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CULTURAL ENLIGHTENING Visit Historic places & cultural activities to better understand Korean life

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Gain knowledge about Taekwon-Do in its homeland

TUL TOUR

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TASTE OF KOREAN LIFE STYLE Tul Tour programs designed by the International Taekwon-Do Federation HQ Korea aim to explore the roots of patterns (TUL) created by the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi.


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ABOUT TULTOUR PROGRAM TUL TOUR PROGRAMS DESIGNED BY THE ITF HQ KOREA AIM TO EXPLORE THE ROOTS OF PATTERNS (TUL) CREATED BY THE FOUNDER OF TAEKWON-DO,

The “TUL TOUR®” programs involve a blend of practical training combined with a cultural experience that will allow participants to develop a better understanding of Taekwon-Do

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In 2011 we initiated Taekwon-Do & cultural pro-

experience that allow its partakers to develop a better

grams that aimed to provide it’s participants with

understanding of Korean history, cuisine, tradition and

technical instruction and theoretical lectures on pat-

therefore, about Taekwon-Do. The programs’ partici-

terns and provide the opportunity to practice those

pants will experience a variety of Korean dishes, play

patterns in the locations around South Korea that are

traditional Korean games, travel on one of the fastest

associated with Taekwon-Do TUL history. The programs

trains in the world, reflect on the “DO” in a temple-stay

are epic tours across Korea taking its participants to

program, and enjoy the exotic beauty of the volcanic

the historic places that inspired General Choi to create

Jeju Island, a place listed as an UNESCO World Heri-

the TULs. The “TUL TOUR programs®” have also been

tage Site and named as one of the “New 7 wonders of

structured as a blend of practical training and cultural

Nature”.

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04 01 Tul Tour 2011 Program The group practicing Yul Gok Tul in front of his monument

02 Tul Tour 2012 Program Practicing Joong Gun Tul in front of the Ahn Joong Gun monument in Seoul

03 Traditional Wedding A wedding was conducted for Tul Tour members from Puerto Rico

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Government award Tul Tour program was awarded the highest

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OUR PROGRAMS

TUL TOUR®1 This program strives to provide you with technical instruction and theoretical

TUL TOUR®2

TUL TOUR®3

This program has been designed to provide

This program will strive to provide you

you with technical instruction and theo-

with technical instruction and theoreti-

retical lectures on the following black belt

cal lectures on higher black belt patterns:

lectures on patterns: Chon-Ji, Dan-Gun, Do-

patterns: Kwang-Gae, Po-Eun, Ge-Baek, Eui-

Yon-Gae, Ul-Ji, Moon-Moo, So-San, Se-Jong,

San, Won-Hyo, Yul-Gok, Joong-Gun, Toi-Gye,

Am, Choong-Jang, Ko-Dang, Sam-Il, Yoo-Sin,

Tong-Il, and will give you the opportunity

Hwa-Rang, Choong-Moo.

Choi-Yong.

to travel for 7 days to the locations around

It is a 10-day tour around Korea covering

This 10-day tour will take its participants

approximately a 2000 km route and visiting

to the locations associated with the black

locations associated with the color belt pat-

belt patterns. This program will be activated

terns. This program is currently available.

from April 2014.

Korea which are associated with these TUL history. This program will be available in 2014.

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Beside the tours listed above, we can modify a program to meet your group’s needs and requirements. For more information and a business plan, please email us at korea@itfmail.org

TUL TOUR® 24 This program will strive to provide you with technical instruction and theoretical lec¬tures on all 24 patterns: Chon-Ji, Dan-Gun, Do-San, Won-Hyo, Yul-Gok, Joong-Gun, Toi-Gye, Hwa-Rang, ChoongMoo, Kwang-Gae, Po-Eun, Ge-Baek, Eui-Am, Choong-Jang, Ko-Dang, Sam-Il, Yoo-Sin, Choi-Yong, Yon-Gae, Ul-Ji, Moon-Moo, So-San, Se-Jong, Tong-Il. This tour will take 21 days to complete and it will also be combined with a master class providing additional accreditation. This program will be available on special request.

TUL TOUR® - Masters This program will strive to provide you with technical instruction and theoretical lectures on various aspects of Taekwon-Do as well as on crucial elements related to practicing patterns. The tour will be led by selected Grandmasters and Masters highly experienced in this area. The “TUL TOUR® - Masters” will differ from previous tour programs in that it will be located in 3 major Korean historic areas (former Koguryio, Silla and Beakche Kingdoms) closely associated with TUL history and will incur less travel and more opportunity for technical development amongst beautiful Korean scenery.

MINI TUL TOUR® We can also prepare mini-tour programs (3-6 days) for any club or organization that can only visit Korea for a short period of time. If you can arrange a group of 20+ participants and discuss with us what interests you the most, we can create a program for you at any time of the year. We can modify the programs for your needs, convenience and prepare everything for you. You and your groups will be fully catered for from your arrival at the airport til your depar¬ture. For more details please e-mail us on tultour@itfmail.org

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EXAMPLES ACTIVITIES The example of “TUL TOUR®1” that took place in June- July 2011. INFORMATION Tul Tour ®1, It was attended by 26 participants from 10 countries (Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, Holland, Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, USA and Venezuela). The tour was led by Master Zibby Kruk.

The tour begun at the Inchon

moved to Dosan park in Seoul where they practiced Do San tul. The

Hyatt hotel where the organizers

first day was concluded by a Moosin Rang performance (Korean

greeted participants and present-

traditional music, B-boy, Extreme Martial Art) that was put together

ed them with a tour pack consist-

especially for the Tul Tour participants

ing of items such as a backpack, dobok, towels, specially designed tour polo shirts, water bottles and fans. The tour officially began on the morning of Monday the 27th of June where the Tour participants climbed Mani Mountain on Ganghwa Island to visit Chamsungdan, the place dedicated to Dangun offerings. The beautiful scenery allowed them to capture spectacular images and perform their Dangun tul training. Once Dangun was completed they

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were accommodated in a very

dedicated to Joong Gun and Yul

comfortable hotel and rested

Gok. The tour participants moved

after the intensive day full of

to the “Ahn Joong Gun memo-

activities.

rial hall” in Seoul where they performed the pattern in front of

The next morning after breakfast,

the Ahn Joong Gun monument.

the tour participants moved to

They then visited the memorial

the Sorak Mountains that are con-

hall that is full of documents and

sidered to be the most beautiful

pictures outlining the political

mountains in Korea reaching the

situation of that period and the

top by cable car. In spite of the

life of Ahn Joong Gun At midday

heavy rain, the most dedicated

the group traveled to the north

troopers climbed rocks and posed

east part of Korea for Yul Gok

for pictures whilst admiring the

training, stopping on the way

spectacular views from the top of

for lunch at a traditional Korean

Sorak Mountain range.

restaurant to experience genuine Korean cuisine. After the arrival to Kangrung, the Taekwon-doists lined up for YulGok practice in the location of the birth of Yul-Gok. Group pictures in front of Yul Gok’s monument were taken and all participants

In these pictures, the team demonstrates Tuls in front of the Yul-Gok monument. This phenomenal scholar inspired General Choi to create the Yul-Gok Tul

The 4th day of the tour began

daeku by KTX one of the fastest

well known in Korea as one of the

with Choong Moo practice in Hy-

trains in the world.

leading academies and was home

eonchungsa, the location that is

to the Toigye School of thought

dedicated to Admiral Yi Soon Sin.

In less than an hour everyone

The location includes Yi Soon

arrived at Dondgaeku where

Sin’s shrine and the house where

a bus was waiting to take the

In this beautiful location group

Yi spent much of his youth. Once

participants to Dosan Seowon

photos and videos were recorded

the training was completed the

in Andong, the place where Yi

and Toi Gye tul was practiced.

participants had a short tour of

Hwang (Toi Gye) retired and

the location and while dressed in

established a private Korean

dobok, they travelled to Dong-

Confucian academy. The site was

for over 400 years.

These pictures were taken at the Confucian Academy in Dosan Seowon, a historic location in Korea related to Confucianism.

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Bunhwangsa Temple was built during the year 634 and the third year of Queen Seondeok’s rule, the 27th ruler of the Silla Dynasty. Prominent Buddhist priests Wonhyo and Jajang have resided at the temple. Tultourers practice Won -hyo Tul at the temple.

Friday, the 5th day of the tour was a mixture of fun and spiritual enlightenment. In the morning participants arrived at Bunwhangsaji, Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO heritage site that has a unique Buddha statute and is associated with the monk Wonhyo. Visiting this place was a great experience and it attracts many pilgrims from all over the world to pray. Won Hyo tul was performed at the Seokguram Grotto under a roof of exquisite colorful lanterns. After spending the morning practicing Wonhyo, the participants left for the recently opened “Blue One” Water Park for a few hours where they were able to relax and enjoy the nice weather and the many water

Once the participants had settled into the

attractions of the park. It was the final

accommodation in the temple they were

chance to relax before moving to Gul Gul

given a tour that included an explanation of

Sa temple for the overnight stay program.

the expected behavior in the temple. In the evening the program began with meditation, followed by the Buddhist Zen Martial Arts training of Sunmudo. After breakfast and a short rest, Hwarang tul training and a picture session were conducted at the temple premises. Sunmudo, then, literally means “the way of doing meditative martial arts”. It is both meditation and martial art. It is a unique in that Sunmudo, that literally means “the way of doing medi¬tative martial arts”. It is both medi-

it contains a variety of different elements that complement each other. It envelopes the dynamic and powerful movements of a martial art into the peaceful practices of meditation, yoga, and chi qong exercises.

tation and martial art combined together. It is a unique art, supposedly practiced by Hwarang warriors during the Silla dynasty that contains a variety of practical and philosophical elements complementing each other.

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www.tultour.org | korea@itfmail.org − 9 Next morning, all tul tour participants moved to Pusan airport and departed to Jeju Island where they spent time relaxing on Hyupjae beach giving tour participants a chance to swim and mingle with the locals. In the evening a farewell dinner was held as our guests from Venezuela were leaving the next day. Participants received tul tour completion certificates and were named the tul tour pioneers of Korea.

The 9th day of the tour began with a continental breakfast in the hotel and a trip to Sunrise peak, a volcanic formation with an extraordinary view. From sunrise peak tul troopers moved to Cheon Ji Yeon waterfall where they performed Chon-Ji pattern and lots of photographs were taken using the waterfall as a backdrop. Finally the team arrived at the Arrirang Party Center where a fantastic performance of Taekwon-do, B-boys, traditional music and Korean drummers entertained tour participants with an interactive show.

HOW TO JOIN US Tul Tour Program is a special program that was developed by the International Taekwon-Do Federation Headquarters Korea and organized by the Moosin Company. For more information, please visit our website at www.tultour.org or contact us via email at: tultour@itfmail.org Members of ITF Headquarters Korea will receive special discount by joining this program as well as various incentives from Moosin company. For more information, visit our website at www.itfline.org/itf-membership

Based on the Tul Tour -1 participant testimo-

taste of Korean culture that created a great

nials the program was very well received

spirit among the participants.

and very enjoyable. All hotels, meals and

We are looking forward to welcome you

transportation were of the highest quality

in South Korea and spend a fantastic time

making the tour excellent value for money.

together training and experiencing Korean

The places visited were fantastic and the

Culture and Life style.

program not only gave more knowledge and information about tuls but also a great

TUL TOUR PROGRAM.

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TESTIMONIALS AHMAD M. UMAR II DAN, NIGERIA

JOSEPH SESZKO VII DAN, USA

“The Tul Tour 1 was a journey of enlighten-

“Tul Tour 1 was an exhilarating life time

“Right from the start I could feel the energy

ment. It accorded me the rare privilege and

experience. It availed me of the first hand

this Tour brings. I knew this was going to be

opportunity to mingle with the best of the

opportunity to behold the birth place

a great experience. Our group was given a

best in Taekwon-do circles and tap from the

of Taekwon-do. The tour exposed me to

great reception when we arrived. Here was

inexhaustible fountain of their experience.

the people, faces and places, sights and

a chance to see the great Country of Korea

The knowledge gained and the friendships

sounds of Korea. I was fascinated with the

and learn more about the Tuls we practice.

established are invaluable assets of life time

exponential and fast paced technological

It was definitely a great learning experience.

adoration. I can proudly attest to the fact

advancement of Korea, the hospitality of

The members of the Tul-Tour were great

that the Tour had surpassed my wildest

its people and their rich and deeply rooted

fun to be around. A lot of laughing there

expectations. I look forward to participating

culture. Overall, the tour was a pilgrimage

and fun times. My favorite was the island of

in subsequent Tul Tour events and therefore

to the cradle and heartland of Taekwon-do.

Je- Ju. Wow ! what a wonderful place to visit

highly recommend it to all practitioners

Kudos to the organizers of the tour that was

and train. There were Beaches, waterfalls,

that intend to expand their network while

amazingly handled in a deft and masterful

We even rode horses and not to mention

exploring the rich Korean culture and its

way depicting the true spirit of Taekwon-do.

go-cart racing! We all took hundreds of

limitless potentialities.”

I cannot wait to attend Tul Tour II.”

awesome pictures at all the sites we visited.

ADAMS SAAD ABUBAKAR, II DAN, NIGERIA

Korea is a Beautiful Country and I look forward to going on the Tour again.”

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OLIVER DREXLER V DAN, GERMANY

JERRY POTTS V DAN, USA

SILKE STOFFELS I DAN, NETHERLANDS

“All in all 19 participants from 10 nations

“Unlike some trips I’ve taken in the past,

“Patterns are my favorite part of Taekwon-

and from all 5 continents took part. Besides

where immediately upon arrival the feeling

Do. Before my participation in the Tul Tour

visits of several places, the daily schedule

of being let down overwhelms you, this Tul

program in Korea I was only familiar with

just included also several training units. Es-

Tour was more than what the brief outline

the general meaning of each pattern. Be-

pecially impressive for the participants was

could ever express in words. I’m in complete

cause of this limited knowledge, I was never

the visit of places which all are connected

agreement with my 18 tour companions

able to truly experience a pattern, I mainly

with Korean history, their heroes and philos-

from the ten nations in that this was a very

focused on the technical aspects and I

ophers. “This stands, for example, the ninth

professionally managed event. From the

always felt like something was missing.

Tul Choong Moo for the famous admiral

three different modes of transportation, to

During the Tul Tour I have not only learned

Yi, who, in the 15th century, could prevent

the varied cuisine over the nine days to the

much more about the deeper meaning of

the invasion of the Japanese fleet into his

fantastic hotel accommodation on each

the first nine patterns and the history of

homeland by his invention (the first fully

night of the tour were nothing less than first

Korea, but I was also given the opportunity

armored warship).“ Thus the Choong Moo

class. Starting from the very warm welcome

to practice these patterns at places directly

Tul was trained in Hyeongchusa in front of

on the first night to the regretful departure

related to it. Next to that, the atmosphere

his birthplace and Shrine, or “Chon Ji”, which

and goodbyes on day nine, all of us came

among the Tul Tour participants was great

literally means, as sky and earth. This Tul

together as strangers and left as lifelong

and it was an honor to practice Taekwon-Do

was trained on the island of Jeju, - above

friends and companions. The finale was a

together with such nice and skilled people.

an extinct volcano and with it, proverbially,

trip to Je-Ju Island where we had a beauti-

For me, Taekwon-Do came to life during the

between sky and earth. Beside a big cultural

ful relaxing time on the beach and saw

Tul Tour and I would not have missed this

program the schedule also provided for

some of the more scenic areas Korea has to

for the world. I look forward to participating

a visit of a water park (with spontaneous

offer. I have wanted to write an update on

in future Tul Tour events and I can recom-

Won Hyo training in the water) and a great

the history of the patterns and found that

mend this to anyone interested in Taekwon-

afternoon on the beach. Now, what does

this has provided me some very precious

Do and the Korean culture.”

the tour mean for me personally? I feel that

photos, memories and tid-bits of informa-

I have finally arrived, and have found in

tion that I will find as a valuable addition to

the ITF the family I always have looked for.

my work. I want to thank all who attended

Result: I can only recommend the tour to

and especially to the organizers to lead in

every “real” Taekwon-Do practitioners; you

the finest tour ever. I look forward to doing

will see Taekwon-Do in a different light.”

it again soon.”

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