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, taekwondo kicks! Issue #002- history, necks and hips and philosophy!
October 01, 2009

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First up...'s your knowledge of taekwondo history?

This month we've updated our taekwondo history pages. We include a great photo of one of the first chest protectors used in sparring competitions.

head here if you're interested in the origins of taekwondo.

Do you know what martial arts philosophy means?

We've taken a good look at the philosophy behind taekwondo. And thought hard about how it's affected us.

You can read our conclusions here.

Do you look after your neck?

Head here for neck stretching and neck strengthening exercises.

And how's your hip flexibility?

Getting more flexible around the hips is an ongoing struggle and personal challenge for Deb.

Recently she's been working really hard to improve her results in this area and she's starting to see her hard graft pay off!

Her high section turning kick is getting a bit closer to head height!

Here's what Deb is doing to improve her hip flexibility.

We're changing the look of our site...

Over the next month or so we're going to be updating the way our site looks. It will have a more modern feel and it should be easier for you to navigate and find what you are looking for.

We are also going to be asking for your taekwondo stories and photos...

And until then here's our pick of the latest international taekwondo news stories

Iraqi commandos and U.S. forces have arrested a suspect in the 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi taekwondo team.

The U.S. military announced the arrest in a statement Sunday, but did not say when it took place or identify the suspect.

Athletes and sports officials were frequent targets of threats, kidnappings and assassination attempts at the height of the civil strife in 2006 and 2007. Sportsmen were targeted for ransom or as victims of the sectarian violence.

The taekwondo team was driving to a training camp in neighboring Jordan in May 2006, when their convoy was stopped on the highway in Anbar between Fallujah and Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Baghdad. All 15 athletes were abducted.

It was more than a year before the remains of 13 team members were found near the main highway leading to Jordan.

We hope that the victim's families will get some comfort from the arrest.

The Taekwondo Park in Muju, South Korea, whose ground-breaking ceremony took place on Sept. 4, 2009, will house the World Taekwondo Academy, a global taekwondo education and research center designated by the World Taekwondo Federation.

The Taekwondo Park is scheduled to open in 2013, with a total construction cost of $185 million.

The event, which took place on the 2009 Taekwondo Day, also attracted four members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC): Mr Ivan Dibos from Peru, Mr Phillip Walter Coles from Australia, Mr Samih Moudallal from Syria, and Mr Dae-sung Moon from Korea.

About 650 taekwondo leaders, including 70 foreign taekwondo masters, attended the ceremony. Eight taekwondo grandmasters, who are over the age 70 and have served abroad over 30 years, received citations from the Korean culture, sports and tourism minister. 18 other taekwondo masters also received citations.

We loved our recent trip to Korea - it's amazing and inspiring to visit the home of taekwondo. It will be interesting to visit the taekwondo park in years to come.

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Neil Deb and Leah

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