Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Discovery Day Festival

"One can always find a reason to celebrate" the saying goes. The idea behind Discovery Day is to move people from the city to their surroundings to visit and to discover new places. All goals should be consistent with public transport and at a great price achievable. Parallel in the city, a great festival with six stages and 150 stalls takes place. In addition to the municipalities and communities, presenting with numerous actions , there are also local and regional associations, organizations and artists in the streets. We strolled along the many stalls and stages, had a "Bratwurst", a grilled sausage we usually eat when being in the city.
We were looking for the sports stage where local sports organizations are presenting themselves with a little show to attract new members. My Taekwondo club has a show team which prepared for a demonstration performance: Taekwondo techniques and powerful jumps, acrobatic and comedic skills inspired the audience and me too! :-) 
Our show team consists of a group of youngsters who are also members of the federal state competitive squad. So unlike the adult training group where I am exercising. We focus on "fit for fun". And fun it is!
So what is Taekwondo? It is the way of the foot and the hand, a martial art originating in Korea. It combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. Gyeorugi (pronounced [kjʌɾuɡi]), a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.
Taekwondo is my "active" hobby, when I am not cooking, baking or crocheting. I started more than 20 years ago, had a long break of nearly 10 years and started anew three years ago. It is still my favourite sport, even though I have to accept, that I am not 20 years old anymore, nor 30 but already 41! So techniques and jumps have lost their hight. Still an excellent way to keep in shape and to have some fun exercising.

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