On his first trip to Seoul in 2009 US President Barack Obama shows his punch to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
President Obama will get an honorary Taekwondo belt while he's here. According to the Chosun Ilbo:
Obama practiced taekwondo for about four years with an American master in Chicago from 2001 while he was serving in the Illinois state senate. He obtained a green belt.
Here's a letter President Obama wrote to President Lee:
President Obama is not the only US President to have practiced Taekwondo. President Bill Clinton was also reported to have practiced Taekwondo.
Taekwondo continues to play an important role in the lives of many leaders. From members of Congress, professional athletes and legends like Mohammed Ali to Bruce Lee, Taekwondo continues do demonstrate that it has something very special.
Politics aside, it says something that the people holding some of the highest offices in the world have practiced this venerated art. Perhaps if they were to continue and embrace the tenets it might make the world, or at least the political environment, more a peaceful place.
Here is your invitation to try Taekwondo!
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