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It was originally developed and used against strong, power-hungry men who consistently intimidated weaker ones. As men learned to use Taekwondo to defend themselves against physical attack, they found that their new skill eliminated fear of attack and intimidation. Only then were they able to occupy their minds with the higher goals of spiritual enlightenment and individual self-expression. But mental training in Taekwondo has an even more immediate value to the application of the martial art. In our normal lives, our minds are constantly being overrun by what has been called “stream-of-consciousness” thoughts.

In 1970, the Board of Directors at the Tae Kwon Do Association elected Dr. Un Yong Kim their next president. In 1972, Kukkiwon (the World Taekwondo Center) was built in Seoul to train advanced students from all over the world. Dr. Un Yong Kim was elected president of Kukkiwon. Kukkiwon serves as a research center for the advancement of Taekwondo as a scientific sport, provides a testing center for black belt promotions, and is used to hold national and international Taekwondo championships. In May 1973, the First World Taekwondo Championships were held at Kukkiwon, Seoul, Korea.

Succeeded by Dr. Chungwon Choue as president of the World Taekwondo Federation, a man who had served as vice president of the organization for many years, and Woon Kyu Uhm as president of the Kukkiwon, the future participation of taekwondo as an Olympic event was suddenly 18 / Advancing in Tae Kwon Do B072x text layout part1 8/29/06 10:33 AM Page 19 thrown into doubt. However, as of this writing, through the leadership ability, wisdom, and diplomatic skills exhibited by Dr. Chungwon Choue in harmonizing differing factions of the sports community, sport taekwondo, along with judo, will once again share the honor of being the only two Asian martial arts with competitors vying to place at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China and then again in 2012 at the summer games to be played in London, England.

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