Taekwondo, the most recognized Korean martial art, is a sport that puts emphasizes on a sense of morality, humility, and a respect for one’s opponent. This martial art teaches practitioners both defensive and offensive techniques without using weapons. Taekwondo is characterized by its head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. However, taekwondo puts more emphasis on defense because of the taekwondo spirit of respecting peace and justice.
If you would like to experience this traditional Korean martial art read bellow for some of our suggestions:
1. Muju Taekwondowon
Located on Baegunsan Mountain in Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, Muju Taekwondowon is a center where people can learn taekwondo in a place surrounded by nature. Muju Taekwondowon’s main facilities include the T1 Arena (main stadium), T1 Theater (indoor performance hall), Experience Center Yap! (taekwondo experience hall), Doyak Center (training center), etc. Also available are training rooms where one can undertake an academic study of taekwondo, and accommodation facilities called “Doyakgwan.”
At the taekwondo experience hall, visitors can wear taekwondo uniforms and spar with a virtual opponent. The Taekwondo Museum exhibits the basics and the history of taekwondo, as well as some other taekwondo-related materials. Visitors can even watch a short taekwondo-themed animation here.
The center also offers program packages ranging from a one-day program to multiple-day programs. For more information, visit Muju Taekwondowon’s website at www.tkdwon.kr(Korean, English).
2. International Kumgang Taekwondo Center
International Kumgang Taekwondo Center specializes in providing taekwondo experience programs for foreigners. 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, and times are flexible depending on the center’s schedule. Programs range from short-term (basic forms and techniques) to long-term (a more intensive program held for a month or longer). After completing any of the programs, participants will be presented with a certificate and a picture taking. The taekwondo experience program is available from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 to 22:00. Classes are divided into 50-minute, 90-minute, two-hour, and three-hour classes.
3. Namsangol Hanok Village
There are various kinds of taekwondo-related performances and hands-on programs at Namsangol Hanok Village. The programs are organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for international visitors who are interested in experiencing traditional cultural programs during their stay in Korea. These hands-on programs offer international visitors a chance to learn taekwondo’s basic forms, self-defense skills, basic breaking and more. Foreigners can also watch professional taekwondo performances accompanied by gugak (traditional Korean music).