TKD Books, magazine articles and web sites often have a section on TKD history and development. Commonly, reference is made to the mythical fighting force called “The Hwarang”, however, the Hwarang appear to have no direct connection with Tae Kwon Do or with the other martial arts of modern Korea. I was surprised to find this out because emphasis is placed upon modern Korean martial arts being traced back to the Hwarang, not only TKD but also CKD (Choi Kwang Do). Do you think this is just commercial “hype” to make us westerners think we are learning a MA steeped in mythical origins? I picked up this info from an interesting and well researched article on the web: http://www.sos.mtu.edu/husky/tkdhist.htm Furthermore this article states: “Tae Kwon Do is predominantly Okinawan /Japanese Karate with minor contributions from Chinese Chuan Fa. The original kwans taught Okinawan/Japanese kata, wore gis; and the art taught was Karate with a Korean flavour.” “The sport aspect has received increasing emphasis to the point where training is now generally dominated by preparation for tournament competition sparring. Tae Kwon Do has become an Olympic sport, and Tae Kwon Do is no longer officially considered a martial art in Korea, but rather a martial sport.“ Do you think these quotes are a fair summary? Would be interested to get some thoughts from those in-the-know……….. PS I don’t need a history lesson on TKD origins through 1940-60’s though, thanks.