THE HIMALAYAN BEACON KALIMPONG NEWS BUREAU
KALIMPONG, 19TH DECEMBER 2017: Taekwondo Championship was organised at Rockvale Academy Hall at 9th mile Kalimpong by Taekwondo World Dojang. A large number of students participated in the championship. Trilok Subba speaking to ‘The Himalayan Beacon’ said the Dojang was concentrating on the Junior and Sub-Junior categories and as such the championship was being organised at the Junior and Sub-Junior categories only. He said that the Dojang was preparing and training future exponents and he was hopeful that they would do very good in the future and bring fame to the hills and their community. Subba said the Dojang was planning to take students from the Hills to the national and international competitions so that they could bring fame to the hills. He said that the parents and guardians had rendered full support to the Dojang.
Subba said that the Dojang had invited MLA Sarita Rai as the chief guest to the Championship and Brigadier Biswas as the Guest of Honour. He also said that veteran exponents of Taekwondo were also coming to the Championship to motivate the students.
Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various martial artists who combined elements of karate and Chinese martial arts with traditional Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. The main international organizational bodies for taekwondo today are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), founded by Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the partnership of the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo (WT, formerly WTF), founded in 1972 and 1973 respectively by the Korea Taekwondo Association. Gyeorugi, a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. The governing body for taekwondo in the Olympics and Paralympics is World Taekwondo.