Givans Taekwondo Academy has one of the best Sports Taekwondo programs in Northern California. This program headed by Master Edward E. Givans US National Assistance Team Coach and Trainer. Our goal is to place members on the California State, U.S National Team, and Olympic Team. Our competition team trains 5 times a week.
Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art practiced in 188 countries.
WHAT IS TAEKWONDO?
Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art, which means “the way of kicking and punching”. In taekwondo, hands and feet can be used to overcome an opponent, but the trademark of the sport is its combination of kick movements.
A LONG HISTORY
The origin of taekwondo dates back to Korea’s Three-Kingdom era (c.50 BC) when Silla Dynasty warriors, the Hwarang, began to develop a martial art – Taekkyon (“foot-hand”).
During the early 20th century, taekwondo became the dominant form of martial arts practised in Korea. Subsequently taekwondo was designated as the Korean national martial art to be promoted internationally. In 1973, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was founded as the worldwide legitimate governing body of the sport, and the first World Championships were held in Seoul, Korea that year.a
RECENT OLYMPIC HISTORY
Taekwondo is one of the two Asian martial arts included on the Olympic program. Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Games, and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Games. USA Steven Lopez is the most decorated Olympian in Taekwondo with 5 World Championships and 3 Olympic Medals.