Women’s Power Breaking added to ’16 World TKD Hanmadang Championships
The U.S. Taekwondo Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Kukkiwon announced last week that Women’s Power breaking with side kick and back kick will be events for the first time at the 2016 World Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships.
President Sang Chul Lee and Master Slone Cameron traveled to Seoul Korea in the first week of March to Taekwondo’s World Headquarters to secure this induction. Officials of the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships have been working on this induction since July last year, according to a press release from the U.S. Taekwondo Committee.
Cameron is the current world record holder, and after winning the gold at the U.S. Open, set her sights on winning at the World Championships, but there was no division for women to enter.
The U.S. Taekwondo Committee (governing body for the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships) President Sang Chul Lee and Executive Director Master Doug Fuechsel have sent multiple requests for women’s induction.
“This is not a political issue; it is just the right thing to do,” said Fuechsel, owner of the PRO-TKD Martial Arts Center in Carbondale. “An eleven-board break by a 5-foot-8, 135-pound women is a perfect illustration of what Martial Arts is all about. Martial Art has always been about the delivery of proper technique, not about size or sex. If [Denver Broncos defensive end] Von Miller rushed Slone Cameron’s back kick, it would put him down. Women that train Taekwondo can have confidence to defend themselves. There is no reason that women should not be allowed in power breaking.”
This induction is great news for women worldwide. The U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships is pleased to announce that it will be taking the first team to represent the United States and the first women’s power breaking team at this inaugural debut.
Competitors from the 2016 U.S. Open will be selected to represent the United States at the World Taekwondo Hanmadang in Korea this summer.
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