Shaolin Kempo was invented in 562 B.C. by Buddiarma, and is considered the original Martial Arts. This style was invented, developed and maintained for self-defense, health and connection of body, mind and soul. In essence, the knowable universe is composed of opposite components, whether physical, moral, or biological, which may be classed as either YANG or YIN. When combined, existence is produced, and is manifest in movements. Neither yin nor yang can exist independently.
The philosophical martial arts are largely agnostic, looking to nature for the secrets to harmony and bliss. As a result, martial artists mimicked animals in their quest for martial arts techniques, and many styles, including Dragon, Snake, Leopard, Crane and Tiger, show distinct patterns of nature mimicry. However, the theistic sects of Shaolin Kempo believed that by understanding the harmony of nature, you could alter nature. In addition to alchemy, theistic Monks developed complicated schools of ceremonial magic, and developed the martial arts style of Shaolin Chuan Fa (KEMPO KARATE).
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized by it’s fast, high and spinning kicks. There are multiple interpretations of the name taekwondo. Taekwondo is often translated as ‘the way of hand and foot’. My definition of the name
- Tae=’to strike or block with the foot’ or ‘to kick’, it also means ‘jump’
- K’won=’Fist’, ‘to strike or block with hand’
- Do=’The way of’ or ‘art’.
Put this together and Taekwondo means:
“The art of Kicking and Punching” or “The art of unarmed combat”. The sport has been founded in Korea and is one of the popular modern martial arts.