Modern History of Taekwondo the popular Martial Art & Olympic Sport

Korean instructors began going abroad to teach Taekwondo in the 1960s, which could be called a turning point in the history of Taekwondo. Taekwondo made its way to the world sport through the 1st World Taekwondo Championships held in Seoul, Korea in May 1973 with participation of 19 countries. At the Seoul meet held on May 28, 1973 on the occasion of the championships, representatives of those countries established the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).


In 1996, member countries of the WTF totalled 144 and the global Taekwondo population is estimated at 30 million people. Spurred by the recognition of Taekwondo by the IOC at its 83rd General Session in 1980, Taekwondo has been rapidly developing an international sport. It was adopted as a demonstration sport of the 24th Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the 25th Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Taekwondo was adopted as an official sport of 2000 Sydney Olympic Games at the 103rd Session of the IOC held in Paris, France on September 4, 1994. Taekwondo has consolidated its position in the world sport as fast as any other martial art. Continental championships are hosted by four member regional unions of the WTF. There is World and Women’s World Championships, World Cup Taekwondo, CISM Taekwondo Championships and FISU World University Championships. Taekwondo is being played as an official sport in most international multi-sport games such as World Games, Pan American Games, All Africa Games, Southeast Asian Games and Central American Games.

History About Pinnacle Taekwondo

Pinnacle Martial Arts World Class Grand Masters, Master Instructors and Taekwondo Black Belt Instructors are all highly renowned and certified nationally and internationally.

The Pinnacle team of Grand Masters and international Masters continue to learn the Art from the highest and most knowledgeable Taekwondo figures in the world to ensure the highest techniques, methods and skills are passed on to our members in an enhanced form specifically designed to our members various levels

The instructors at Pinnacle Martial Arts Academy in Sydney have over 150 years’ experience in Martial Arts which is unparalleled by any other Martial Arts Academy. You will usually find this experience on the floor at one time passing their knowledge and skills to their students. Our least experienced instructor holds an impressive globally recognised Black Belt 5th Dan from the Kukkiwon World headquarters, therefore providing the highest quality of training anywhere in the world.

Pinnacle Taekwondo has incorporated Karate, Boxing, Hapkido, Kung Fu and many other popular Martial Art disciplines to create a dynamic, fun, effective and modern style.

Our Taekwondo style is even modified for kids , Teens & adults starting from the 3 years of age.

Instructors travel the world for international seminars and training camps to learn and keep up to date with the latest trends, styles and training methods. Pinnacle is a leader in the Sport Taekwondo Australia creating champions in local, state, national and international tournaments.

Pinnacle has a unique way in addressing the development of the Mind, Body and Spirit through our innovative and dynamic Taekwondo program. Which helps gain, develop and improve confidence, discipline, self-control, self-esteem, respect, decisions making, problem solving, social skills, fitness, flexibility, speed, agility, power, balance, coordination, agility, cross training and motor skills all while having fun in a safe and motivating environment.

The five taekwondo tenets that Pinnacle abides by are:

Courtesy (Ye Ui)

Taekwondo students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others.

Students should address instructors as Sir and to bow to the instructors before and after classes.

Turning up early or on time for classes is also an aspect of courtesy.

Integrity (Yom Chi)

One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt.

Taekwondo students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles.

Perseverance (In Nae)

Perseverance means having patience.

One of the most important secrets of becoming a leader in Taekwondo is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.

“One who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance.” – Confucius

Self-Control (GukGi)

Without self-control, a Taekwondo student is just like any fighter in the street.

Loss of self-control is disastrous both in sparring and personal affairs.

“The term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else” – Lao Tzu.

Indomitable Spirit (BaekjulBoolgool)

A true student of taekwondo will never give up, not even when faced with insurmountable odds.

The most difficult goals can be achieved with indomitable spirit.