As all martial arts were founded on the principles of combat and self defense, it may be difficult for some to imagine a fighting art as a tool to promote global peace; yet, the Taekwondo Peace Corps has successfully been doing so since 2008.
The World Taekwondo Peace Corps (TPC) is an organization consisting of volunteers sharing a message of “Good Will” on a worldwide scale. The message does not come from within the founding of a fighting art, but instead, from the spirit of the art itself.
Launched in 2008 by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and officially established in 2009, one of the primary missions of the TPC is to assist those in developing countries to expand on their personal dreams by providing hope and education toward defeating poverty.
With Taekwondo being a martial art that emphasizes much more than fighting skills, the TPC focuses on the purpose of communicating peace to a suffering world, be it through poverty or war, by sharing the traditional values of the art’s founding spirit; the spirit which lies at the heart of what are known as the Tenets of Taekwondo:
- Self Control
- Indomitable Spirit
The WTF established the theme of the TPC as: “World Peace through the Great Taekwondo Spirit” and since its founding has dispatched over 1,000 volunteers to 210 nations. By sharing the message of peace through Taekwondo, the TPC has shown that ethnic and national boundaries can be eclipsed, thus bringing nations and all people together in the promotion of global peace.
TPC volunteers travel worldwide in sharing, promoting and educating those through the “spirit” of Taekwondo as its goal is to especially spread hope and dreams to the youth of the world. For the first time since its conception, members were dispatched in 2013 to the four African countries of: Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Sierra, as well as to Columbia in Latin America.
Located in Seoul, South Korea, TPC volunteers have traveled to Paraguay, China, India, Russia, Ghana, Senegal and all across the world, sharing their journey in an amazing display of humanity coming together in peace through the art of Taekwondo.
Just one example of how TPC volunteers share the message of peace throughout hundreds of countries, is the story of Choi Dae-ho, a Korean Taekwondo instructor who found himself on the streets of Singapore in February of 2013. Coming across an elderly lady walking down the street barefooted, he stopped her, knelt down and gave her the shoes he was wearing.
The mission of the World Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation goes far beyond sharing peace globally, but is also teaching the art of good will toward the world. By volunteering to travel to some of the poorest and harshest areas on earth, members continue to serve those in most need, all through the indomitable spirit of the world’s most popular martial art: Taekwondo.
To learn more about how you can help support the World Taekwondo Peace Corps, please visit the TPC Support page as well as through Facebook via: World Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation.