National Intangible Cultural Property No. 76 Taekkyeon (martial arts) +
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Taekkyeon is a martial art for self-defense featuring soft movements. During the Joseon Period, ordinary people came to practice it.
The martial art is practiced in three categories: 1. Practicing alone, 2. Defending yourself, and 3. Competition. It is characterized by concordance of movements of the body and the muscles, fluid and dynamic movements, dance-like rhythms, emphasis on defense rather than attack, and frequent use of footwork.
Taekkyeon features fluid and natural body movements, and thus can be practiced both for healthy exercise and as a sport.