Taekwondo has grown with unprecedented rapidity as a worldwide sport. It has become the most practiced martial art style in the world. Modern Taekwondo has developed into a unique martial art that incorporates both the quick, linear movements that characterize the various Japanese styles and the flowing circular movements of Chinese styles. But what truly distinguishes Taekwondo from other martial arts is its varied and uniquely powerful kicking techniques. Taekwondo's diverse nature is where its true strength lies.
Taekwondo has achieved what Korea's most skilled diplomats have been unable to accomplish. It has people around the world showing respect to the Korean flag and learning about traditional, indigenous Korean culture. It plays a vital role in preserving traditional Korean culture in the face of western cultural imperialism.
Taekwondo has advanced far beyond being merely a martial art that people study as a recreational activity. At Yong Ni University in Seoul, Korea, students may earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in the martial arts, including Taekwondo. University students go on to become Taekwondo instructors, spreading the virtues of Taekwondo to people throughout the world.
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