Rare taekwondo testing event taking place during U.S. Open in Denver
For the 45th anniversary of taekwondo, a special promotion test will be held in Denver in conjunction with the U.S. Open International Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships June 15-18.
This event marks the first time ever that the Kukkiwon — taekwondo’s world headquarters in Korea — has authorized a senior promotion test up to ninth Dan black belt outside of Korea. Typically there are nine levels up to black belt and nine degrees of black belt. Normally eighth and ninth degree testing is conducted only in Korea.
The test is limited to 300 and will be followed by a masters and grand masters licensing course on Friday and Saturday. All testing will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, and the U.S. Open will be held at Denver University Magness Arena.
This year’s U.S. Open, the nation’s largest martial art celebration, will showcase all of the different aspects of Taekwondo except sparring. The Hanmadang includes traditional forms, forms to music, forms with weapons, demo team competition, power breaking, high flying breaking and much more. One power breaking highlight will be women’s world power breaking champion and world record holder Master Sloane Cameron of Eugene, Oregon, attempting to tie the men’s power breaking world record of 12 one inch boards with a back kick.
The opening ceremony Friday evening will literally be kicked off with the gold medal winners of Friday’s demonstration team competition followed by the world famous Kukkiwon Demonstration Team from Korea, featuring 360, 720 and 1,040 degree high flying kicks of Taekwondo.
The 300 masters and grand masters who will be testing and certified will not only represent the largest martial art think tank but will be the guests of the Kukkiwon and the Korean government for three days at the World Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships in Korea and then four days at Taekwondowon, Korea’s half-million acre park and $220 million training facility dedicated to teaching and advancing the benefits of its national sport, Taekwondo.
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