Korean traditional martial art: Taekkyon

These days I am learning¬†taekkyon with my friends at school. At the beginning of the “free semester”, we can choose any class we want. It’s similar to to a university’s class registration system.

Taekkyon resembles fluid dance movements. Players use kicks and an opponent’s moves to knock them down. Taekkyon is the first martial art to join the UNESCO World Heritage list. However, it has remained unknown to the world outside of Korea for centuries. During this time, Chinese kung fu and Japanese karate have become popular.

Today was my second taekkyon lesson, so it is still a little hard for me.

Taekkyeon lesson
Photo: Ji Soo

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