International students participate in ISC Taekwondo session
Taekwondo demonstration impresses ISC students
Students learn basic kicks and board-breaking
The Korea University International Summer Campus (ISC) held a taekwondo session in the Auxiliary Stadium located on the third basement of the third floor of the Tiger Dome at 9:30 am on Friday, July 7.
The students gathered at the Tiger Dome in their taekwondo uniforms. The session was led by Byeong-cheol Ahn, the head of Cheongjihoe, and several taekwondo masters. Ahn said, “Among the two styles of taekwondo, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) style and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) style, you will be learning the WTF style. This is the style used in the Olympics.” Ahn and the masters received a round of applause from the students for their exciting board-breaking demonstration.
After the demonstration, the students did some light stretching as a warm-up before learning basic moves such as front kicks and triple kicks. Ahn and the masters performed the moves themselves, and gave the students detailed instructions. This was followed by a sparring session among the students.
The students had the opportunity to try out board-breaking. They each wrote a bad habit on a board, gave it to their partner, and then broke it using the moves they had learned. The dome was soon filled with the rhythmical sound of board-breaking.
Jennifer Jin, a student from the United States, said, “The demonstration was impressive, and I was moved by their passion and enthusiasm.”
KU buddies, who help international students participating in ISC, were also present at the event. Yun-seo Lee of the Division of Industrial Management Engineering said, “I liked watching how the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the brief session. I have a renewed respect for taekwondo.”
The ISC taekwondo session will be held two more times on July 21 and July 28.