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Boyer academy, led and owned by Master Matthew Boyer, opened its doors January 2, 2009.  Master Boyer began his studies in martial arts at the age of ten. At a young age, he was taken under the wing of Master Vern Vineyard. Master Vineyard taught Master Boyer many life lessons that after his passing were carried on through Master Boyer to his students. While advancing through the ranks of martial arts, he participated in numerous training programs and many invitational tournaments giving him the opportunity to meet and train with many instructors and masters. Master Boyer achieved the position of first Degree black belt on August 10 1994 at the age of twelve years old. In September of 2013, at the age of 31, Master Boyer Tested for his 6th Degree Black Belt under 8th Degree Black Belt Master Jason Wadley, President of the UTA.  Some would say his journey was complete, but for a martial artist it is never finished. Now, Master Boyer will spend the remainder of his journey teaching others like so many before taught him.
Boyer Academy was opened based on a structure not only for individuals, but for the entire family.  Each family member can learn Korean Tae Kwon Do at his or her own pace in a safe family-friendly environment. Tae Kwon Do is really a way of life for the entire family. Tae Kwon Do training teaches students to gain self-confidence, earn better grades in school and learn to be leaders and to live a healthy and productive life. Master Boyer and his school age students discuss the grade cards regularly. Students with low grades have to put together a plan to raise their grades. Master Boyer is especially proud of his work with children that have been diagnosed with A.D.H.D.
Taekwondo is not merely a martial art for self-defense. Tae Kwon Do is a physical exercise for both young and old to develop strength and agility and to maintain health, both physically and mentally. Tae Kwon Do is a sport for the entire physical system generating energy in every organ of the body, developing the muscles and stimulating the brain. Continued training in th art, builds one's character into a strong, resilient spirit so that one can develop leadership to guide and lead in every walk of life.
The heart of any martial arts school is the teacher. Master Boyer and his team of instructors teach more than technique; they teach conduct. Students are taught that it is not a disgrace to walk away from a confrontation.  At Boyer Academy students are committed to the student creed: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, and indomitable spirit.

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Boyer Academy After School Program Tuition Rate: $199/month Hours: 3PM to 6PM Ages: K through 6th
After School Program Details: All kids will be able to participate in one Taekwondo class per day A healthy snack will be provided daily. With any remaining time, your child will be provided with educational games Students may be dropped off by bus if route comes by the school, or pick up may be available. Please contact Boyer Academy for more information.
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Boyer Academy After School Program Tuition Rate: $199/month Hours: 3PM to 6PM Ages: K through 6th
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Boyer Academy of Martial Arts Dojo Network The Boyer Academy of Martial Arts main campus is located at 1804 West Pearce Boulevard in Wentzville, Missouri. Additionally, Boyer academy classes are taught in several satellite facilities. Phone numbers and directions are listed below. Class schedules are available on the Schedule page. Boyer Academy of Martial Arts - Main Campus 1812 West Pearce Boulevard Wentzville, MO 63385

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Boyer Academy of Martial Arts Dojo Network The Boyer Academy of Martial Arts main campus is located at 1804 West Pearce Boulevard in Wentzville, Missouri. Additionally, Boyer academy classes are taught in several satellite facilities. Phone numbers and directions are listed below. Class schedules are available on the Schedule page. Boyer Academy of Martial Arts - Main Campus 1812 West Pearce Boulevard Wentzville, MO 63385

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About the Boyer Academy of Martial Arts On behalf of the Boyer Academy of Martial Arts, I would like to welcome you and your family to our martial arts school. We want thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to learn about our school and our teachings. The Boyer Academy of Martial Arts opened its doors January 2, 2009. Our school is structured for not only individuals but the entire family. Each family member can learn Korean Tae Kwon Do at his or her own pace in a safe family friendly environment. In this letter I want to give you an overview of Master Boyer and his teachings. Master Boyer began his studies in martial arts at the age of ten. As he advanced through the ranks of martial arts he participated in numerous training programs and many invitational tournaments. Along his journey he has had the opportunity to meet and train with many instructors and masters. At a young age he was taken under the wing of Master Vern Vineyard. Master Vineyard was more than just a mentor but more like a grand father to Master Boyer. His teachings taught him life lessons that after his passing Master Boyer now passes on to his students. Master Boyer achieved the position of first dan black belt on August 10 1994 at the age of twelve years old. On August 16, 2008, at the age of twenty-six, he tested for his fifth degree black belt. Then he was invited by his mentors and teachers to become a master. This is not something that all fifth degrees get the opportunity to do. Master Boyer had to perform a ceremony of one thousand bows in front of his teacher and peers. This task takes more mental strength than physical ability. Master Boyer was able to preform this in two hours and five minutes. Some would say his journey was complete but for a martial artist it is never finished. Now Master Boyer will spend the remainder of his journey teaching others like so many before taught him. Taekwondo is not merely a martial art for self-defense. It is a physical exercise for both young and old to develop strength and agility and to maintain health, both physical and mental. Taekwondo is a sport for the entire physical system generating energy in every organ of the body, developing the muscles and stimulating the brain. Taekwondo training teaches students to gain self-confidence, earn better grades in school and learn to be leaders and to live a healthy and productive life. Taekwondo training transforms one's character into a strong, resilient spirit so that one can develop leadership to guide and lead in every walk of life. Taekwondo is really a way of life for the entire family. The heart of any martial arts school is the teacher. Master Boyer and the united martial arts instructors teach more than technique; they teach conduct. Although the emphasis is on self defense, students are taught how to avoid situations which could escalate into a confrontation. Students are taught that it is not a disgrace to walk away from a confrontation. United Martial Arts students are committed to the student creed: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. Master Boyer is proud of his work with young people. Master Boyer is especially proud of his work with children that have been diagnosed with A.D.H.D. Master Boyer and his school age students discuss the grade cards regularly. Students with low grades have to put together a plan to raise their grades. This is just one way Master Boyer works with his students in the school as much as outside the school. If you are interested in martial arts training for you or our children, we ask that you come in and visit our school. Please observe the beginner classes and look for the following: · Pay attention to the instructors behavior with the children: · Do they have the ability to relate to children? · Do the classes have a respectful atmosphere? · Is the class size too large? · Do they have home rules, Tenants, etc? · Can the parent observe all classes at all times? Master Boyer and the Boyer Academy of Martial Arts instructors are always available for speaking engagements. Master Boyer uses every opportunity in martial arts to not only learn but to reach young people. Again thank you for your time. 636-696-3235
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Boyer academy, led and owned by Master Matthew Boyer, opened its doors January 2, 2009.  Master Boyer began his studies in martial arts at the age of ten. At a young age, he was taken under the wing of Master Vern Vineyard. Master Vineyard taught Master Boyer many life lessons that after his passing were carried on through Master Boyer to his students. While advancing through the ranks of martial arts, he participated in numerous training programs and many invitational tournaments giving him the opportunity to meet and train with many instructors and masters. Master Boyer achieved the position of first Degree black belt on August 10 1994 at the age of twelve years old. In September of 2013, at the age of 31, Master Boyer Tested for his 6th Degree Black Belt under 8th Degree Black Belt Master Jason Wadley, President of the UTA.  Some would say his journey was complete, but for a martial artist it is never finished. Now, Master Boyer will spend the remainder of his journey teaching others like so many before taught him.
Boyer Academy was opened based on a structure not only for individuals, but for the entire family.  Each family member can learn Korean Tae Kwon Do at his or her own pace in a safe family-friendly environment. Tae Kwon Do is really a way of life for the entire family. Tae Kwon Do training teaches students to gain self- confidence, earn better grades in school and learn to be leaders and to live a healthy and productive life. Master Boyer and his school age students discuss the grade cards regularly. Students with low grades have to put together a plan to raise their grades. Master Boyer is especially proud of his work with children that have been diagnosed with A.D.H.D.
Taekwondo is not merely a martial art for self-defense. Tae Kwon Do is a physical exercise for both young and old to develop strength and agility and to maintain health, both physically and mentally. Tae Kwon Do is a sport for the entire physical system generating energy in every organ of the body, developing the muscles and stimulating the brain. Continued training in the art, builds one's character into a strong, resilient spirit so that one can develop leadership to guide and lead in every walk of life.
The heart of any martial arts school is the teacher. Master Boyer and his team of instructors teach more than technique; they teach conduct. Students are taught that it is not a disgrace to walk away from a confrontation.  At Boyer Academy students are committed to the student creed: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, and indomitable spirit.
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Aside from Taekwondo, several additional martial arts disciplines are taught at Boyer Academy.  Class schedules for these programs are listed on the Schedule page. Read below to learn more.
Second Intent Fencing
Classical and Historical Western Martial Arts
Introduction to Classical Foil Intermediate Foil Introduction to Rapier Private Lessons
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Martial Arts for the Whole Family.

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Aside from Taekwondo, several additional martial arts disciplines are taught at Boyer Academy.  Class schedules for these programs are listed on the Schedule page. Read below to learn more.
Second Intent Fencing
Classical and Historical Western Martial Arts
Introduction to Classical Foil Intermediate Foil Introduction to Rapier Private Lessons
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Martial Arts for the Whole Family. Serving St. Charles, Warren, and Lincoln counties since 2009

A Brief History of Taekwondo ANCIENT TIMES Since prehistoric times mankind has sought to develop ways of defending himself against aggression, either from other tribes or from wild animals. Despite developing weapons to assist in the gathering of food and self-defense, the people of ancient Korea continued to develop their minds and bodies through recreational games and competitions. The earliest known records of Korean life date back to 2333BC and mention music, dance, and games played at tribal festivals. The Korean nation was founded by tribes that migrated southwards from Mongolia into the peninsula known today as Korea. The development of the Korean nation progressed through distinct dynasties: Koguryo, Baekje, Shilla, Koryo, and Yi. Three of these dynasties existed simultaneously in different areas of Korea and this is known as the 'Period of Three Kingdoms'. The dynasties were: Koguryo (37BC ~ 668AD) existed in the northern part of the peninsula and stretched into the southern and western parts of Manchuria; Baekje (18BC ~ 660AD) spread around the Han river basin in the central and western parts of the peninsula; and Shilla (57BC ~ 936 AD) covered the south and eastern parts of the Korean peninsula. By defeating the Koguryo and Baekje dynasties it was the Shilla dynasty that succeeded in unifying the nation into one state in 668AD. During this period the common style of dress consisted of loose trousers and a jacket held together with a belt tied around the mid-section. The style was similar to the Taekwondo and judo uniforms of today, and was commonplace throughout the three kingdoms. In the kingdom of Baekje the military officers wore different colored belts to indicate their rank, and in Shilla they also wore colored trim on their lapels as an additional indication of rank. THE PERIOD OF THREE KINGDOMS Koguryo (37BC ~ 668AD) Because Koguryo was bordered to the north by hostile tribes the kingdom organized a strong warrior corps and these were known as "sonbae". The "sonbae" lived in groups, studied history and literary arts, and were known for their virtue and bravery. The "sonbae" provided Koguryo with a basis for military strength and political leadership. During these early times Taekwondo was known in this area by the name "Subak" and historical records confirm that Subak (Taekwondo) contests were held at various festivals and rituals of the day. The earliest recorded evidence of martial arts in Korea appear in the ceiling murals of the Muyong-Chong burial tomb discovered in 1935. This tomb was excavated in the ancient Koguryo capital of Tungku. Because Tungku was the capital only until 427AD we can be sure that this tomb was constructed between 3AD ~ 427AD. The murals on the ceiling of the tomb show two men practicing an early form of Taekwondo and other decorations. Other tombs in the area contain murals with similar images. In the Sambo-chong tomb can be seen a picture of a man wearing a costume similar to today's Taekwondo uniform - loose trousers and a jacket held together with a belt tied around the mid-section - in a stance characteristic of Taekwondo with one hand blocking high and the other low. The fact that these figures appear in such tomb paintings testifies to Taekwondo being well established during this time and to it being a popular activity. The various murals also show that the practice of the early forms of Taekwondo was not limited to noblemen or warriors but was also practiced by peasants and farmers. Baekje (18BC ~ 660AD) Historical records such as the "History of the Three Kingdoms" and the "Sui China Chronicles" refer to the various Kings of Baekje patronizing the martial arts of Taekwondo and Sirum (a traditional Korean style of wrestling) and sports such as horse-riding and archery. Other records such as folk stories of the time support these records with tales of provincial contests which included early forms of Taekwondo. Shilla (57BC ~ 935AD) At the outset Shilla was the weakest in military terms of the three kingdoms but as Baekje grew in the west, and Koguryo began attacking from the north it became necessary to establish a strong military based on the martial arts. The result was Hwarangdo - a warrior code based on high moral standards similar to the Sonbae of Koguryo. As in other areas of Korea at the time, Hwarangdo contests were often held during festivals. Hwarangdo ultimately became the basis of Shillas' military power thereby enabling Shilla in the 7th century to conquer first the Baekje, and then the Koguryo kingdoms, and unify the ancient Korean nation in 668AD. The Hwarang warriors followed and upheld a number of ethical values, never using their martial skills without good and proper reason, and promoting charity, generosity, compassion and other humanitarian ideals. The main principles they followed were: · Loyalty to one's country · Obedience to one's parents · Loyalty to one's friends · Refusal to retreat from enemy attack · Abstention from the senseless killing of any living thing At the entrance to the Sokguram Grotto in the Bulguksa temple in Kyongju there are stone carvings of two warriors in Taekwondo style stances performing techniques remarkably similar to Taekwondo techniques of today. They are known as the "Keumgang Yoksa" - The Mightiest of Warriors. In Taekwondo training today the Keumgang Poomsae performed by 2nd Dan Black Belts takes its' name from these warriors. KORYO DYNASTY (918AD ~ 1392AD) It was the Koryo dynasty that ascended after Shilla and again brought unity to the Korean nation. It is after this dynasty that the Black Belt Poomsae "Koryo" is named. During this period, the development of the martial art known today as Taekwondo became more systematized and was made a compulsory requirement for selection and training in the military. In fact good skill in the martial arts and success during competitions enabled soldiers to advance their rank. Historical records indicate that the format and judgment of such contests became fairly standardized with elements of sparring (kyorugi) and breaking (kyokpa) competition. Many examples exist in historical documents that tell of impressive feats of skill and strength during such competitions. The kings of Koryo dynasty showed great interest in Taekwondo, encouraging its' development and supporting the contests. Consequently Taekwondo became popular among the general population also. However, as the military became more reliant on gunpowder and new weapons, the support for this early form of Taekwondo subsided and the martial art maintained its' existence through the contests and games held by the general populace between villages and provinces. CHOSUN (or YI) DYNASTY (1392AD ~ 1910AD) In addition to the lessening by the military in Taekwondo, or Subak as it was known then, the martial suffered further loss of support as a result of a change in ideology throughout Korea. Earlier dynasties, particularly Shilla and Koryo, had been heavily influenced with Buddhist philosophies; however the Chosun dynasty was founded on the ideologies of Confucianism. As a result more importance was placed on the literary arts and Taekwondo (Subak) contests at public festivals reduced in number. Although interest by the military had lessened, it had not diminished, and records indicate that a requirement for becoming a soldier was to win at least three bouts of Taekwondo against different opponents. In 1592 the Japanese attempted to invade Korea and records of the invasion show that 700 soldiers of the Gumsan region fought the Japanese using Taekwondo (Subak). For some time afterwards Taekwondo and other martial arts enjoyed renewed popularity by both the military and general populace. In 1790 King Chongjo commissioned the printing of a martial arts textbook whose 4th chapter entitled "Hand Fighting Techniques" contained illustrations of 38 motions that closely resemble techniques and stances of today's Taekwondo. Towards the end of the Chosun dynasty Taekwondo (Subak) again lost some of its popularity mainly with the royal court. It is believed this was due to feuding and power struggles between the royal houses which required them to devote greater time to political matters. However, Taekwondo still remained a popular recreational past-time among the general populace. JAPANESE COLONISATION OF KOREA (1910AD ~ 1945AD) Following a long term plan of increased financial and political influence resulting in various agreements to manage Korean affairs the Japanese government finally gained complete control over Korea on August 22, 1910, with the signing of the annexation treaty by the then Prime Minister. All of this happened without the approval of the Korean people and it was fully a week after the treaty was signed that King Sunjong was forced to issue a proclamation yielding up both his throne and his country. The main reason Japan had annexed Korea was to enhance the prosperity of the Japanese people, and in later years serve as a springboard for Japan's invasion of China. In the following years Japanese colonial rule tightened its' grip on the Korean economy and the people. Japanese businesses were given preferential treatment and took advantage of Korea's natural resources. Local Korean customs, particularly the practice and teaching of any form of martial arts were banned although many still practiced Taekwondo in secret. During this period the Japanese took some of the Korean Masters to Japan and made them teach techniques to the Japanese military. In this way a number of Taekwondo techniques were introduced and incorporated into the Japanese martial art of Karate. Later, in 1943, after suppressing Korea's own martial art, the Japanese introduced Karate to Korea and allowed the teaching and practice of this martial art to the Korean people. Following the end of the Second World War, Japan also, at last surrendered unconditionally and on August 15, 1945, Korea was finally liberated from Japanese colonial rule. MODERN TIMES Because of the suddenness of Korea's liberation from the harsh rule of Japan the people were unprepared for immediate self- government. Divisions of ideology existed between pro-democratic and pro-Communist groups. The then Soviet Union invaded Korea from the north and this was followed by U.S. forces landing at Inchon and stationing troops throughout Seoul and the southern half of the peninsula. Thus the country became divided. Many Koreans tried to revitalize interest in the traditional martial art of Subak (Taekwondo) and in 1946 a conference was held to discuss the development of the art and the integration of the various 'kwans' or schools. Taekwondo gymnasiums (dojangs) began opening throughout Korea and once again the martial art found popularity. The Korean Taekwondo Association was officially formed in 1961 and many Masters traveled to foreign countries in order to promote Taekwondo internationally. Since then the WTF has held a World Championships every two years, and regional championships in the Asian, Pan-American, European, and African regions every alternate year. After appearing as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Taekwondo was accepted as an official Olympic sport in September 1994 and made its' debut as an official sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Today it is thriving in America, and nowhere else is it taught better than at Boyer Academy! TOP
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Martial Arts for the Whole Family.

Serving St. Charles, Warren, and Lincoln counties since 2009

A Brief History of Taekwondo ANCIENT TIMES Since prehistoric times mankind has sought to develop ways of defending himself against aggression, either from other tribes or from wild animals. Despite developing weapons to assist in the gathering of food and self-defense, the people of ancient Korea continued to develop their minds and bodies through recreational games and competitions. The earliest known records of Korean life date back to 2333BC and mention music, dance, and games played at tribal festivals. The Korean nation was founded by tribes that migrated southwards from Mongolia into the peninsula known today as Korea. The development of the Korean nation progressed through distinct dynasties: Koguryo, Baekje, Shilla, Koryo, and Yi. Three of these dynasties existed simultaneously in different areas of Korea and this is known as the 'Period of Three Kingdoms'. The dynasties were: Koguryo (37BC ~ 668AD) existed in the northern part of the peninsula and stretched into the southern and western parts of Manchuria; Baekje (18BC ~ 660AD) spread around the Han river basin in the central and western parts of the peninsula; and Shilla (57BC ~ 936 AD) covered the south and eastern parts of the Korean peninsula. By defeating the Koguryo and Baekje dynasties it was the Shilla dynasty that succeeded in unifying the nation into one state in 668AD. During this period the common style of dress consisted of loose trousers and a jacket held together with a belt tied around the mid-section. The style was similar to the Taekwondo and judo uniforms of today, and was commonplace throughout the three kingdoms. In the kingdom of Baekje the military officers wore different colored belts to indicate their rank, and in Shilla they also wore colored trim on their lapels as an additional indication of rank. THE PERIOD OF THREE KINGDOMS Koguryo (37BC ~ 668AD) Because Koguryo was bordered to the north by hostile tribes the kingdom organized a strong warrior corps and these were known as "sonbae". The "sonbae" lived in groups, studied history and literary arts, and were known for their virtue and bravery. The "sonbae" provided Koguryo with a basis for military strength and political leadership. During these early times Taekwondo was known in this area by the name "Subak" and historical records confirm that Subak (Taekwondo) contests were held at various festivals and rituals of the day. The earliest recorded evidence of martial arts in Korea appear in the ceiling murals of the Muyong-Chong burial tomb discovered in 1935. This tomb was excavated in the ancient Koguryo capital of Tungku. Because Tungku was the capital only until 427AD we can be sure that this tomb was constructed between 3AD ~ 427AD. The murals on the ceiling of the tomb show two men practicing an early form of Taekwondo and other decorations. Other tombs in the area contain murals with similar images. In the Sambo-chong tomb can be seen a picture of a man wearing a costume similar to today's Taekwondo uniform - loose trousers and a jacket held together with a belt tied around the mid-section - in a stance characteristic of Taekwondo with one hand blocking high and the other low. The fact that these figures appear in such tomb paintings testifies to Taekwondo being well established during this time and to it being a popular activity. The various murals also show that the practice of the early forms of Taekwondo was not limited to noblemen or warriors but was also practiced by peasants and farmers. Baekje (18BC ~ 660AD) Historical records such as the "History of the Three Kingdoms" and the "Sui China Chronicles" refer to the various Kings of Baekje patronizing the martial arts of Taekwondo and Sirum (a traditional Korean style of wrestling) and sports such as horse-riding and archery. Other records such as folk stories of the time support these records with tales of provincial contests which included early forms of Taekwondo. Shilla (57BC ~ 935AD) At the outset Shilla was the weakest in military terms of the three kingdoms but as Baekje grew in the west, and Koguryo began attacking from the north it became necessary to establish a strong military based on the martial arts. The result was Hwarangdo - a warrior code based on high moral standards similar to the Sonbae of Koguryo. As in other areas of Korea at the time, Hwarangdo contests were often held during festivals. Hwarangdo ultimately became the basis of Shillas' military power thereby enabling Shilla in the 7th century to conquer first the Baekje, and then the Koguryo kingdoms, and unify the ancient Korean nation in 668AD. The Hwarang warriors followed and upheld a number of ethical values, never using their martial skills without good and proper reason, and promoting charity, generosity, compassion and other humanitarian ideals. The main principles they followed were: · Loyalty to one's country · Obedience to one's parents · Loyalty to one's friends · Refusal to retreat from enemy attack · Abstention from the senseless killing of any living thing At the entrance to the Sokguram Grotto in the Bulguksa temple in Kyongju there are stone carvings of two warriors in Taekwondo style stances performing techniques remarkably similar to Taekwondo techniques of today. They are known as the "Keumgang Yoksa" - The Mightiest of Warriors. In Taekwondo training today the Keumgang Poomsae performed by 2nd Dan Black Belts takes its' name from these warriors. KORYO DYNASTY (918AD ~ 1392AD) It was the Koryo dynasty that ascended after Shilla and again brought unity to the Korean nation. It is after this dynasty that the Black Belt Poomsae "Koryo" is named. During this period, the development of the martial art known today as Taekwondo became more systematized and was made a compulsory requirement for selection and training in the military. In fact good skill in the martial arts and success during competitions enabled soldiers to advance their rank. Historical records indicate that the format and judgment of such contests became fairly standardized with elements of sparring (kyorugi) and breaking (kyokpa) competition. Many examples exist in historical documents that tell of impressive feats of skill and strength during such competitions. The kings of Koryo dynasty showed great interest in Taekwondo, encouraging its' development and supporting the contests. Consequently Taekwondo became popular among the general population also. However, as the military became more reliant on gunpowder and new weapons, the support for this early form of Taekwondo subsided and the martial art maintained its' existence through the contests and games held by the general populace between villages and provinces. CHOSUN (or YI) DYNASTY (1392AD ~ 1910AD) In addition to the lessening by the military in Taekwondo, or Subak as it was known then, the martial suffered further loss of support as a result of a change in ideology throughout Korea. Earlier dynasties, particularly Shilla and Koryo, had been heavily influenced with Buddhist philosophies; however the Chosun dynasty was founded on the ideologies of Confucianism. As a result more importance was placed on the literary arts and Taekwondo (Subak) contests at public festivals reduced in number. Although interest by the military had lessened, it had not diminished, and records indicate that a requirement for becoming a soldier was to win at least three bouts of Taekwondo against different opponents. In 1592 the Japanese attempted to invade Korea and records of the invasion show that 700 soldiers of the Gumsan region fought the Japanese using Taekwondo (Subak). For some time afterwards Taekwondo and other martial arts enjoyed renewed popularity by both the military and general populace. In 1790 King Chongjo commissioned the printing of a martial arts textbook whose 4th chapter entitled "Hand Fighting Techniques" contained illustrations of 38 motions that closely resemble techniques and stances of today's Taekwondo. Towards the end of the Chosun dynasty Taekwondo (Subak) again lost some of its popularity mainly with the royal court. It is believed this was due to feuding and power struggles between the royal houses which required them to devote greater time to political matters. However, Taekwondo still remained a popular recreational past-time among the general populace. JAPANESE COLONISATION OF KOREA (1910AD ~ 1945AD) Following a long term plan of increased financial and political influence resulting in various agreements to manage Korean affairs the Japanese government finally gained complete control over Korea on August 22, 1910, with the signing of the annexation treaty by the then Prime Minister. All of this happened without the approval of the Korean people and it was fully a week after the treaty was signed that King Sunjong was forced to issue a proclamation yielding up both his throne and his country. The main reason Japan had annexed Korea was to enhance the prosperity of the Japanese people, and in later years serve as a springboard for Japan's invasion of China. In the following years Japanese colonial rule tightened its' grip on the Korean economy and the people. Japanese businesses were given preferential treatment and took advantage of Korea's natural resources. Local Korean customs, particularly the practice and teaching of any form of martial arts were banned although many still practiced Taekwondo in secret. During this period the Japanese took some of the Korean Masters to Japan and made them teach techniques to the Japanese military. In this way a number of Taekwondo techniques were introduced and incorporated into the Japanese martial art of Karate. Later, in 1943, after suppressing Korea's own martial art, the Japanese introduced Karate to Korea and allowed the teaching and practice of this martial art to the Korean people. Following the end of the Second World War, Japan also, at last surrendered unconditionally and on August 15, 1945, Korea was finally liberated from Japanese colonial rule. MODERN TIMES Because of the suddenness of Korea's liberation from the harsh rule of Japan the people were unprepared for immediate self- government. Divisions of ideology existed between pro-democratic and pro-Communist groups. The then Soviet Union invaded Korea from the north and this was followed by U.S. forces landing at Inchon and stationing troops throughout Seoul and the southern half of the peninsula. Thus the country became divided. Many Koreans tried to revitalize interest in the traditional martial art of Subak (Taekwondo) and in 1946 a conference was held to discuss the development of the art and the integration of the various 'kwans' or schools. Taekwondo gymnasiums (dojangs) began opening throughout Korea and once again the martial art found popularity. The Korean Taekwondo Association was officially formed in 1961 and many Masters traveled to foreign countries in order to promote Taekwondo internationally. Since then the WTF has held a World Championships every two years, and regional championships in the Asian, Pan-American, European, and African regions every alternate year. After appearing as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Taekwondo was accepted as an official Olympic sport in September 1994 and made its' debut as an official sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Today it is thriving in America, and nowhere else is it taught better than at Boyer Academy! TOP
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