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History of Chang Hon Taekwondo

History of Chang Hon Taekwondo


Chang Hon Taekwondo was developed by General Choi Hong Hi who was a military General both in the Japanese military during the occupation of Korea and after the occupation ended he was a General and leader of the Korean military. General Choi had attained Ni-Dan rank in Shotokan Karate and started teaching the Korean military under his command Karate in 1946. Later in 1954 during one demonstration the Korean president noted the power displayed by a Korean master and ordered General Choi to teach this to rest of the military as a hand to hand fighting system for all military personnel. This became the catalyst of what eventually came to be known as Taekwondo.


In 1967 one of Korean military division came under attack by Vietnamese, it was 1500 to 254 Korean regiment and the Vietnamese were forced to come to close quarters combat with the Korean regiment that proved the combative force of Taekwondo. [“On the night of St. Valentines Day, North Vietnamese regiment of 1,500 men struck at the 254 man Korean company. It was knife to knife and hand to hand and in that sort of fighting the Koreans, with their deadly form of Taekwondo are unbeatable. When the action stopped shortly after dawn, 104 lay within the wire, many of them eviscerated or brained. All told, 253 Reds were killed in the clash while Koreans only lost 15 and 30 wounded” by Time Magazine 24 Feb 1967] proving the effective force and power of Taekwondo.


General Choi along with other pioneers of martial arts developed what is coined today as Taekwondo. The development of this style started after the occupation of Japan ended in 1945, with the first form or pattern being introduced in 1955 and according to General Choi in an interview it concluded in 1983.