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    Martial arts are becoming more popular in all pars of the world. In Africa, the?

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    Martial arts are becoming more popular in all pars of the world. In Africa, the recently formed African Union of Tae Kwondo (UAT) has just held its first official contest for the sport, with 14 countries taking part. Tae Kwondo is an ancient martial art resembling karate.

    SYNOPSIS: The African Union of Tae Kwondo was created at this police station in Abidjan, Ivory Coast earlier this month (April 11-13). Initially fifteen countries wanted to join the union and at its constitutional congress South Korea, France and West Germany also sent representatives.

    The congress began with a training period for referees which was taught by Korean and Chinese experts. Then the representatives got down to the business of setting up the union.

    Africans from eight of the unions's member countries came to compete in Africa's first contest in the ancient martial art. Tae Kwondo is a classic form of karate developed in Korea. It is an aesthetic version of the ancient self-defence art. Contestants learn movements that could kill an opponent, but the art of Tae Kwondo is control and that means never touching one's opponent.

    Uganda was the first African country in which the sport was practised and it was due to host the contest but because of the country's political problems failed to send representatives.

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