Originating in Korea, (since 300 B.C) Tae Kwon Do is the oldest form of unarmed Self Defence.
For many reasons TKD lost its place in the hierarchy of Korea and was taken over by ordinary people as a recreational activity.
Again in the early 20th Century, TKD was forced out of Korea once the Japanese took control, however TKD went underground where it stayed alive. By the 1940’s Korea was liberated and once again TKD came back to life as a martial art.
Today TKD is practiced through out most countries in the world and has recently been entered as an Olympic sport at Sydney 2000.
Korea has set up a National Headquarters for TKD called Kukkiwon the ruling body for TKD.
In Australia, TKD has its main body called TKD Australia, which is associated and affiliated with Kukkiwon and World Tae Kwon Do Federation.