So I’ve finally relocated to South Korea after talking about it for the last three years, and now it’s happened. The worst thing about moving to Korea is not living in Korea it’s the journey to get there from Tasmania, another 28 hours in planes, buses and airports, just eating and sitting but on the other hand you meet some interesting people on journeys so it’s not all bad.
Of course the reception on my arrival was fantastic, CJ and Zibby had beaming smiles and lots of hugs, but I’m not sure if that was because they were pleased to see me or because the new slave had arrived (;-) ) . Despite being a little weary from my journey the excitement of the moment urged me to get the guys to take me to see the new centre. And what a terrific place it will be once finished in a couple of weeks’ time. Keen to initiate me into the fold and make me feel right at home, the slave masters had me picking up rubbish and sweeping floors within a few minutes of my arrival. But then we went for lunch and it reminded me to make sure I watch how much of the delicious food I eat while in Korea or I will become as large as a house. Then it was a quick trip to see the local facilities that are close to the new centre including the new park with fitness equipment, a waterfall, a raised performance area and plenty of running tracks through scenic woods, an awesome place to do some outdoor training or meditation that is within five minutes’ walk of the centre.
Sejong is growing rapidly and there is a “European style village” being created next to a more traditional Korean village right in front of the park and these two developments will offer fantastic accommodation for visitors and locals alike. The population of Sejong is set to double in the next few years so it is a dynamic city that is clean and modern but holds to some traditional values, which is a great reflection of the Korean character. My new role is going to be both exciting and challenging and I know that with the team we have assembled in the last few years ITF HQ Korea is heading in the right direction and I’m so happy to be a part of this family.
Master Steven Weston VIIth dan has been practicing Taekwon-Do for over 35 years and has recently moved to Korea to work with the ITF HQ Korea team. He has just retired from his profession as a medical scientist at the University of Tasmania and will now focus entirely on his contribution to the world of Taekwon-Do