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ACR-1 Taekwondo Day.(2021-2022)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 03, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  February 04, 2021


Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 1

Introduced by Assembly Members Quirk-Silva and Choi

December 07, 2020

Relative to Taekwondo Day.


ACR 1, as amended, Quirk-Silva. Taekwondo Day.
This measure would designate September 4, 2021, and the same date each year thereafter, as Taekwondo Day in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Taekwondo is a Korean traditional martial art that is highly popular worldwide, with more than 70,000,000 practitioners from more than 200 countries; and
WHEREAS, Officially developed as a unified style of martial arts in the 1950s, the roots of Taekwondo stretch back nearly 5,000 years, incorporating elements of many traditional Korean martial arts; and
WHEREAS, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called “Subak“ “Subak or “Taekkyon,“ “Taekkyon, and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of “Sunbae.“ “Sunbae. In the Silla period, it became the backbone of Hwa Rang Do that aimed at producing leaders of the country; and
WHEREAS, Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing one’s spirit and life through training the body and mind; and
WHEREAS, Taekwondo cultivates mental strength as well as physical fitness and teaches students to use knowledge and internal power and to follow the Taekwondo tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit; and
WHEREAS, Taekwondo has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation and stands among the official games in the Olympics. Debuting at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, it is one of only two Asian martial arts included as a medal event in the Olympic Games; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the sporting and self-defense aspects of Taekwondo, there is also an exercise element that provides health improvements, including balance, flexibility, stamina, strength, and posture; and
WHEREAS, As well as the physical health improvements, Taekwondo is also known to benefit mental health through increased confidence and improved self-esteem, focus, concentration levels, self-discipline, agility, and reflexes; and
WHEREAS, During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and quarantines have had an impact on the mental health of children and adults; and
WHEREAS, Exercise, including Taekwondo, combats mental health issues by boosting endorphin levels and reducing stress, and it has been shown that endorphin-rich movement improves mental focus and cognitive skills; and
WHEREAS, Men, women, and children of all ages, races, and creeds throughout the California build strong character, pursue self-fulfillment through good discipline, and improve physical as well as mental health by practicing Taekwondo; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates September 4, 2021, and the same date each year thereafter, as Taekwondo Day in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit a copy copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution; and be it further distribution.

Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly post the designation of this day on the Assembly’s internet website.