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 a modern martial art created in 1950’s, and there is a significant difference between the two forms of martial arts. Taekkyeon’s smooth movement is rather similiar (yet different) to Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan). When Zhang Sanfeng created Tai Chi in the 12th century, he was influenced by ‘Eastern’ (East of China) martial arts, which is believed to be Taekkyeon, and introduced its unique smoothness to Chinese martial arts. Taekkyeon’s rhythmic footwork and smooth body motion are difficult to find in 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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