Taekkyeon (Taekkyun/Taekkyon/태껸/택견) is one of the most refined martial arts of Korea. The origin of Taekkyeon goes back to 2000 years ago. Taekkyeon is well known for its variety of kicking skills and smooth and rhythmic, yet fast and powerful movement.
Taekkyeon barely survived under the oppression by the Japanese Colonialism (1910-1945). Only by the late Grandmaster Song Deok Ki (1893~1987), who was later recognized by the Korean government as the holder of Widae Taekkyeon, the 76th Important Intangible Cultural Property, Taekkyeon could maintain its form.
Taekkyeon and Other Related Martial Arts
Taekkyeon is also known as a primitive form of Taekwondo. Taekwondo is rather a modern martial art created during 1950 and it is difficult to find much similarity between the two forms of martial arts. Taekkyeon’s movement is rather similiar (yet different) to Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan). It is believed that, when Zhang Sanfeng created Tai Chi in the 12th century, he was influenced by Taekkyeon (or ‘Eastern’ martial arts) to introduce its unique smoothness to Chinese martial arts. Taekkyeon has unique rhythmic footwork and body motion which is hard to find from other forms of martial arts.
World Taekkyeon Federation (WTKF)
World Taekkyeon Federation (WTKF) is based in Los Angeles, California. WTKF’s purpose is to educate, promote, and enhance Taekkyeon as competitive martial arts and rich cultural heritage. The organization honors the heritage of Taekkyeon that has been maintained by late Grandmaster Song Deok Gi and Grandmaster Ko Yong Woo who had practiced under the Grandmaster Song from 1969.
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