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Black Belt World opens India's first Taekwondo institute, presents a gala show 'Taekwondo Unleashed'

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Global martial art school Black Belt World organised a mega show called ‘Taekwondo Unleashed’ on the world's most popular martial art, Taekwondo, wherein a 25-member Korean team of professional Taekwondo fighters along with five renound grandmasters showcased their combat skills in thrilling spar matches of the most practicised self-defence technique before thousands of school children at Delhi Public School Sports Complex, R. K. Puram, New Delhi.

Taekwondo Unleashed, which is a part of Black Belt World India’s efforts to promote the cause of the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo, presented the artistic and technical skills which enhance the beauty of the Korean martial art. The exhibition also included traditional Korean dance performance by a troop from Korea.

Besides this, Black Belt World is setting up India’s first martial institute in New Delhi to impart authentic Taekwondo training by the best of its masters across the world. The ultra-modern and fully-equipped centre is located at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi.

According to Master Abhai Singh Rathore, Co-founder, Black Belt World, “In the recent past Taekwondo has graduated from being a self-defence technique to becoming professional sport. There are many takers for it in India and we are quite enthusiastic about its future in the country. It’s being promoted in an organized manner which is quite heartening. Our institute shall have regular programs and courses for the enthusiasts and the seekers in the country and this is for the first time that such an initiative to promote the sport is being taken.”

“This first-of-its-kind institute in India would provide an opportunity to learn the world’s most popular self-defence art from the best of its experts. It would also provide an international platform and training for those want to take up Taekwondo as a profession,” said Grandmaster Jun Lee, the Founder and President of Black Belt World.

On Taekwondo, Lee said, “This martial art is characterised by its fast, explosive movements and beautiful and dangerous kicks. An art coming from a very ancient tradition, it is as rooted into the human element as Yoga is.”

Taekwondo is the world's most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Its popularity has resulted in the varied development of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defence, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Taekwondo is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.

Formally, there are two main styles of Taekwondo. One comes from the Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system sihap gyeorugi which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). There is also a more recent form called Songham Taekwondo which is governed by the American Taekwondo Association (ATA).

About Black Belt World

Black Belt World, the worldwide Tae Kwon-Do institution, was established in Raleigh, NC, USA, in 1986. The institution is under the leadership of Grandmaster Jun Lee, a member of the famous Lee clan of the martial arts discipline in South Korea. Since 1986, it has earned reputation by offering the most comprehensive and holistic system of training for its students of Tae Kwon-Do. BBW is an educational and family oriented institution that enables virtually anyone to achieve a strong mind and body enhanced by traditional values and morals.



First Published: Thu, November 26 2009. 14:55 IST