The 2009/2010 Winter WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps (TPC) was launched in a ceremony in Seoul, Korea on Jan. 14, 2010.
Jointly organized by the WTF and the World Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation, which was established by the WTF on Sept. 17, 2009.
The foundation is headed by Hyu-won Lee, president and CEO of Shinhan Investment Corp. WTF President Chungwon Choue serves as chairman of the foundation.
There are 100 members of the 2009/2010 Winter Taekwondo Peace Corps, all university students, who will be dispatched to 24 countries in 27 teams for about one month starting in mid-January until the end of February.
The 24 countries are Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Cambodia, Iran, Laos, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Greece, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, and Surinam.
Said Dr. Chungwon Choue
“Given the growing popularity of the Taekwondo Peace Corps abroad, we will
increase both the number of Peace Corps members to be dispatched and the
of countries which receive the members,”
Mr. Hyu-won Lee said in his speech,
“it is my strong belief that Taekwondo Peace Corps members’ voluntary service
abroad will greatly help taekwondo take root around the world, and also help
promote world peace.”
NYP TKD were very lucky to be invited to NTU training conducted by its guest, WTF TPC, on 19Feb'10.
Proper warming up (in Korean language and demonstration), endurance training, target kicking, basic kickings, cooling down & Q&A.
Although it was a short 2hour training, we were only given a 5min break inbetween, and training resumed all the way till the end of training. Many were seen continuing with their own target kicking, some even went ahead and train their TOC Team poomsae. The rest tried to catch the instructors' free time and snap a photo or two with them (okay, more than that, in fact).
Message passed across to us: "The basics are the strong foundations of Taekwondo. In today's practice, many have forgotten its importance."
More WTF news on TPC: http://www.wtf.org/bbs/bbs.php?bbs_no=4320&bbs_code=10001&bbs_cate=&bbs_num=310&page=1&search=&keyword=&symode=view
More photo at FB: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=146890&id=563429540&saved