The Evening Standard published an article about men fleeing a shooting in Bethnal Green. The victim is taekwondo expert Jordan Bari. He was shot at “point blank” range when he answered the door. The atrocity occurred on Florida Street around 8pm. CCTV footage shows three men running away moments after the reported shooting. Detectives are searching for the three individuals that were close to the scene of the crime. Two men can be seen to be passing an item to each other whilst on the run toward Brady Street.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones in a statement to the public said the following, “Jordan was shot dead as he answered the front door. We are very eager to track down and speak with those shown running away from the fatal shooting in the CCTV footage we have released today. If you are one of the three men or know who they are please get in touch with us as soon as you can. I would also like to reiterate and appeal to anyone who was in the area around 8pm on Monday evening and saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of Florida Street to come forward and speak to police.”
Jordan Bari died at the age of 20 and was a talented young man with a black belt in taekwondo; he had won many trophies for Gurumu Taekwondo Club, East London UK.
If you have any information regarding the situation contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734. If you wish to give your information anonymously please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
Tradition is always at the core of Taekwondo, however, minute changes are bound to happen over the course of its long-lived history. This millennium introduced the action packed Octagonal mat for reasons only those present in the World Taekwondo Federation conference would know.
During a WTF assembly in Puebla, Mexico, changes to the traditional fighting area were discussed and considerable thought was given to the octagon mat – similar to the UFC competitive area. The new octagonal shape will measure 8 m in diameter between each facing sides and each side should measure 3.3 meters. Whereas the traditional mat was an 8m x 8m square in which the competition would take place.
Contestants were sceptical at first, but the new rule brought about a new dynamic that made the sport livelier than ever. According to Rui Bragança, a 24-year-old fighter representing Portugal in the 58kg category, “It means your opponent has nowhere to hide,” and that “the fight is more fluid, more active.”
Croatia’s very own Lucija Zaninović, a fighter in the 49kg women’s category, had the following to add: “It provides more contact, more fighting.” Previously, fighters could retreat in the corner of a square and take a defensive stance in order to engage their opponent later. In addition, the new mat is smaller in area, which in turn would require both competitors to get straight into the action.
It was back in 2013 that WTF president Choue Chong-won had addressed the media about the future of Taekwondo:
“Taekwondo has been all about tradition and pride, its heritage as a martial art deeply rooted in Korean culture and history. But for it to have staying power in the Olympics and reinvent itself as a spectator sport, it needs to make larger strides in its evolvement as a combat sport. The ‘kwon’ in taekwondo means the fist, but the fist has disappeared in the current form of competition because we reward more points to kicks. We need to narrow this gap to encourage hand-to-hand combat. I love how other sports are experimenting with octagon-shaped rings or round-shaped rings because they seem to give judges better views and allow them to make more accurate decisions on the hits that landed and didn’t.”
Thanks to Choue Chong-won Taekwondo just keeps getting better and better.
The World Taekwondo Federation Demonstration Team put a smile on the faces of many refugees near their camp in Rome, Italy. The team gave the refugees a class in Taekwondo and mingled with them for a day. The event ended with thunderous applause and photos were taken to savor the moment.
The WTF President delivered a few words of encouragement, “Many African nations won medals in the recent Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Going forward, the WTF aims to provide refugee athletes with the chance to compete in major championships.”
In April this year, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation and the WTF have embarked on a mission to empower refugees with martial arts and sport. They are sponsoring a Taekwondo facility and classes near a camp in Jordan that houses mainly Syrian refugees.
The WTF Demonstration Team is currently touring Italy. On the 5th of October, the team had their first ever Global Conference on Faith and Sport – where they preformed before Pope Francis in Vatican City. The guest list included some of the most influential people on this planet, namely: Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and IOC President Thomas Bach.
Kang Hyeon Wook had this to say prior to the taekwondo demonstration:
“The THF send taekwondo instructors to the places worldwide such as Jordan where refugees are located and Nepal after the earthquake. Through taekwondo people do not get only physical benefits, but they also learn good manners, self-control and perseverance. All those values are the core of sport and life. However, the most valuable aspect of taekwondo is giving the smile to the people, especially on the children’s face.”
Indeed, as far as we can see, the THF have made a positive impact already in Rome and we eagerly anticipate taekwondo in Jordan that will put more smiles on the faces of those that have experienced the greatest hardships.