Celebrating the Korean traditional martial art…Global Taekwondo Festival kicks off in Seoul

The World Taekwondo Hanmadang is an annual
event held to celebrate the iconic and staple Korean martial art. The global event kicked off this year’s four-day
run today… our Lee Unshin brings us to the much anticipated Taekwondo event up close
and personal. Steady and firm movements,… then featuring
powerful strikes in the blink of an eye. It requires focus, speed, agility and most
of all, a lot of practice. This is the now world renowned martial art,
also an Olympic discipline, Taekwondo , as demonstrated in front of thousands of spectators
at this international festival in Korea…the birthplace of the martial art. [Korean] “Taekwondo has the power to bring people together. Practitioners share their common love for
the martial art, which is also a form of mental training. And that’s what the event is about; promoting
the great tenets of Taekwondo and uniting people.” Proving just how influential and global taekwondo
is, the opening ceremony was attended by thousands of participants from over 60 different countries. Loud cheers filled the venue as spectators
from abroad didn’t hide their excitement each time a country’s delegation made their entrance
to the World Taekwondo headquarters, also known as Kukkiwon in Korean. “I started Taekwondo when I was 17, so quite
older than a lot of people here to start, but ever since I started I just loved it. And I just love it here, really, the excitement
here and festival, all the different categories of competition has been amazing.” Commonly recognized for its powerful yet rapid
movements, taekwondo is widely taught as self-defense art, and now it has become into
a modern, fun, and rewarding form of workout for many people. [Interview] “I’m so proud to see young people’s genuine
excitement to learn Taekwondo and international communities’ enthusiasm over the traditional
Korean martial art. ” [stand-up] Gathering Taekwondo practitioners and fans
from all over the world, the 4-day event, highlights the spirit of the martial art through
competitions and demonstrations until Saturday, here at Kukkiwon in Seoul. Lee Unshin, Arirang News.

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