Recently a Tae Kwon Do competition was held between Mongolia International University and Ulaanbaatar University. I am certainly no expert in the sport, but it was really good to see the competition and see MIU win.. :)
Mongolian sports include ancient traditions as well as the embracing of many modern international sports. Traditionally, Mongolia has loved sports such as wrestling, archery, weightlifting and horse racing. In recent years basketball, soccer, and other sports including Tae Kwon Do have caught on like fire. As far as I can see, basketball is at the top of the list. Anywhere you go you can see kids playing basketball. They love it!
Here is a definition of Tae Kwon Do loosely taken from Wikipedia:
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae (태, 跆) means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon (권, 拳) means "to strike or break with fist"; and do (도, 道) means "way", "method", or "art". Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the art of the foot and fist" or "the art of kicking and punching." As many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. In 1989, Taekwondo was claimed as the world's most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.
Anyway, here are a few photos of my time at the competion with some of my friends and coworkers from MIU.
|The teams from MIU and Ulaanbaatar University. The MIU coach did an excellent job of organizing the competition.|
|Sons of MIU staff got some experience in completion|
|The MIU team|