Kabaddi, Silat, Savate, Kurash. Names of martial arts disciplines… which
may sound very unfamiliar. They will be on display in Chung-ju this week,
alongside other forms. Won Jung-hwan shows us what we can expect
from this year’s World Martial Arts Masterships An attacking player is mumbling something
under his breath. If you look closely,… the player is saying
out the name of the martial art, Kabaddi,… to show the referee that he is exhaling and
not holding his breath during his attack,… which is part of the game’s rulebook. Kabaddi is perhaps the ultimate game of cat
and mouse,… the attacker needs to tag out as many as players as possible and return
to his own zone. The defenders have to keep their distance
from the raider to avoid being tagged,… but at the same time… be prepared to initiate
a tackle and attempt to pin the raider down when he sprints for the middle line. Although it sounds like a game played at school
playgrounds,… the action is highly reminiscent of the game of rugby. And a South Korean player, who is known as
the sport’s most valuable international athlete playing in the Indian league,… hopes the
event can show people how fun it can be to watch Kabaddi. “There is a Kabaddi World Cup, but it is rarely
broadcast on TV. So, I hope people can become more familiar
to this sport through these types of global competitions.” Also, an athlete who just joined the team
less than a year ago, says if it wasn’t the event,… they wouldn’t have a chance to test
their skills on the world stage. “Kabaddi is only the starting stage, so we
want to go out for different events and compete with other teams. We want to have more opportunities to play
with other teams, recognize our opportunity here and to improve our ability.” Agility at its greatest. Muay Thai uses the entire body,… rotating
the hip with each kick, punch, and block. It is not only fast,… but its focus on working
the core muscles sets it apart from other martial arts. And an athlete who wants to win a gold in
her homeground says,… there is a sense of calm and respect… despite the fierce nature
of the sport. “We are not fighting with emotions. We go into the ring to show our spirit and
mind. So when we are done fighting, we always show
our respect and thanks for the fair play.” Besides the two, visitors can feast on a whole
range of martial arts in Chungju this week. Some 3-thousand masters of 20 martial arts
from around the world, including Wushu, Taekkyeon and horse-back archery are now here in South
Korea for the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships. The event is set to run until Friday,… and
it’s an opportunity that can’t be missed by martial arts lovers. Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News Chungju .

Leave comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *.