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May 15, 2013

Tae-kwon-do

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 12:04 am

Glossary
1. beginner: Someone who is starting to do or learn something for the first time
2. expert: someone who has a lot of skill in something or a lot of knowledge about something
3. solitary: A solitary person or thing is the only person or thing in a place
4. imaginary: not real but imagined in your mind
5. combat: a fight between two people or things
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Our presentation is about Tae-kwon-do.
Tae-kwon-do is the oldest Korean traditional martial art and one of the national sports of Korea. Many Korean children learn Tae-kwon-do because it is easy to learn for everyone. Tae-kwon-do players wear an uniform that is called “Do-bok”. It has a colored belt. The colored belt shows their ranks in Tae-kwon-do. There are many types of colored belts such as white, yellow, orange, green, violet, blue, brown, red and black. The white belt shows that he is a beginner. And the black belt shows that he is an expert.
There are two types of Tae-kwon-do.
One is Pum-sae. It is solitary exercise. Players fight an imaginary enemy. Pum-sae is similar to shadowboxing. The types of Pum-sae are Tae-keuk, Go-ryeo, Geum-gang, Tae-baek, Pyeong-won, Sip-jin, Ji-tae, Cheon-kwon, Han-soo and Il-yeo. Tae-keuk is done by beginners. The others are done by experts. [1]
The other is combat. It is competition between two players. Combat players wear protection that is called “Ho-gu”. Wearing protection is to protect the head, trunk and foot. These days, players use the electronic Ho-gu in order to be judged exactly.
[2]

hogu

There are two types of fighting techniques. One is offensive techniques. Those are punching, thrusting with hands and kicking. Kicking is a very important in offensive technique. The types of kicking are a front kick, turning kick, side kick and etc. Among these things, turning kick is the most powerful technique.
[3]

kicking

The other is defensive techniques. Those are low blocks and trunk blocks with one’s hand shaped like a knife.[4]
Tae-kwon-do players meditate for mental training. Tae-kwon-do is not only good for physical health, but mental health.
References
[1] http://blog.naver.com/kogiman?Redirect=Log&logNo=140134086618
[2] http://www.tkdcnn.com/news/3092
[3] http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=107&oid=302&aid=0000000072
[4] http://terms.naver.com/entry.nhn?cid=200000000&docId=1189426&mobile&categoryId=200000374
Discussion Question
1. What is your favorite martial art? Why?
2. Are you interested in Tae-kwon-do? Why or why not?
3. What do you think about Tae-kwon-do as an official Olympic sport?

Class 59, Group 1, 오승환(12072264), 이광호(12130867), 이진우(12131580), 조성준(12130901)

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