TKD History

(Excerpted from the official program of the 1st World Cup Games, July 3-5, 1986.)

TaeKwonDo is the traditional Korean martial art which literally means “The Way of the Feet and Fist.” It combines sharp, strong, angular movements with graceful and free-flowing circular movements to produce a marnious balance of beauty and power. withe the addition of its own devastating kicking techniques (TKD trademark), it is a compete, integrated and unique system of self-defense and personal improvement. “In a one hour and fifteen minute class,” says Michael L. Weintraub, Executive Director of the USTU, “you will get the equivalent of forty-five minutes of yoga plus the most effective means of self defense.”(N.Y. Times, SUNDAY MAGAZINE, May 4, 1986.)

As a practical means of self-defense, as a satisfying and complete regimen of physical conditioning, and as an aid to improved concentration and mental performance – the art of TKD offers a total fitness program integrating mind, body and spirit.

TKD was first introduced into the USA in the 1950’s. Along the path of unification initiated by the WTF, instructors in the US organized and made possible the admission of TKD into the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 1974. Under the sanction of the National AAU  TaeKwonDo Union, using guidelines developed by the WTF, TKD as a competitive sport developed rapidly,. In response to this growth, the NAAUTU was renamed the USTU, Inc. in 1984 and offices were established at the US Olymic Complex in Colorado Springs. Today, the USTU is the TKD federation recognized by the United States Olympic committee as the national governing body.