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Let's Learn About The Korean Martial Arts Styles

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Maybe you've heard of Chuck Norris. At the very least, you've probably seen one of his martial arts movies or read one of the jokes about him (here's a list- they're really good). Regardless, his initial training came in the Korean martial arts (Tang Soo Do, to be specific). Then there's Tae Kwon Do, the most often practiced martial art in the world. That's right, Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial arts style as well.

In the end, the Korean martial arts are known for their acrobatic kicks, similarities to some of the Japanese styles, and sheer popularity. So read on for more on the styles that make them what they are.

1. Hapkido

The Korean martial arts have their judo equivalent, and it's name is Hapkido.  Hapkido is a throwing art designed to put people on their back quickly and effectively.  Beyond this, the art also utilizes strikes within its arsenal.  Click the link to learn more.

2. Kuk Sool Won

The sport of mixed martial arts or MMA has become very popular in recent years.  When In Hyuk Suh formulated the martial arts style of Kuk Sool Won, he likely did not have a sports focus.  That said, he definitely did want to combine the various Korean martial types into one effective discipline.  Follow the link to learn more.

3. Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is the most popular martial arts type in the world today.  This striking art is known for its acrobatic kicks, graceful movements, and usefulness from a distance.  Click the link to find out more about this exciting Korean martial arts style

4. Taekkyon

Taekkyon is a ancient Korean martial arts style that teaches practitioners hand strikes, foot strikes, joint locks, and even head butts. Its movements are fluid and dance-like. Many of the Korean arts borrowed something from this style, which took a major hit during the Japanese occupation.

5. Tang Soo Do

When Korea attempted to unify all of their martial arts under one name, Tang Soo Do founder Hwang Kee held out. Though there are several similarities between Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do, there are some major differences as well (Tae Kwon Do is perhaps more sports and competition oriented, for example). Click the link to learn more.

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