Young Taekwondo performers showcase their talent at Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival 20156 near Ludhiana.
Taekwondo, also known as Taekwon-Do and Tae Kwon Do, is a Korean martial art. It combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 1992. Taekwondo was developed by a variety of Korean masters during the 1940s and 50s, the most well-known being General Choi Hong Hi, as a combination of Okinawan karate, Chinese martial arts, and the ancient Korean traditions taekkyeon and gwonbeop.
Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as the Rural Olympics, is held annually in Kila Raipur (near Ludhiana), in Punjab, India.
Competition is held for major Punjabi rural sports, include cart-race, rope pulling and many more, rather strange expressions of strength like holding bicyle with ones teeth, bull lock chariot riding, pulling vehicles with hair and letting a tractor pass over your ribcage.
In February each year, Ludhiana becomes the destination for hundreds of sports enthusiasts, including foreigners. They come to Kila Raipur to see the special breed of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing in competitive events. The most prestigious winners have attended. In the year of the Olympics 2008, Hakam and Naib Singh Dhaliwal from village Kalsian, Punjab took the 1st place prize. They also won first in Gujjaral and Phalewal. They are known in Punjab as the men who hold the greatest passion in the sport.
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