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Reason 8: see the haka performed by the best

By now many Taekwon-Doin around the world - VIPs, umpires, coaches, competitors and spectators - have seen the New Zealand Taekwon-Do team perform a loud, physical challenge in support of their team mates in the ring. Stamping their feet and slapping their chests. Indeed, Master Bos has requested a performance in the centre ring on more than one occasion.

You may have read about it in ITF Generations magazine. It is called a “haka”, a tradition of the Maori people of New Zealand that has become a national expression of New Zealand identity and pride. This is largely due to its performance by the national rugby team, the All Blacks, before its games through most of the last hundred years. (There are a few great videos of All Blacks haka on their website.)

Image of a Maori Warrior

However, we are athletes, practising this national tradition as a minor aside to practising for our chosen sport - be it Taekwon-Do or rugby.

There are groups in New Zealand called "Kapa Haka", for whom this is their sport - or cultural activity, more correctly.

Imagine seeing Maori warriors performing this fierce war dance. Their eyes glaring from tattooed faces. Their grass skirts swinging angrily about their legs.

At the opening ceremony of the 2011 World Championships, you will get that opportunity - if it is in New Zealand!




Reasons to come to New Zealand

Reason 9: visitors visas for competitors

Reason 8: see the haka performed by the best

Reason 7: webcast the tournament

Reason 6: our television experience

Reason 5: everything you need within walking distance

Reason 4: a venue in the centre of New Zealand’s biggest city

Reason 3: see Australia, too, while you are here

Reason 2: things to see and do in New Zealand

Reason 1: the New Zealand dollar

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