Taekwondo, Experience the Traditional Martial Art of Korea
Taekwondo, the most recognized form of Korean martial arts, is a sport that emphasizes a sense of morality, humility, and a respect for one's opponent. It has become a globally recognized sport where practitioners improve both their physical ability and mental strength. This martial art teaches both defensive and offensive techniques without using weapons. However, taekwondo puts more emphasis on defense because of the taekwondo spirit of respecting peace and justice. Continue reading to find out where you can experience this traditional Korean martial art yourself.
Namsangol Hanok Village
Namsangol Hanok Village offers many free taekwondo-related programs in order to spread knowledge and awareness of taekwondo. Representative programs include a taekwondo demonstration and creative performances blending taekwondo moves with K-pop. A one-hour taekwondo experience program for international visitors is also available where participants can reflect on the values of taekwondo by learning how to perform basic movements and breaking boards in a dobok (taekwondo uniform).
International Kumgang Taekwondo Center
The International Kumgang Taekwondo Center specializes in providing taekwondo experience programs to foreigners. Programs range from short-term (basic forms and techniques) to long-term (a more intensive program held for a month or longer). The programs are generally carried out inside taekwondo studios in Korea, making the experience more meaningful. Small group sessions and large group sessions are available. For more details and reservations for the programs, please visit the official website.
The National Taekwondowon consists of an exclusive taekwondo competition arena, experience hall, museum, indoor performance hall, training center, and more. The experience hall integrates technology with taekwondo by using VR and the Taekwondo Museum exhibits the basics and the history of taekwondo as well as some other taekwondo-related materials. The center also offers program packages ranging from a one-day program to multiple-day programs for groups of more than 20 people. For more information, please see the website.