Breaking boards and twisting flips in the name of self-defense! Read-on about the most exciting show at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
The World Taekwondo Federation Demonstration Team knows how to thrill the crowds.
They performed at the intermission during the taekwondo competition, and I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
Thirty-seven men and women make up the WTF team.
They’re based in Korea. And travel the world putting on shows like this one here.
Most members are in their early 20’s, and were recruited while in University. Only the best make it – those who combine exceptional athletic ability, with artistic flare.
The idea behind the touring show is to spread the philosophy of taekwondo – which is to make a more peaceful world.
The discipline is believed to have started more than two thousand years ago.
At its foundation, the goal is to form a more complete individual, fostering a range of qualities, from respect to a sense of responsibility to care for others.
Control and power are fundamental. In the demonstration, they manifest that through artistic expression, simulated combat (which is the perfection of self-defense against sudden attacks), and demanding acrobatic feats, involving the breaking of boards.
Here are a couple of videos shot with my CoolPix 100 camera (from the vantage point of my play-by-play broadcast table).
The speed at which they are able to break boards, especially in consecutive fashion is impressive. They are able to kick three boards in less than a second, it’s so fast the eye has trouble picking it up.
It’s a fine a reminder of how deep the roots of this sport run.
There are just five basic kicks use in Taekwondo competitions like the one at YOG, but there are more than 50 in the demonstration event.