On June 30th and July 1st, the Annual Hwa Rang Do World Championships took place in the beautiful Italian province of Tuscany.
The National Team from Luxembourg came away with great surprise the title of Overall Team Champion.
Every year since 1999, America has won the team competition title. No other country has ever prevailed against the United States of America. Only this year, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has been able to take the title away from the Americans.
A 2 days Decathlon in individual and team categories.
Hwa Rang Do® is a 2000-year-old Korean martial art that unites a variety of disciplines like no other martial art, including physical and mental techniques and weaponry. In the 1960s, Dr. Joo Bang Lee regimented and integrated these disciplines into a modern martial art.
A truly historic occasion in the history of Hwa Rang Do.
The Luxembourg National team was fighting in three disciplines: Yongtoogi (Stand up Striking Quick Submit Fighting), Gotoogi (Submission Grappling), and Mugi Daeryun (Weapon Fighting with Sticks and Swords). Each 5 member team consisted of three men and two women and in order to gain the overall victory, they had to win two out of the three categories of fighting. Due to a three way tie between USA, Italy, and Luxembourg, the team who had the most wins would be selected as winner, which eliminated USA, the defending champions. However, it left Luxembourg and Italy with another tie with the same number of wins. It was like a movie! To break the tie, it came down to the weapon fighting and each country picked their top competitor to fight one round of sword fighting to determine this year's Overall Champion.
Giuseppe Morelli, Team captain and Head Instructor of the Hwa Rang Do and Tae Soo Do Club in Luxembourg, fought for the decisive victory.
The rather young Hwa Rang Do and Tae Soo Do Club from Luxembourg is led by Grandmaster Taejoon Lee, eldest son of Hwa Rang Do founder, Dr. Joo Bang Lee. He holds the world's highest degree with the 8th Dan Black Sash and is the Heir to Hwa Rang Do.
What is Hwa Rang Do?
Hwa Rang Do means "the way of flowering knights". The rise goes back to the time of the Three Kingdoms in Korean history, when the ancient Hwarang of the Silla kingdom unified their Korean peninsula for the first time in history. Hwa Rang Do® is a multi-faceted and integral discipline with a holistic focus to help you develop and cultivate your inner balance, giving you the opportunity to fully maximize your own human, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual strengths.
Special thanks to FLAM (Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Arts Martiaux).