April 11th, 1955, the name Taekwon-Do was officially adopted for the
martial art General Choi Hong Hi had developed using elements of the
ancient Korean martial art of Taek Kyon and of Shotokan karate, a martial
art he had learned while studying in Japan.
The philosophical values and the goals of Taekwon-Do are firmly rooted
in the traditional moral culture of the Orient. On the technical side,
defensive and offensive tactics are based on principles of physics,
particularly Newton's Law, which explains how to generate maximum force
by increasing speed and mass during the execution of a movement.
Wanting to share the results of his philosophical reflections and his
technical experiments, General Choi planned and wrote a unique reference
work, the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do. In its fifteen volumes, he explained
in detail the rules and practices of this art.
Always striving for excellence, General Choi presented Taekwon-Do as
in a state of continuous evolution, open to changes that would improve
its effectiveness. He wrote that anyone who believes he has fully discharged
his duty will soon perish. Likewise, any undertaking that is perceived
to have reached its objectives is likely to lose momentum, stagnate,