Taekkyon is a traditional bare-hand martial arts korean people have
been developed by their unique character since the primitive ages and
are being called the original form of all the bare-hand martial arts
currently being practiced in Korea.|
Before the 6th century Taekkyon was habitually practiced by ruling
classes and from the 9th to 12th century, got very popular even among
the common people. By quoting Koryusa (Korean history book written
in 15th century) Taekkyon are widely encouraged and practiced from the
king himself to farmers. This trend continued until the early stage of
But as the society moved toward a system that encouraged only
literary(pen) and contempting military(sword), after 13th century
Taekkyon was more favoured as a folk customs.
During the Japanese colonial period, Taekkyon has been banned and
therefore has almost vanished. Fortunately one old-man called Song
Duk-Ki(1893¡1987) did survive and could hand it down to us.
After independense of Korea, instead of Taekkyon, japanese style
martial arts (like Judo and Karate etc.) are more popular as there are
many masters who learned them.
Moreover, new martid arts called Taekwondo is established after Korean
War and there were confusion between Taekkyon and Taekwondo. But these
two martial arts have nothing in common and are compeletly different.
Taekkyon was designated by the government "Important Intangible
Cultural Asset No. 76" in June 1, 1983 owing to the elaborate efforts
by Shin, Han-Seung(1928¡1987) who learned Taekkyon from Song,
Duk-Ki and both masters became authorized beholder of Taekkyon
Lee Yong-Bok, who learned Taekkyon from these two masters in 1984
has established "Korea Traditional Taekkyon Institute" to revive
From this time on, the popularization of Taekkyon began and in June
30, 1985 first Taekkyon game revived after 80 years in Kooduk
stadium located in Pusan.
In Jan. 1, 1991 the Korea Taekkyon Association was established and in
Nov. 30, 1998 Taekkyon became the official member of "National Sports
Council for All".
Very recently in Feb. 2, 2001 the Korea Taekkyon Association entered
officially into "Korea Sports Council" and this will certainly be the
great turning-point for developing Taekkyon as Taekkyon(lead by Korea
Taekkyon Associatin) has been approved as specialty athletics by
"Korea Sports Council". Korea Taekkyon Association now has its
subdivisions all over the countuy and supports more than 160
institutions, 110 university circles and 120 citizen clubs.
It also has total about 10 nation-wide Taekkyon championship game