Taekkyeon is a fluid, full-body Korean martial art that focuses on kicks, leg sweeps and acrobatic lower body movements. The practice, which dates back 2,000 years, is rhythmic in nature and—to those who master its spellbinding techniques—can feel like dancing.
It is a traditional Korean martial art first clearly recorded in a detailed manner during the Joseon Dynasty. Taekkyeon is characterized by fluid, dynamic foot movement called “pum balgi” or Stepping-on-Triangles.
Taekkyon focuses on using both the hands and feet at the same time to unbalance, trip, or throw the opponent. Hands and feet are always used together.
Taekkyon has many leg and whole-body techniques with fully integrated armwork. Although taekkyeon primarily utilizes kicking, punching, and arm strikes thrown from a mobile stance it does not provide a framework for groundfighting, however it does incorporate a variety of different throws, takedowns, and grappling techniques to complement its striking focus.
The martial art of Taekkyeon is informally known as Taekgyeon, Taekkyon, or Taekyun.