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Tae kwon do Styles

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The modern history of tae kwon do styles began in the mid 1940's after World War II. Japanese occupation had ended and Korean martial artists were once again able to practice their arts in the open.

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art whose name literally translates as the “foot fist way”.

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Two main orginizations came to life, WTF or World Tae kwon do Federation and ITF or International Tae kwon do Federation.

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ITF Tae Kwon Do

These two branches of the original modern tae kwon do are both political in nature. Where there are politics, there are disagreements.

Learn more about ITF tae kwon do and the early styles it is based upon.

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International Tae Kwon Do Association


American organizations began in the late 1960's early 70's as an alternative to the Korean based organizations.

While the International Tae kwon do Association is the non-political alternative started by an American Master of the Korean arts.

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American Tae kwon do Association

American Tae kwon do Association is a direct descendant of the teachings of the founder of ITF.

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Kukkiwon represents the research and learning center for taekwondo.


Kukkiwon and the WTF which are often mistaken as one organization, have undergone some changes in recent years.

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