Taekwondo is one of the longest standing practiced martial arts in the world, stemming from the oldest form of martial arts itself. Here in Delaware there are a large number of participants, many coming from the Global Taekwon-do Center based in Smyrna and headed by Tony Skinner.

Skinner along with high ranking seniors of the Global Taekwondo Federation held a special international event on Saturday morning in Dover. The event included participants from Dover and surrounding areas as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

Skinner, who has been involved with martial arts for 30 years talked with the Dover Post about Saturday’s event and the sport of Taekwondo itself.

Taekwondo is extremely popular around the world, and especially here in the United States. However, throughout the years Taekwondo has spread out into various forms.

“Taekwondo is very popular, but not all Taekwondo is the same,” said Skinner. “Our style comes directly from the founder and utilizes the entire body to generate power.”

The Global Taekwon-do Federation was founded by Park Jung Tae, a top Master Instructor who conducted seminars for the International Taekwon-Do Federation according to Skinner.

Park founded the GTF in 1990 after leading the International Taekwon-do Federation and was one of 12 original masters of Taekwondo in the Korea Taekwon-do Association. Park died in 2002 leaving behind a legacy in both Korea and Canada creating groups which have spread throughout the world, including to Dover.

Skinner was asked his advice to anyone looking to get into the sport of Taekwondo and what steps they should take to find the right fit.

“Look at the credentials of the person teaching,” said Skinner. “Observe if they are even teaching and training themselves, and ask many questions.”

If you’re interested in more information about Taekwondo, go to GlobalTaekwon-doCenter.com, or contact Tony himself by e-mail, GlobalTKDCenter@Comcast.net.