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COLLINSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: McArther’s Taekwondo & Fitness Travels to South Korea


By Press release submission | Oct 23, 2019


Collinsville Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Oct. 18.

From September 22, 2019 to October 1, 2019 students and parents from Collinsville’s own McArther’s Taekwondo & Fitness traveled to South Korea for martial arts training and cultural education. The trip was organized by the United States National Taekwondo Federation (USNTF) and its director, Grandmaster Duk Gun Kwon, 9th Dan Kukkiwon. In total, 41 masters, instructors and students made up the USNTF group.

This amazing trip provided training at the Kukkiwon, Korea’s national organization responsible for Taekwondo standards and curriculum. The group also participated in training at the recently completed Taekwondowon, which is about three hours south of Korea’s capital city of Seoul. The Taekwondowon is a huge complex built for training and world-level competitions. Taekwondo translates to the “way of kicking and punching” and is one of the world’s most popular martial arts. Known for its fantastic kicking techniques, Taekwondo is a full-medal sport in the Olympics and has had a large influence in many action movies. The group also participated in training outside of Taekwondo, including Hapkido and Koryo Gumdo. Hapkido, the “way of coordinated power” involves joint locks, throws and take downs. Koryo Gumdo, or the “way of the Korean Sword” focuses on the use of the longsword, similar to that of Japan’s Samurai.

In addition to the advanced martial arts training, the group was able to see many Korean focal points, including the Gyeungbok Gung Palace, Korean Folk Village and Namsan Tower. Our group was encouraged to interact with the local Korean residents, develop Korean language skills and indulge in delicious Korean cuisine.

For more information on this trip, the martial arts of Taekwondo, Hapkido and Koryo Gumdo, please contact McArther’s Taekwondo & Fitness at 618.345.2953 or at

Original source can be found here.

Source: Collinsville Chamber of Commerce

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