- Posted May 26, 2011 by
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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North Korea Taekwondo Team to Visit U.S.
In October 2007 history was made. For the first time ever, the North Korea National Taekwondo Demonstration Team traveled to the United States for a five-city tour organized and sponsored by an international martial arts print magazine, Taekwondo Times. At each location, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cedar Rapids, Louisville and Atlanta, thousands of spectators witnessed the mastery of the world-renowned team as they demonstrated the martial art of their homeland.
The objective of the 2007 event was to establish a peaceful relationship between the U.S. and North Korea through a nonpolitical exchange. It took 16 years and tireless effort from many, but especially Taekwondo Times Publisher, South Korean immigrant Woojin Jung, who traveled to North Korea in 2006 with a taekwondo team. The 2007 Goodwill Tour was a precursor to the New York Philharmonic visiting North Korea in 2008 in a similar cultural exchange and was a reflection of the 1970s ping pong diplomacy between the U.S. and China.
Now in 2011, the team will return. Once again, Taekwondo Times magazine and Publisher Woojin Jung are sponsoring the team’s tour to the U.S. in a three-city East Coast tour. The 17-member North Korean team will demonstrate in Boston on June 11, New York City on June 12 and in the Delaware Valley on June 14. Each demonstration will feature amazing synchronization of the team members in taekwondo forms or movements, high-flying kicks and concrete shattering breaks unlike anything seen in the United States.
As with the 2007 tour, the venues for each location are expected to sell out, as this is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity to view this professional team from North Korea. The media is invited to attend and should contact the coordinator of each location for press credentials. To find out more visit www.usnktkd.com or www.taekwondotimes.com. To read more about the man coordinating the efforts for the last 21 years, visit www.woojinjung.com.