Brit Passion for Taekwondo

Yesterday saw millions of Brits frantically checking their bank accounts, as it was the last possible day that money for Olympics tickets could be extracted. Many were ecstatic to realise that their dreams of spectating a favourite sport in the most fantastic context had come true.  On the flipside, many, like me, were disappointed to find that none of my ticket applications had been in the least bit successful.

I was secretly counting on there being enough taekwondo tickets to go around, but apparently not. To be honest, I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

Firstly, Team GB is taking taekwondo extremely seriously these days, as was demonstrated in last month’s Taekwondo World Championships in Gyeongju, where we took home the following titles:

  • Women’s welterweight gold (Sarah Stevenson)
  • Women’s featherweight silver (Jade Jones)
  • Men’s bantamweight silver (Michael Harvey)
  • Men’s featherweight bronze (Martin Stamper)

Great Britain ranked 6th out of 144 nations in the overall medals table, and with over a year’s training time left, there are high hopes for them at 2012.

As well as this, there has been a wave of interest in martial arts in recent years, following the resurgence and popularity of martial arts movies initiated by the release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. I have noticed more and more friends taking up a martial art as a hobby, and on a more prominent scale, Bruce Sistaz ( have brought this into the forefront of mainstream TV on Britain’s Got Talent. As Judo is the only other martial art featured as an Olympic sport, is it any wonder that taekwondo was such a popular choice?

There may be a second chance to obtain tickets, and I will definitely be there when there is, although I won’t keep my hopes up.  Whatever happens, I will be closely following what happens in 2012. For those with tickets, all I can say is that I am green with envy.  Oh yeah, and congratulations! 🙂

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