|[ Etc ] The 2016 Seoul World Taekwondo Leaders Forum|
¡°The second leap of Taekwondo can be achieved by incorporating character education.¡±
¡°The 2016 of 6th Seoul World Taekwondo Leaders Forum¡±, co-hosted by Kukkiwon (President OH Hyun-deuk) and Seoul Metropolitan City (Mayer Park Won Soon, hereinafter, "Seoul"), was held at the InterContinental Seoul COEX on Aug. 7th, with the theme, "Character Education Through Taekwondo". More than 450 Taekwondo leaders from all around the world including Kukkiwon President OH Hyun-deuk, and the lecturers such as Josephine Kim participated in the forum.
The forum, which was held at the InterContinental Seoul COEX from 10:00am on the 7th, earned huge response and empathy from the participants under the theme, "Character Education Through Taekwondo." It proceeded with lectures from ¡ãProfessor Josephine Kim at Harvard Graduate School of Education (Character Education for the Taekwondo trainee), ¡ãPeck Cho, the President of HD Happiness Research Institute (Character Coaching for the Taekwondo Leaders), and ¡ãChairman Kyung Won Kim of the World Taekwondo Education Foundation (Taekwondo Character Education in USA¡¯s Public Education), and ¡ãChairman Kim Jin-rak of Soribom Character Education Research Institute.
President OH Hyun-deuk of Kukkiwon, in the opening address, stated, "In order to respond to the call of the times, Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters, has prepared this forum to revitalize character education through Taekwondo training," and added, "I hope that this forum will become a venue of exchange where Taekwondo leaders from all over the world can promote their friendship while sharing their diverse experiences and knowledge."
Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon, in his welcoming address read by the Administrator Joung Chang-soo of Seoul Sports Council, stated, "I would like to sincerely welcome the Taekwondo leaders of numerous countries in the world who came to visit Seoul, the capital city of the country in which Taekwondo originated," and also added, "From this event, I hope that Seoul, the capital of originating country, can be highlighted as the capital of world¡¯s Taekwondo, and raise itself as the global city."
In this forum, the lecturers proposed the direction that Taekwondo must move in order to keep pace with globalization, and stressed that a new leaping point of Taekwondo must be prepared by incorporating character education in the Taekwondo training, because character education is the core of leaping into the future.
Particularly, the first lecturer Professor Josephine Kim said, "There must be a balanced education among sociality, intelligence, physical strength, emotion, and morality to develop into a sound human," and also stated, "This is possible through character education, so we should put more emphasis on these in Taekwondo training."
One Taekwondo leader who participated in the forum said, "The basic educational content of Taekwondo is character education," and added, "From this forum, it must be continuously highlighted that Taekwondo has high value not only for the physical health, but also has mental and educational values as well."
Meanwhile, at the Jamsil Hangang Park, ¡®Kick Summer¡¯ event was held from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on that day. In that event, Taekwondo experience events, including demonstrations by Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team, demonstrations by 16 Taekwondo dojangs (training halls) in Seoul, Taekwondo recording contest and Gyeokpa (Breaking) by domestic and foreign Taekwondo leaders and trainees, and electronic striking machine, were held to draw applauses from the citizens.
¡ã Forum (1) - President OH Hyun-deuk of Kukkiwon presenting Opening Address
¡ã Forum(2) - Professor Josephine Kim at Harvard Graduate School of Education giving lecture on ¡°Character Education for the Taekwondo trainee¡±
¡ã Forum (3) - Peck Cho, the President of HD Happiness Research Institute, giving a lecture on ¡°Character Coaching for the Taekwondo Leaders¡±
¡ã Forum (4) - The venue where the forum is being held