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Coach Jae-Hyun Yoo

Meet our Azraq Taekwondo Academy international coach Jae-Hyun Yoo

Some taekwondo instructors teach fitness and self-defense in local dojangs. Some teach sportive techniques in schools and universities. And a select few focus on elite competition methods as they coach local, regional or national teams. Jae-Hyun Yoo, however, has taken a different path. “In my opinion, the most important element for my students is self-confidence,” […]

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Prince Hassan bin Talal visits Azraq Taekwondo Academy

Azraq Academy in Jordan Gets Royal Seal of Approval

(October 11, 2016) – The WTF-THF Taekwondo Academy in the Azraq Refugee Camp welcomed a royal visitor last week: Jordanian Prince Hassan bin Talal. On October 5, the prince inspected the facility, which houses refugees from war-torn Syria, and watched male and female taekwondo students being put through their paces. He was also fully briefed […]

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Hadi Hassanzada competing under THF flag

Introducing refugee para athlete Hadi Hassanzada

Hadi Hassanzada is the first refugee para taekwondo athlete to compete at an international competition under the flag of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation. With refugee athletes now able to participate in the Paralympics, and Para Taekwondo being on the program for this world class event’s next edition in Tokyo in 2020, the THF is set […]

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Nine-year-old Syrian refugee Solaf draws with coloured pens at the caravan where she lives with her brother and parents at Azraq refugee camp. ; Nine-year-old Syrian refugee Solaf, became interested in Taekwondo after watching some children with white robes walk at the camp. Solaf practices Taekwondo to learn how to defend herself when her brother is not around. Photo credit: © UNHCR/Annie Sakkab

Meet Solaf from Syria

Solaf, 9 years old: “My name is Solaf and I’m from Bosra in Syria. I remember my house there. It was big with a brown door. There was a garden outside with olive trees, lemon trees, orange trees and apple trees. We planted basil, thyme, chamomile, parsley, eggplants and potatoes. A missile hit our roof […]

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Famed mountaineer Hong-gil Um named THF Goodwill ambassador

Famed Mountaineer to Talk up WTF Humanitarian Foundation

A renowned mountaineer has agreed to promote the WTF’s Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, or THF, at a high-profile event in central Seoul on March 17. Hong-gil Um was made a “Goodwill Ambassador” of the nascent charitable body by WTF President Chungwon Choue during the Korea Fair Play Awards and Forum, held at the Korea Press Center in Seoul, Korea.

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Nepali President Praises Taekwondo, WTF Humanitarian Project

The president of Nepal has praised taekwondo and the World Taekwondo Federation’s humanitarian work during a meeting with a visiting WTF delegation. “Taekwondo is a very popular sport in our country,” said Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. “Taekwondo is not only a sport, but also it is education, which helps form a new well-disciplined generation.”

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WTF Nepal Project 2016

WTF Mission Vows to ‘Do Good for Nepalese People’

WTF President Choue and WTF Continental Union presidents, along with a 15-member WTF Demonstration Team, arrived in Nepal on Jan. 29 for a week-long reconnaissance visit for the WTF Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) pilot project and the WTF’s Nepal earthquake relief program.

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