Taekwondo Timeline

By Scott Shaw

  • 1931 Chosun Yun Moon Kwan is founded by Lee, Kyung Suk.
  • 1944 Chung Do Kwan is founded by Lee, Won Kuk.
  • 1944 Song Moo Kwan Ro is founded by Byung Jick.
  • 1944 Song Moo Kwan closes.
  • 1945 Korean Independence from Japanese Occupation.
  • 1945 Chosun Yun Moo Kwan begins teaching Kwon Bop (Japanese Karate). The program is named, Chosun Yun Moo Kwan Kwon Bup Bu.
  • 1945 The foundations of Moo Duk Kwan begin; founded by Hwang Kee.
  • 1945 Chung Do Kwan closed.
  • 1946 Chung Do Kwan reopens.
  • 1946 Song Moo Kwan reopens.
  • 1946 Hwang Kee titles his martial art organization, Kyo Tong Bu Woo Hae and teaches Tang Soo Do Bu.
  • 1946 Chang Moo Kwan is founded by Yoon, Byung In
  • 1950 — 1953 The Korean War. Most Kwans, (schools of self-defense), close in Korea.
  • 1953 Oh Do Kwan is founded by General Choi, Hong Hi and Major Nam, Tae Hi.
  • 1953 Hwang Kee retitles his system Moo Duk Kwan.
  • 1953 The Korea Kong Soo Do Association is formed.
  • 1955 General Choi, Hong Hi formally coins the name Taekwondo.
  • 1955 Moo Duk Kwan Central Gymnasium opens.
  • 1956 Kang Duk Won is founded by Hong, Jung Pyo and Park, Chul Hee.
  • 1956 Yoon, Kwe Byung renames Chang Moo Kwan, Ji Do Kwan.
  • 1959 The Korea Taekwondo Association is formed.
  • 1961 The Korea Taekwondo Association collapsed.
  • 1961 The Korea Tae Soo Do Association is formed.
  • 1962 Hwang Kee’s Korea Soo Bahk Do Association is granted governmental recognition.
  • 1965 The Korea Taekwondo Association is formed.
  • 1965 Moo Duk Kwan splits and two separate organizations emerge: Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan and Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan.
  • 1966 The International Taekwondo Federation is formed.
  • 1971 Construction of Kukkiwon begins.
  • 1972 Construction of Kukkiwon is completed.
  • 1972 The International Taekwondo Federations moves to Toronto, Cananda.
  • 1972 Taekwondo becomes the National Sport of Korea.
  • 1973 The World Taekwondo Federation is formed.
  • 1973 The first World Taekwondo Championships.
  • 1974 The first Asian Taekwondo Championships.
  • 1980 International Olympic Committee recognizes the World Taekwondo Federation.
  • 1981 Taekwondo participate in the first World Games.
  • 1982 Taekwondo is adopted as a demonstration sport in the Olympic Games.
  • 1983 Taekwondo participates in the Pan American Games.
  • 1988 Taekwondo participates as a demonstration sport in the Olympic Games.
  • 1992 Taekwondo participates as a demonstration sport in the Olympic Games.
  • 1994 Taekwondo is selected as a full Olympic sport for the 2000 Olympic Games.
  • 1996 Taekwondo participates as a demonstration sport in the Olympic Games.
  • 2000 Taekwondo becomes an official sport of the Olympic Games.
  • 2004 Taekwondo participates as an official sport of the Olympic Games.

Copyright © 2004 — All Rights Reserved.
No part of this may be reproduced without the expressed permission of Scott Shaw or his representatives.