THIRVANANTHAPURAM: Young taekwondo artistes from across the State will test their punching and kicking skills at a dazzling Taekwondo demonstration championship in the city on March 31 and April 1. The Taekwondo Association of Kerala (TAKE) and the State Youth Welfare Department are jointly organising the two-day Second State School Taekwondo Demonstration Championships at Central Stadium. The competition events include advanced kicking, fighting, ‘poomse’ (forms), breaking and aerobics.
More than 500 students from the 14 districts will contest in the sub-junior, junior and senior divisions, TAKE secretary Aji B said.
The Korean martial art resembles the Japanese karate, but places added emphasis on kicks, especially those performed high. Today, it is also an Olympic sport and practised by millions worldwide.
Taekwondo was introduced in government schools ten years ago. This was done with the help of the Youth Welfare Department and the General Education Department. Taekwondo is now practised by around 2,000 students in 63 schools.
V Sivankutty MLA will inaugurate the event at 5 pm on March 31. State Sports Council president Padmini Thomas will preside over the function.
Mayor K Chandrika will give away the prizes on April 1.