Salt Lake City in the USA is hosting the world’s largest Taekwondo Event from the 2nd to the 9th of July 2018. Around 5000 athletes will attend the competition, along with thousands of spectators.
These national championships will include many of the best taekwondo athletes in the USA, including may who have represented the country internationally.
Large events like these are possible with Taekwondo because the sport is popular, widespread and has consistent rules wherever it is practiced. Interestingly, mixed martial arts is also popular because of the difference between the various martial arts practices.
Competition Taekwondo takes training to another level. An individual can learn a fair amount by Taekwondo practice, but the experience of competition teaches individuals how to deal with the adrenalin and stress of confrontation, while still remaining in a relatively safe situation. These are life lessons that can only be learnt by experience.
Live streaming of some of the events is on the Utah Sports Commission and Taekwondo USA Facebook sites.
Martial arts like karate and taekwondo get children active in ways that benefits their physical and mental wellbeing. In additional to its health benefits the martial arts teach discipline, self-esteem, responsibility, social respect, co-operation and team work. Of course martial arts are the best option for self-defence, but they also encourage the peaceful resolution of conflict.