Taekwondo was chosen as a cultural symbol representing Korea, along with Hangul and Kimchi, by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 1996. The sport has been known worldwide since the 1960's, thanks to taekwondo masters who taught the martial art abroad. They taught not only powerful attacks and defenses, but also the philosophy and respect behind the moves. Today taekwondo is the most globally respected martial art, with more than 70 million trainees worldwide.
But it is unclear whether taekwondo will continue to flourish. The global martial arts market is rapidly changing with new forms. Even in its largest market, the United States, taekwondo is losing ground. Fortunately, there are people who see this challenge as an opportunity for growth - to establish taekwondo's standing and further globalize a sport that has revolved mainly around Korea.
The creation of a taekwondo park late this year will play a significant part in this effort. There is also a new taekwondo performance being prepared along with the all-new Taekwon V, a 3D movie animation. On "The Way of Taekwondo," we follow those paving the way for a new taekwondo.