World Ch. Schedule : WED 09:05 KST
* Date : 2015-07-27
80 million people in 205 countries enjoy taekwondo as a sport.
Why have so many people chosen taekwondo? To find the answer, we look into some amazing people's lives, passions, and dreams. Not broken by their sudden misfortunes, these people kept challenging themselves to achieve their goals.
Parth, a young American, just wants to make people happy and laugh. His dream is to be an actor. Surprisingly, he fostered that dream during the most difficult and despairing time in his life. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth, but he grew up happy, showered with the love and support of his family.
Then his mother died from lung cancer when he was 13 years old. His aunt, who had been his closest friend, became his stepmother. His aunt thought that it was the best choice for her to look after him, but this change threw him into an extreme confusion. Eventually, he locked himself in his own world and refused to communicate with anyone.
Then something brought him out of that shell, and it was taekwondo.
Parth saw a taekwondo performance at his school and decided to try his hand at it. A week later, he informed his family that he would like to be an actor who conveys happiness to others. It was a miracle.
What he told his family touched them deeply. His family had feared that he might become disconnected from the world forever.
Now Parth has fulfilled his dream to be an actor. He is conveying a message to his friends with Down Syndrome that they, too, can overcome their fears of failure and plunge into the world. That is why to Parth and his family, taekwondo is their salvation.
The sunset in Springfield is particularly beautiful over its endless green fields.
Here is Isaiah with a beautiful dream that is starting to glow within him.
His dream is to be a firefighter to save people's lives.
Yet he also carries untold sadness inside.
He used to be the target of bullying at school. Although Isaiah's mother tried to intervene, bullying continued. Isaiah became hyperactive and was always on the edge.
What saved him from the emotional turmoil was none other then taekwondo. He moved to a school that offers a taekwondo education program, and this has helped him to find the peace of mind that he desperately needed. Playing with his new friends, he says, "Confidence is one of the best ways to prevent bullying."
He has another dream. It's to rediscover his confidence through taekwondo and become a warm-hearted, compassionate person. Taekwondo is hope and love for Isaiah's family.
The scenic harbor city pf Auckland lies in North Island of New Zealand.
A man lives here, letting nature take its course.
29-year-oldJoey was diagnosed with gastric cancer two years ago. Even before he could get over the shock, he had to get gastrectomy and start chemotherapy. Almost overnight, everything changed for him and his family.
Chemotherapy was the beginning of an excruciatingly painful period that locked him in incessant burning pain. It was taekwondo that saved him.
When he was doing his taekwondo training, he could forget that he was a patient. Since he was diagnosed with gastric cancer, he has continued doing taekwondo for one and a half years. Now he has recovered about 95% of his previous health. He hopes that everyone in the world can live in happiness an peace.