At the Tanny Academy of Martial Arts, we teach traditional ITF Taekwon-do, which is the original style of Taekwon-do founded by General Choi Hong Hi. Our training covers the original 24 Chang hon patterns, fundamental movements and techniques, breaking, self defense, step sparring and sparring as well as conditioning and theory. We are affiliated with the Colorado International Taekwon-do (CIT) as a member school under Master Roena, VII Dan Black Belt, as well aswith the American Taekwon-do Federation International (ATFI) and the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), based out of Vienna, Austria. Students earning their black belts through our dojang will receive international recognition of their rank through the ITF organization.
We currently offer three different Taekwon-do programs at our dojang based on age and ability. Please check out our programs for more details and contact us to take advantage of our Introductory Special, which includes a uniform and two lessons with a certified black belt instructor.
Taekwon-do has many benefits for both children and adults including improved fitness, flexibility, focus and confidence. Read more about the benefits of Taekwon-do.
History of Taekwon-do
The earliest form of martial arts practiced in Korea was traced back to 2000 years ago. Although Taekwon-do is a combination of many styles of Martial Arts, the core techniques and philosophies are based on Taek Kyon, the ancient martial art of Korea. Modern day Taekwon-do was also largely influenced by the Japanese martial art of Shotokan Karate.
TaeKwon-Do is a way of life and is a universal art of self defense that is practiced by thousands of martial artists around the world today. “Tae” stands for jumping or flying or to kick or smash with the foot. “Kwon” means the fist – to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way. So as it is literally translated, Taekwon-Do means “the art or way of the hand and foot”.
General Choi was born in 1918 during the Japanese rule of Korea. During his youth, he was sent to study calligraphy under Han Il Dong, a master of Taek Kyon, where he also learned this ancient Korean art of foot fighting. General Choi then travelled to Japan later on to study English, mathematics and karate under Kim and Funakoshi Gichin, where he learned Shotokan Karate and attained the rank of 2nd dan.
On April 11, 1955, General Choi officially named this martial art, calling it TaeKwon-Do. He combined elements of Taek Kyon (an ancient Korean martial art) and Shotokan Karate. Choi was credited with starting the spread of TaeKwon-Do internationally by stationing Korean TaeKwon-Do instructors around the world to promote and teach it. The ITF (International TaeKwon-Do Federation) was officially formed on March 22, 1966.
The other major style of TaeKwon-Do practiced today is WTF style (World Tae Kwon Do Federation), which the South Korean government formed in 1973 during General Choi’s exile to Canada. WTF Tae Kwon Do comes from the Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system sihap gyeorugi and is now a major event at the summer Olympic Games and the official national sport of South Korea.