The first recorded evidence of the existence of Tae Kwon Do was found in a mural that was painted on the walls of a tomb in the Koguryu Kingdom between 37 DC to 66 AD. The mural depicts two people facing one another in Tae Kwon Do style stance. Other pictures show people practicing techniques of Tae Kwon Do as well as wearing uniforms similar to those that students wear today. There are also records from this period that mention the practice of these techniques as well as tournaments.
Throughout the history of Korea, martial arts continued to develop. The earlier forms had different names such as Kwonbak, Bakhi, Dongsoo and Kongsoo. The main type was called Soobak and was further evolved into Taekyon. This was until the Japanese supressed Korean culture in the 1900s and introduced Japanese culture and martial arts.
The modern form of Tae Kwon Do began with the defeat of the Japanese and the liberation of Korea in 1945. At this time, Korean masters worked to eliminate all Japanese influences. After several years of work, the name Tae Kwon Do was chosen in 1955 by a board of masters of the various forms of Kwans and they began to unify a single form.