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“Taekwondo has had a great influence on my personality and behaviors”

Asma’ Abdulrahman Sleiman is a 16-year-old girl who lives in the Azraq refugee camp. The young girl has been passionate about sports every since a young age having practiced the different ones that were on offer at the camp. When she heard about THF’s Taekwondo Academy, she joined right away, wanting to keep busy and […]

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Azraq students perform in special demonstration ceremony

On Tuesday January 23rd, 2018, a special ceremony was held at THF’s Azraq academy on the occasion of CARE International’s 70th anniversary celebrations, the NGO that lets THF use its facility as training space in Azraq refugee camp. The ceremony served as an honorary ritual for students at the academy, where they were awarded for […]

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Meet Asif Sabah, THF Azraq Academy’s local coach

Asif Sabah was born in Zaraq, Jordan, in 1969. The Jordanian native took up Taekwondo at the age of 19 and started teaching the martial art in 2002. Asif is also a trained taekwondo first level referee and possesses vast knowledge on techniques and rules. He has been working at THF’s Azraq Academy since it […]

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Kiziba Taekwondo Academy concludes third trimester of activity

Since its launch in April 2017, THF’s Kiziba Taekwondo Academy has continued to increase its impact on the lives of the many young Congolese refugees who take part in training sessions every week. Noteworthy recent events include a belt passing test as well as participation in the 2017 Rwanda National Taekwondo Championships. This report also […]

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World Taekwondo President attends the Inaugural Board Meeting of Olympic Refuge Foundation

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (11 December, 2017) – World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue attended the inaugural Board meeting of the newly created Olympic Refuge Foundation – an initiative of the IOC to support creating accessible and sustainable sports facilities within disadvantaged communities and initiate sport-related programs directed at children, young people and vulnerable populations around the world. […]

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Meet Wael, THF Azraq Academy’s first black belt student

Wael Fawaz Al-Farraj was born in August 2002 in Syria, and currently lives in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Now 15 years old, Wael has been practicing taekwondo since THF Azraq Academy first classes in the camp in April 2016, at age 13. A year and a half later, he has become one of THF’s […]

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Awarded Taekwondo Black Belt

SEOUL, Korea (Nov. 22, 2017) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees was today awarded an unusual honor: A high-level black belt in the combat sport of taekwondo. World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue awarded Filippo Grandi, who heads the UNHCR, 8th degree honorary black belt rank at WT’s Seoul headquarters on Wednesday. In fact, the […]

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TAEKWONDO CLUB IN NORTH CAROLINA OPENS ITS DOORS TO REFUGEES

A little over a year ago, Neshat Mirzaei and her husband Houman Mirzaei opened the Elite Fire Taekwondo school in the city of Raleigh, situated in the state of North Carolina, in the Southeast of the United States. As a wife and husband locally own school, in one year they have already acquired 40 students. Both […]

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THF SIGNS CONTRACT OF MANDATE WITH TURKISH TAEKWONDO FEDERATION TO SUPPORT KILIS REFUGEE CAMP

On October 21, 2017, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) signed a contract of mandate with the Turkish Taekwondo Federation (TTF) with view of partnering in the operation of a taekwondo academy in Kilis refugee camp to the benefits of Syrian refugees. The Kilis refugee camp was established in 2012 in the town of Kilis located […]

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THF academy students win gold and silver medal at local taekwondo competition

On Friday October 13, 2017, the Jordan River Taekwondo Championships took place, with many taekwondo players from all over Jordan participating. Among them, two students from THF’s Azraq refugee camp academy, Yahya Alqotany and Suliman Alahmad, also competed and won gold and silver medals. Both academy coaches, coach Asef and coach Yoo, are extremely pleased […]

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