Held every year since 1992, the World Taekwondo Hanmadang is an international Taekwondo competition and the world’s leading authority for the tradition of Taekwondo.
Over 5,000 participants from 50 countries attended the 2018 Jeju World Taekwondo Hanmadang, which ran from July 28-31.
In footage originally uploaded on YouTube by user ericdaryl, the men and women of the Kukkiwon Demonstration Team delivered a variety of thrilling stunts such as poomsae, attacks, self-defense, and Taekwondo gymnastics.
A shortened version of the clip was recently uploaded on Korean DramAmazing Facebook page and has since gone viral with over 21 million views.
While a lot of viewers praised the team for their excellent performance, some ignorant commenters were still able to criticize the demonstration for being “impractical” in combat.
“It’s cool to look at but useless in combat,” a commenter wrote. “A Jeet Kune Do master or Aikido master would destroy these. TKD masters can kick ass too but they use more practical tactics. Cool to look at but totally impractical.”
“So are they training to fight giants or are they just really short and those targets are 6feet high?” another one chimed in.
“I’m still figuring out on what type of fighting scenario could they use those over the head kicks and breaking bricks.. I guess we’ll never find out ever,” said another.
In response to the critics, other netizens explained that while the performance is obviously meant to be a demonstration, the skill is still apparent.
“The display of agility and precision is outstanding. These people can land a strike difficult maneuvers and yet there are people saying “not real fighting”; if they were giving these strikes with a stable platform on the ground it would cause damage,” one netizen pointed out.
“Every time there’s a video of a martial arts performance, there you’ll find them “It’s not for real fighting”. Pity them, for while they know the difference, they will forever be under the impression that no one else does and that they alone must save us from our ignorance,” a Facebook commenter noted.
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