Modern Korea

From 1910 to 1945, Japan occupied Korea and Japanese martial arts displaced Korean ones. When World War II ended, though, Korea asserted its proud martial heritage. Traditional styles were resurrected or came out of hiding, and new styles were formed with ancient names. Japanese influence was still great, as many Korean martial artists had training in Karate (pp. 169-172) or Jujutsu (p. 166-168).

Today, Korea is best known for Tae Kwon Do (p. 200), a sport form cobbled together from numerous punching and kicking styles. It takes its name from a much older combat art. Tae Kwon Do has become popular worldwide and is now an Olympic sport.

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