[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi] ROME, Italy (May31, 2018) - The World Taekwondo demonstration team officially declared openRome’s first ever World Taekwondo Grand-Prix today with another trulyfascinating routine at the beautiful Piazza di Spagna. The performance mirroredyesterday’s historic demonstration in front of His Holiness Pope Francis inVatican City. Hundreds ofonlookers were attracted to theinspired and well-practiced Openingceremony, which proved to be a fitting start to the first Grand Prix of 2018. The four-daycompetition kicks off on June 1 in the multi-purpose sports complex, ForoItalico a
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]VATICAN CITY (May 30,2018) - World Taekwondo todayperformed an historic demonstration in Vatican City in the presence of HisHoliness Pope Francis, further reflecting the federation’s ongoing commitmentto sending out a message of peace through taekwondo. The demonstration took place in St Peter’sSquare in front of thousands of people gathered from all over the world for PopeFrancis’ General Audience. The World Taekwondo demonstration team performed apowerful and highly symbolic demonstration which ended with the team unfurlinga banner which read ‘peace is more precious than
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]RHODES,Greece (28 April 2018) – The fourth andfinal day of the Rhodes 2018 World Taekwondo Beach Championships was concludedin total success on Saturday 28April in Rhodes island, Greece. The event brought a strong dose of vitamin sea and sun to the sport oftaekwondo. The majestic images of high jumps, technical breaking and technical skillswere combined with the blue of the sky, the summer and the festive mood of theisland. Today’sschedule included the Technical Breaking finals for all Divisions Final and theFree Style Dynamic Kicks & Breaking Challenge final, while it
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]RHODES,Greece (27 April 2018) - The third competition day of the 2018 Rhodes WorldTaekwondo Championships was successfully concluded with the medal ceremony ofthe event in stunning sea foreground and the historic castle of Rhodes island. Thespectacular scenery of the event traveled throughout the world, as milestone ofthe day was the live streaming on the Olympic Channel for the categories ofRecognized Poomsae and Freestyle Poomsae finals including all divisions. Among thecountries that collected the highest number of gold medals were Denmark, Thailand, and Finland while th
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire(Dec. 4, 2017) - On the evening of Dec. 4, Team GB’s Bianca “Queen Bee” Walkdencrowned a perfect year by being named World Taekwondo’s Best Female Athlete ofthe Year at the federation’s fourth annual Gala Awards at Abidjan’s RadissonBlue Hotel. The normally eloquentBriton seemed overcome with emotion as she took to the podium. “I want to‘thank you’ to everyone, I am still shocked, I am so pleased,” she said. The glittering (and wellair-conditioned) gala dinner was light years away from where she had writtenhistory just two nights earlier. In the sapp
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire (Dec. 3, 2017) – Team Koreasuperkicker Dae-hoon Lee won a historic third consecutive Grand Prix Finaltitle in Abidjan – a feat never before achieved - while golds on the second andfinal day of the 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Finals in Cote d’Ivoirian citywent to Great Britain, Russia, Korea and China. Once again, the heat in Abidjan’s Palais de Sports de Treichvilleproved grueling for the players, but there was much to fight for. Athletes werecompeting not only for Olympic ranking points, but also for prize money –USD6,000 for gold medalists, US
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]SEOUL, South Korea (Nov. 22, 2017) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees was today awarded an unusual honor: A high-level black belt in the combat sport of taekwondo. World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue awarded Filippo Grandi, who heads the UNHCR,8th degree honorary black belt rank at WT’s Seoul headquarters on Wednesday. In fact, the two organizations had much to discuss. World Taekwondo’s in-house World Taekwondo Cares program, or WTCP, and its Lausanne, Switzerland-based charity initiative, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, or THF, are active helpers of re
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]LONDON, UK (October 21, 2017) - Jordan, Great Britain and Korea all won gold medals today on the opening day of the World Taekwondo Grand PrixSeries 3 in London, which attracted some of the world’s very best taekwondo athletes. Taking place in the London 2012 Olympic venue, The Copper Box, the crowd summoned memories of the famous Olympic Games with their loud and passionate support. Spectators were assisted by the ‘Power Bar’, which was introduced by World Taekwondo for the very first time as part of the federation’s commitment to enhancing fan engagement and making the sp
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]LONDON, UK (October 19, 2017)- The record-breaking 7th World Para Taekwondo Champions drew to a close today with nearly 200 elite Para Taekwondo athletes from around the world battling it out to become world champion. Russia finished top of the medal table with six gold medals, while Turkey finished second on four gold medals and Kazakhstan and Mongolia finished joint third with two gold medals. The remaining gold medals were shared equally between hosts Great Britain, Spain, Iran, Serbia, Ukraine, Denmark and Rwanda. Russia finished top of the male medal table for the four
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]MUJU, Korea (June 30, 2017) – Taekwondo’s largest ever World Championships ended today with host nation Korea in first place overall, followed by Turkey in second place, Serbia in third place and Russia and Great Britain rounding out the top five. In the female division, Korea came in first place, followed by Turkey, Serbia, USA and Great Britain. In the male division, Korea again came first, followed by Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Great Britain. The Female MVP Awardee was Ah-reum Lee of Korea; the Male MVP was Abdoul Issoufou of Niger. Team Korea’s Mun-hee Cheon and Se
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]MOSCOW, Russia (Aug 12,2018) – Korean and Russian both struck gold on the third and final dayof the 2018 World Taekwondo Grand Prix, as the last two categories of thetournament were contested in the USK CSKA Bascetball Arena in Moscow, Russia. Silvers were won byCroatia and Jordan, while Korea, Turkey, Croatia and Uzbekistan had to besatisfied with bronzes. Women’s -49kg In the first semifinalof the category, Rio Olympic gold medalist So-hui Kim of Team Korea took onteammate and World Champion Jae-young Sim. The two Koreans know each other’s games inside out and it showed
[NBC-1TV 구본환 기자] "태권도학과 학생들이 실기를 우선시하는 경향이 있는데, 이론도 중시했으면 좋겠다" 70여 개 대학교가 가맹한 한국대학태권도연맹(회장 최재춘) 박은석 전무이사가 31일 오전 NBC-1TV 출연해 이같이 밝히고 태권도의 발전에 대한 소신을 피력했다. 박 전무이사는 이날 방송에서 "태권도가 성장기에서 이제 완숙기로 들어가는 시기여서 이론이 바탕이 되어야 한다"고 재차 강조하고 "현재 추세가 경기와 품새, 시범으로 분리되어 있는데, 태권도학과를 나오면 이 세 가지를 모두 겸비한 태권도인이 되어야 한다"고 주장했다. 박 전무는 또 김경덕 국기원 고단자 회장 및 경기도태권도협회장이 추진하고 있는 <현재 강남구청 소유의 국기원 부지를 다시 국기원으로 되돌려 달라는 국민청원>에 대해 적극적인 지지 의사를 밝히고 명실상부한 국기원의 위상을 기대했다.
[[By NBC-1TV K. Y Yi]Indonesian President Joko Widodo joined World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue and Korean Prime Minister Nakyeon Lee at the JCC Plenary Hall in Jakarta on 19 August to watch the taekwondo poomsae competiton at the Asian Games. President Widodo’s surprise appearance was very well received by local spectators who cheered and took photographs. The excellent atmosphere may have been a contributing factor in Rosmaniar Defia, from Indonesia, winning gold in the women’s individual poomsae, much to the delight of the home crowd. It was the first taekwondo medal and first gold me
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도본부장] 국빈 방한 중인 조코 위도도(Joko Widodo) 인도네시아 대통령이 11일 오전 11시경 한국외국어대학교(HUFS, 총장 김인철) 서울캠퍼스 애경홀에서 특강을 가졌다. 조코 위도도 대통령은 이번 특강에서 학생들에게 미래의 지도자가 되기 위해서는 성실함, 위험부담을 감당할 수 있는 용기와 노력을 당부했다. 또한 4차 산업혁명에 맞서 긍정적인 마인드와 실험과 도전 그리고 할 수 있는 일들을 행동으로 옮기는 것이 중요하다고 강조했다. 한편 이번 특강에는 한국외대 말레이·인도네시아어과(마인어과), 말레이·인도네시아어통번역학과(마인어통번역학과), 국제지역대학원 재학생 및 교직원 포함 300여 명이 참석했으며, 특강 종료 후 학생들과 질의응답 및 기념사진 촬영 시간을 가진 후 한국외대 김인철 총장이 한국외대 학교 점퍼, 티셔츠 그리고 모자를 기념품으로 전달하면서 열광적인 분위기가 연출 되기도 했다. 한편 한국외대는 인도네시아 국립대학교 등 10개의 대학과 교류협정을 체결하고 있으며, 매년 30여 명의 학생들이 인도네시아에서 공부하고 있다.