Tae Kwon Do is a martial art and sport of duels that came from Korea. In Korean Tae means to destroy with the foot, Kwon means strike or crushing by hand and Do means way or direction. Thus Tae Kwon Do translates freely as «the way hitting with hands and feet.
The popularity of Tae Kwon Do has contributed to its divergent evolution. As with many other martial arts, Tae Kwon Do is a combination of combat techniques, self defense, sport, exercise, entertainment, and philosophy.
Although there are great ideological and technical differences between public and private organizations of Tae Kwon Do, the art in general is pointing on kicks from a kinetic position, emphasizing the wide range of feet to neutralize the opponent from a distance. The training in Tae Kwon Do often involves a system of blocks, punches and blows with hands-free techniques and may also include various throws, joint locks, although it generally does not emphasize fighting.