The name Taekwondo comes from the Korean words "Tae" meaning foot, "Kwon" meaning fist, and "Do," meaning way of. It is a very scientific and systematic form of martial arts that teaches far more than physical fighting skills. This discipline of fighting shows ways of enhancing the spirit and life through training the body and the mind.
Taekwondo is a very dynamic sport with active movements that include a large variety of foot skills. It is a martial art that has origins in Korea and has grown in popularity all throughout the world.
Taekwondo originated in Korea, and to this day that is where it is the most popular. At the professional level, fighters from South Korea have dominated the competitive field and have found the most success by far.
Taekwondo was first a demonstration sport in the Olympics in 1988, and became an official medal sport in 2000 at the Sydney games.