Taekkyeon is a traditional military Korean martial art first explicitly recorded in the Joseon Dynasty. It is an ancestor art of the more modern Korean martial art Taekwondo and
its various sub-styles. Taekkyeon is characterized by fluid, dynamic footwork and utilizes a wide variety of kicks, fist and elbow strikes, pressure point attacks, throws, and grapples.
It is also frequently romanized informally as Taekgyeon, Taekkyon, or Taekyun.
The earliest existing written source mentioning Taekkyeon is from the time of King Jeongjo, who reigned in Korea from 1776 to 1800. During
this time, the book Jaemulbo (also Manmulbo) was written by Lee, Sung-Ji.