.
The Silla dynasty lasted from AD668-AD935.
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