INTRODUCTION: Top-class exponents in the martial arts from six countries gathered in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, on Tuesday (25 January) for Taiwan's International Invitational Taekwondo Tournament.
GV Participants standing to attention in arena
SV Singapore team PAN TO flag bearers of other teams
SV Hong Kong team standing to attention
SV Competitor breaking a tile with his forehead
SV Competitor breaking tile with foot kick but fails to break second tile
SV Board showing contest between Korea and Japan
GV Korean and Japanese contestants engaged in kick Taekwondo fight (Korean wearing blue waistband and Japanese wearing red) (2 shots)
GV Taiwanese and Indonesian competitors engaged in Taekwondo fight
SV Captain of Korean team being presented with trophy and holding trophy up for photographers (2 shots)
SPORT: MARTIAL ARTS
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Top-class exponents in the martial arts from six countries gathered in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, on Tuesday (25 January) for Taiwan's International Invitational Taekwondo Tournament.
SYNOPSIS: The countries taking part were all members of the East-Asian community area, and they included Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and Taiwan.The Hong Kong team had high hopes of a victory. The preliminary warm-up demonstration included several competitors breaking tiles with head-blows and foot kicks.
Among the early Taekwondo bouts was one between South Korea and Japan. Taekwondo is a form of martial art which originated in Korea. Though the sport has spread to many other countries, the Koreans are still regarded as being very difficult to beat. This year was no exception, and they soon established themselves as clear favourites.
Another match was between Indonesia and Taiwan. The Indonesian competitor continued despite the fact that he had broken his toe in an earlier round.
The Koreans, however, made a clean sweep of the four major finals, with Taiwan giving them the stiffest opposition and finishing second.