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Andrew Braun Anth 417 Title: Taekwondo and South Korea and the bonds that bring to a cultural level Part 1: Introduction Regarding the field of taekwondo, I have a various amount of years’ experiencing the teachings of this martial art. Since the age of 16, there was a martial arts studio that was introduce taekwondo to me. Starting out a beginner in this martial art proved challenging to understand the meaning of why martial arts is not just the spiritual aspect, but the element of what makes an honest person. Over the years of taking that martial art that same philosophy was found out. That is why that you have to put your body, mind, and spirit in training when learning Taekwondo. Otherwise, you will go down the path of failure and misjudgment. That kind of philosophy helped me become a black belt in the field of Taekwondo. Though I have stopped taken taekwondo over the past few years, the knowledge that was given to me from this martial art helps out from time to time with physical capabilities and being a kind, judgmental, and honest person. Regarding the knowledge of the nation that was being researched in this paper was very little until after High school. Before that, the only thing that knowledgeable was the martial art. That all changed, when there was more access to more knowledge of the nation of South Korea. With either the Internet or Books at the community college when there was available found some interesting points about the country. Even this class that the paper is being submitted to had some information regarding South Korea that was never known about. A couple of relative points are still pretty common to the interesting cultural aspect of South Korea. For starters, is the ongoing
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dispute with their upper neighbors of North Korea that might go into another Korean war between the neighboring countries. The other type knowledge that is common is the Korean music industry and the world wide phenome that started catching fire only a few years back. Last piece of information that is common knowledge to me is the Martial art that paper is based off of taekwondo. Guiding Question and Thesis The guiding question that was chosen for this topic was, "How does taekwondo as a whole make a cultural impact for South Korea?" This will tackle several different impactful that makes the point intertwine to one very important piece of knowledge. The important points that will tackle will be not just impact that the martial art has on the country, but also outside the country as well. The other point will be to tackle the history of the martial art. Part 2: Main Body Theories One of the theories is that will be addressed in this paper will be the actual history of taekwondo. For reference's sake, the definition of taekwondo is the meaning of the foot and fist ( Southwick, R. A). The history of this martial art is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Though the absolute best theory of how taekwondo that we all and known today, was formed from different forms of martial arts. The question is how many materials was part of the formation of modern
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