2019 World Taekwondo Hanmadang kicks off in PyeongChang

2019 World Taekwondo Hanmadang kicks off in PyeongChang



The World Taekwondo Hanmadang,… begins today
in PyeongChang for a five-day run. Expect plenty of amazing techniques including,
lightning quick jumping and spinning kicks. Choi Si-young takes us there. Taekwondo practitioners are showing off board-breaking
performances,… jumping high in the air and crushing them with their bare feet. This high-flying aerobatic move is an iconic
part of Taekwondo… that adds a jolt of excitement to the gathered spectators. "Here at the YongPyong-Dome in PyeonChang,
which hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics, nearly five-thousand people have gathered, from 57
different countries, making this year's event the second largest since it was first held
in 1992." Chinese nationals were the most numerous among
the foreign contingent… taking part in the event. They say the beauty of Taekwondo lies in exerting
'energy',… which they say brought them to this annual martial arts festival. "Taekwondo was different to me in that unlike
Chinese traditional martial arts, I felt more "energetic" even after practicing it. That was about twenty years ago. Since then, I've been attached to this Korean
sport and am practicing it. Among the foreign demonstrators were those
who flew all the way from Africa. While they agree Taekwondo is all about 'energy',…
they also appreciated how this Korean martial art creates a sense of fellowship among the
practitioners. "The one thing I can say it's well organized
"teamwork", and again I want to say thank you to the master, my team master Lee, from
Korea. He is my coach in Kenya. He's the one who encouraged me to come and
participate in this sport." People say Taekwondo is no longer a sports
practiced locally in Korea or limited to Asia,… but rather its influence has reached as far
as the heart of Europe. "I am a trainer, and I have a lot of children
starting training taekwondo. And many parents come and take their children
to our do-jang (Taekwondo training hall). And so it's a beautiful manner to educate
children." Touching on a similar note, the organizers
at the opening ceremony said Taekwondo has many physical and educational purposes. They expressed hope that this annual event…
could allow more people across the world to discover and cherish this age-old Korean martial
art. Choi Si-young, Arirang News, PyeongChang.

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