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History

Tae Kwon-Do  became perfected in its present form by Major General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002) and has been scientifically developed and modernised since its introduction to the world on April 11th 1955. It is based on an ancient form of unarmed combat developed over many centuries in Korea with some influence from karate. The earliest records of its practice date back to 50BC where tomb paintings show men in fighting stances practising forms known as Taek Kyon.

Tae Kwon-Do was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1967 by Rhee Ki Ha. 

Tae Kwon-Do's popularity was well established world wide by 1983 but owing to political differences arising in Korea, had already split into two organisations and styles; the International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) and World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF).

Several attempts had been made to unite the two Tae Kwon Do organisations but these were unsuccessful. It was largely because of all this that in August 1983 it was decided to form, in the UK, an organisation that would be run on principles far more democratic than were permitted by the two governing bodies of the time (the ITF and WTF). This became the basis of the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB).

Five years later, in April 1988, the TAGB became a founding member of the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC). The BTC is the only body recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council and it incorporates 15 different organisations.

The TAGB, with over 25,000 members represents the next stage in the development of Tae Kwon Do. With its grounding in the ethos and tenets which were first espoused by the Hwa Rang over 2,000 years ago and its open acceptance and constant development of forms, training techniques and ideas, it stands poised to take an ancient fighting form into the 21st century, successfully linking the distant past with an equally distant, and certainly no less wondrous, future.

In view of this, in 1993, a new world body was formed called Tae Kwon Do International. The new body encompasses both ITF and WTF stylists, it is entirely non-political in orientation and its sole aim is to promote the benefits of Tae Kwon Do as a sport and as a martial art, worldwide. The TAGB is a founding member of this new body.
Choi Hong Hi
Major General Choi Hong Hi




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