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Also called Taekgyeon, T'aekkyŏn
Country of origin Korea
Descendant arts Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kuk Sool Won, Tang Soo Do

Taekyyeon is a traditional Korean martial art.


The earliest recorded mention of Taekyyeon was during the rule of King Jeongjo, who reigned Korea from 1776 to 1800. It was mentioned by an author named Jaemulbo, who hints that Taekyyeon might be derived from an even earlier art called Subak.

The art nearly became extinct during the Japanese occupation of Korea during WWII, however, it has recently experienced a growth in popularity.


Taekyyeon employs a great number of techniques, such as strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws, and pressure point techniques. All movements are natural to the body yet geometric. Practitioners are constantly in motion, giving it a dance-like appearance.

Like many Korean martial arts, it uses kicks extensively, both high and low. Many kicking techniques greatly resemble other martial arts, such as the front kick, while others are unique to Korean martial arts such as the low turning kick (or low sweep kick).