* Date : 2017-02-02
Taekkyeon is Korea's traditional martial art and Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 76, renowned for its fluid, dance-like movements. This deep-rooted and highly artistic form of martial arts was also placed on UNESCO's Intangible Heritage List in 2011. Now, three non-Korean contestants take on the elite Taekkyeon challenge on Project K-Culture Elite to spread this national treasure of Korea to all corners of the world. Who will be crowned the winner this week?
Jaye Wynn (US)
Jaye Wynn is a multi-talented martial artist who has a great interest in Korean culture in general. In an effort to inspire the whole world to appreciate Taekkyeon, she's currently producing a documentary about the martial art.
Taysia Crawford (Australia)
Taysia discovered Taekkyeon at an international martial arts festival. With 3 years of experience in the martial art, she dreams of establishing a cultural exchange program with Taekkyeon between Australia and Korea.
Baptiste Gibelin (France)
Baptiste is a true master of all kinds of martial arts out there. He came to Korea 3 years ago to learn Taekkyeon and has already become the winner of various Taekkyeon honors.
Lee Hyun-ki is the master of Seoul Joongang Taekkyeon. She's also the first nationally certified female Taekkyeon master with 23 years of experience.
Yi Doo-kwang is the leader of the Taekkyeon performance troupe Hwal-gae with a total of 28th degree in martial arts.
Park Sin-young is the leader of the Taekkyeon performance group IK Taekkyeon. Combining Taekkyeon with other popular cultural elements, this group makes more people take notice of both Taekkyeon and Korean popular culture.