Taekwon-Do, the Korean Art of self-defense gained enormous popularity throughout the world due to the tireless efforts of its founder General Choi Hong Hi. The art does not only teach how to kick and punch but also provides its practitioners with moral guidance, how to maintain self-discipline, respect others and protect the weak. The 24 patterns that are the essence of the Art have been named by significant figures or events from Korean history that serve as examples of bravery, loyalty, and a great love for the country.
Tul Tour Taekwon-Do and Cultural Programs in South Korea offered by ITF Headquarters Korea to all Taekwondo practitioners from around the world, aim to explore the roots of patterns (TUL) created by the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi. It involves a blend of practical training combined with a cultural experience that will allow participants to develop a better understanding of Korean history, culture, life and consequently Taekwon-Do. One of the cultural aspects of it is to learn a traditional way of bowing and paying respect another aspect is the participation in a Traditional Korean wedding.
The traditional wedding has generated a lot of interest from Taekwon-Do practitioners-couples who wish to get married in a traditional Korean way or renew their vows. The first time a Traditional Korean wedding accompanied the Tul Tour Program was in 2012 when a couple from Puerto Rico married at the Folk village ceremony in Suwon. Llauger Castillo and Milly Maldonado tightened their vows in a traditional ceremony dressed in colourful hanboks while undergoing the ceremonial procedure. The groom entered by horse and the bride in a palanquin (sedan chair) carried by 4 helpers. They were accompanied and supported by the Tul Tour participants and the crew from the Suwon Folk Village administration.
Subsequent to this first ceremony, some other programs have included traditional weddings depending on the program structure and participants. In April this year Master Peter Sanders and Mrs Hetty Sanders renewed their wedding vows on the 11th April 2015, at the celebration of 60th Anniversary of establishment of Taekwon-Do. It was a very special occasion not only because of the significant Taekwon-Do date but it also coincided with their marriage date on which 35 years ago the young couple got married.
The very recent Tul Tour Taekwon-Do Cultural program also included the marriage of four couples from Australia. Members of YingYang Taekwon-Do, Liza and Kevin Purcell, Jane and Christopher Cornell, Emma and Liam Murphy and Melissa and John Evans renewed their wedding vows in a colourful traditional ceremony in Oeam folk village. The ceremony full of symbols included traditional bowing different for man and women. Wedding geese that were a symbol for a long and happy marriage. Pairs of wooden Mandarin duck carvings representing peace, fidelity, and plentiful offspring and roosters at the conclusion of the ceremony represented the removal of all bad things by flying away from the newly wedded couples.
The wedding was accompanied by tul tour participants dressed in beautiful, colorful hanboks that were a gift from the program organizers. Participation in such traditional Korean rituals does not only create a happy and festival atmosphere but also allows the participants to learn and understand Korean culture and therefore the Taekwon-Do that was created by a Korean General and grew from Korean tradition.
We’d like to extend our gratitude to the Asan City Hall for their thoughtful support during the training program. Their efforts continue to help us bring the Korean values and culture closer to the world. For more information about the Tul Tour program, please visit: http://tultour.org
About the wedding location – Oeam korean traditional village
Asan-myeon oeamri naturally formed about 500 years ago, Kang, mokssi settled villages were formed by Yean Lee family emigrated 400 years ago, the name of the village of the Joseon Dynasty – Confucian teacher who alienate am Folk (巍 岩) to after using the self-enclosed called Lilo am Folk (外 岩) 语音 like this till now.
Oeam Folk village and the spatial structure of the dwelling houses show the process of settlement values Joseon Dynasty Confucian ideology adopted by rule of the country dominated by the Confucian-oriented Joseon society.