Taekwondo at Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village is not only a place where you can see traditional Korean houses: You can experience traditional games, tea, a marriage ceremony and Taekwondo. On my first visit to Seoul I had already seen the houses, now it was time for the experience part.

Taekwondo was taught by a teacher from Kukkiwon. You get a certificate at the end and although he said that only those who pass the test would get one, I think no one would walk back home without a certificate in any case. It was a beginner’s class, covering breathing, defending, simple kicks and jumps. It was raining on that day, so the ground was a bit slippery.

There were even some black belts joining, although it must’ve been ridiculously easy for them.

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After about one hour, the lesson was over and we went to see the Taekwondo show, which was opened by a fan dance. Then the kids showed their Taekwondo skills – they are doing most of the things adults do.The adults’ performance was performed as a story of two opposing groups and yes, there were impressive high-flying kicks:

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About Mattie

This is my personal blog expressing my love for traveling in Japan, Korea and other parts of the world. When I'm not studying languages or extending my camera collection, I write for computer and tech magazines. Check out my YouTube videos as well. All new posts including ones for older events will be announced on my Twitter account.

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in korea, seoul and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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