The Korean Contingent Holds Taekwondo Belt Test for UNIFIL Troop Contributing Countries - 3 pictures
The Korean contingent to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held a Taekwondo belt test at Sector West for the unit’s Taekwondo class trainees.
Sector West is the Korean contingent’s superior unit, and 29 troops from 7 troop contributing countries, including Sector West commander Rodolfo Sganga (Italian Brigadier General), partook in the belt test. The event proceeded in the order of evaluation of kicks and pumsae, screening of pumsae application videos, and the presentation of Taekwondo uniforms.
The Korean contingent’s Taekwondo classes at Sector West were originally offered only as a club activity by Korean troops serving at Sector West, but the classes have become more systematic with the classes now being led by the Korean contingent’s professional Taekwondo instructor and offering Taekwondo belt tests. The classes have seen a high level of interest with 72 troops from Sector West, including the commander and the chief of staff, registering, and the classes, which take place 4 times a week by the Korean contingent’s professional Taekwondo instructor, promote friendship amongst various troop contributing countries as well as a healthy leisure activity for the troops.
The Taekwondo classes start with the verbal orders of “attention”, and “salute” and all orders and speech are performed in Korean. During the classes, troops including the Sector West commander, respect the culture and etiquette of Taekwondo by referring to the instructor Master Sergeant KIM Ji Hyung as “instructor” regardless of rank, and are learning more about Korea.
The Korean contingent started offering Taekwondo classes to UNIFIL troops (including Sector West), local residents, and the Lebanese armed forces in 2007, and the unit, producing a total of 931 trainees, is at the center of promoting Taekwondo within Lebanon. The unit expects to see its 1,000th trainee by April and is planning to hold a celebratory Taekwondo competition with the Korean embassy in Lebanon and the Lebanese Taekwondo Association for the occasion in May.
The commander of the Korean contingent, Colonel JIN Chul Ho, stated, “Sector West’s Taekwondo classes are playing an important role in publicizing the Korean wave. I hope that the trainees of the Taekwondo classes train with perseverance and promote Taekwondo even after returning to their respective countries”. He also added, “To meet the high level of demand and interest of the Taekwondo classes, the Korean contingent will continue to offer high quality training opportunities, and strive to promote Taekwondo and Korea to UNIFIL and Lebanon.”
@ By: ROKBATT PIO
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