Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial art UNESCO Marks

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ICH Domain Performing Arts, Knowledge and practices about nature and the universe, Representative List
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Location (Address) Efforts to safeguard and transmit taekkyeon are being made by 85 education centres spreading throughout the country. The home of taekkyeon is Chungju-si in Chungcheongnam-do, where the headquarters of the Korea Taekkyeon Association is located.
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Summary Taekkyeon is a traditional Korean martial art that makes use of fluid, rhythmic dance-like movements to strike or trip up an opponent. The philosophy of taekkyeon is centered on the spirit of national defense, as well as on Confucian ideals such as prioritizing the public good over the private good and the pursuit of truth.  As of 2008, there are approximately 50 recognized practitioners of taekkyeon, including Master Jeong Gyeong-hwa. All are qualified instructors able to provide adequate training and have assumed an obligation to transmit the martial art to future generations.  As a part of seasonal farming-related traditions, taekkyeon serves to facilitate community integration. It also plays a major role in promoting public health as a sport accessible to all.
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