Taekkyeon is a fluid, full-body Korean martial art focused 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.
Taekkyeon 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 and does not provide a framework for groundfighting.
It does incorporate a variety of different throws, takedowns, and grappling techniques to complement its striking focus.
The martial art is frequently romanized informally as Taekgyeon, Taekkyon, or Taekyun.Taekkyeon matches were frequent in the late Joseon Dynasty.