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Taekwondo
Taekwondo
Taekwondo
(UK: /ˌtaɪkwɒnˈdoʊ/,[1] /ˌtaɪˈkwɒndoʊ/,[2] US: /ˈtaɪˈkwɒnˈdoʊ/;[3] from Korean 태권도 [tʰɛ.k͈wʌn.do] ( listen)) is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Taekwondo
Taekwondo
was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by Korean martial artists with experience in martial arts such as karate, Chinese martial arts, and indigenous Korean martial arts
Korean martial arts
traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop.[4][5] The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association
Korea Taekwondo Association
(KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea
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Kwang Jo Choi
Choi
Choi
may refer to: Choi
Choi
(Korean surname), a Korean surname Choi, Macau Cantonese of surname Cui (崔) Choi, Cantonese romanisation of
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Choi Bae-Dal
Masutatsu Ōyama (大山 倍達, Ōyama Masutatsu, born Choi Yeong-eui (Hangul: 최영의 Hanja: 崔永宜); July 27, 1923 – April 26, 1994), more commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate.[1][2] A Zainichi Korean, he spent most of his life living in Japan and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1964. He was an alumnus of Waseda University.[3]Contents1 Early life 2 Post-World War II 3 Founding Kyokushin 4 Prominent students 5 Public demonstrations 6 Later years 7 Final years 8 In popular culture 9 Books 10 References 11 External linksEarly life[edit] Mas Oyama was born as Choi Young-Eui (최영의) in Gimje, South Korea, during Japanese occupation. At a young age he was sent to Manchuria, Northeast China to live on his sister's farm. Oyama began studying Chinese martial arts at age 9 from a Chinese farmer who was working on the farm
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Korean Empire
The Great Korean Empire
Empire
was proclaimed in October 1897, after the Donghak Peasant Revolution
Donghak Peasant Revolution
of 1894 to 1895 and Gabo Reforms that swept the country from 1894 to 1896. From 1905 onward, Korea became a protectorate of Japan and in August 1910, the Korean Peninsula was annexed outright by Japan, bringing the Korean Empire
Empire
and its monarchy to an end and beginning 35 years of Japanese colonial rule in Korea. Emperor Gojong oversaw the partial modernization of the military, economy, land system, education system and various industries
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Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar[2][3] (born April 14, 1977)[4] is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983). Gellar went on to appear in numerous television series and commercials. Her first leading role was in the 1992 miniseries Swans Crossing, for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards
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Tony Jaa
Tatchakorn Yeerum[1][2] (Thai: ทัชชกร ยีรัมย์; RTGS: Thatchakon Yeeram), formerly Phanom Yeerum (Thai: พนม ยีรัมย์;  [pʰanom jiːram]; born February 5, 1976), better known internationally as Tony Jaa and in Thailand as Jaa Phanom (Thai: จา พนม; RTGS: Cha Phanom), is a Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director, and Buddhist monk.[3] His films include Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003), Tom-Yum-Goong (also called Warrior King or The Protector) (2005), Ong Bak 2: The Beginning (2008), Furious 7 (2015), and Sha po lang 2 (also called SPL II: A Time for Consequences or Kill Zone 2) (2015)Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Stunt work 2.2 2003 - 2008 2.3 2010 - present3 Personal life 4 Filmography4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Singles 4.4 Music videos 4.5 Video games5 Guest 6 Awards and nominations 7 See also 8 References 9 External links9.1 Interviews<
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Jong Soo Park
Jong may refer to:Contents1 Surname 2 Given name 3 Locations 4 OtherSurname[edit]The North Korean spelling of Chung (Korean surname) The Taiwanese spelling of Zhong (surname) Common Dutch surname "de Jong"; seeDe Jong De Jonge De Jongh Erica Jong
Erica Jong
(born 1942), American author Jeff Jong, I-Kiribati footballerGiven name[edit] Jo
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Joe Rogan
Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, martial arts color commentator and podcast host. A fan of comedy since his youth, Rogan began a career in stand-up in August 1988 in the Boston
Boston
area, developing a blue comedy act. He moved to New York City two years later. After relocating to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1994, Rogan signed an exclusive developmental deal with Disney, appeared as an actor on the television sitcoms Hardball and NewsRadio, and worked in local comedy clubs. In 1997, he started working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ultimate Fighting Championship
(UFC) as an interviewer and color commentator
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Keith Cooke
Keith Hirabayashi Cooke (born September 17, 1959; also known as Keith H. Cooke and sometimes credited as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi) is an American martial artist, actor and an occasional stuntman. Life and career[edit] Cooke has trained in wushu, taekwondo and karate. His awards include being named Competitor of the Year by Black Belt magazine in 1985, and five grand champion titles at the U.S. World and U.S. Open Karate tournaments. He is best known for his appearance as Reptile in the video-game movie of Mortal Kombat. He appeared as the younger Sub-Zero in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. He played a leading role in the 1995 science fiction/martial arts thriller Heatseeker, a follow-up to the 1988 Cynthia Rothrock
Cynthia Rothrock
and Richard Norton vehicle China O'Brien
China O'Brien
in which he also appeared
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Rhee Ki Ha
Rhee Ki Ha (born 20 March 1938) is a South Korean Grandmaster of Taekwon-Do who is widely recognised as the 'Father of British Taekwon-Do' for introducing this martial art to the United Kingdom since arriving in 1967,[1] as well as the 'Father of Irish Taekwon-Do.'[2] He is one of the twelve original masters of taekwondo of the Korea Taekwon-Do Association.[3][4][5] Following a career in the South Korean military, GM Rhee emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1967. He was a notable officer of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) during Choi Hong Hi's leadership. Early life[edit] Rhee was born on 20 March 1938 in Seoul, Korea,[6][7] during the period of Japanese occupation
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Nia Sanchez
Nia Temple Sanchez (born February 15, 1990) is an American model, television presenter, and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 2014. Sanchez is the first contestant from Nevada to be crowned Miss USA
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Billy Blanks
Billy Wayne Blanks (born September 1, 1955) is an American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program.[2][3][4][5]Contents1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography4.1 Film 4.2 Television5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksEarly life and education[edit] Blanks was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the fourth of fifteen children.[citation needed] Blanks began his study of the martial arts at the age of eleven, attending Karate and Taekwondo classes.[2][6] He was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that impaired his movement. The resulting clumsiness caused taunts from Blanks' siblings and led his instructors to believe that he would never accomplish much. Blanks found the answer to these challenges in karate
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Austin St. John
Jason Geiger (b. September 17, 1974 in New Mexico, U.S.), professionally known as Austin St. John, is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known for his portrayal of Jason Lee Scott in the Power Rangers
Power Rangers
franchise.[2]Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Other Ventures3 Personal life 4 Filmography4.1 Television 4.2 Film5 Books 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] St. John was born Jason Geiger[3] in Roswell, New Mexico, U.S. on September 17, 1974, the son of U.S. Marine
U.S. Marine
and martial artist Steve Geiger and his wife Sharon.[4] He has one sibling, a brother named Stephen. With a parent in the armed forces, St. John lived all over the United States
United States
whilst growing up. Career[edit] St
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Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first black person to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture,[1] having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.[note 1] White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and starred as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy
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Scott Adkins
Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is an English actor and martial artist who is best known for playing Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its two sequels: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2016) and Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja
Ninja
and its 2013 sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. He has also appeared in Doctor Strange, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2
and Zero Dark Thirty. Adkins has also appeared in Holby City, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Doctors and many direct-to-video films.[1]Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography3.1 Film 3.2 Television4 Awards and nominations 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Scott Edward Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, England
England
on 17 June 1976 into a family of butchers
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