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Saturday, March 31, 2012

It is More Fun: History of Sports

We would look back at the history of the sports that is included in the 2012 INC Unity Games.


First on our list is the combat sport, Taekwondo. It is the first only combat sport to be played in the 2012 INC Unity Games. We would get our information from the world organization that governs the sports.






What is Taekwondo?



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 our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.
Let's take a closer look at the meaning of the word "Tae" "Kwon" "Do." It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. "Tae" means "foot," "leg," or "to step on"; "Kwon" means "fist," or "fight"; and "Do" means the "way" or "discipline." If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind "Tae Kwon Do".
First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon 'fists and feet,' or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon 'to put fists under control' [or 'to step on fists']. Thus Taekwondo means "the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world."
Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names in the course. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.
Taekwondo today is similar to the martial arts in other Oriental countries and shares some features with them, because in the course of its evolution it has gained many different styles that existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding Korea, like Japan and China.
But Taekwondo is very different from many such oriental martial arts. First, physically it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. Second, the principle physical movements are in simpatico with that of the mind and life as a whole. Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another perspective.
Taekwondo can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, and life, and the unity of the pose ["poomsae"] and confrontation, and cracking down. When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same. On the other hand, the right poomsae lead to the right confrontation, which will eventually produce great destructive power.
How come we reach such a unity in Taekwondo? Taekwondo is a way of life, much like having a job, raising a family, fighting for a cause, or any one of numerous raison d'etre. What makes Taekwondo different from these is that it is an activity for survival in extremely antagonistic situations. One must always overcome the enemy that is trying to cause harm. But simply winning a fight is not enough to guarantee one's safety, because the enemy may recuperate and attack again. Moreover, there may be many other enemies than the one that was just defeated. One cannot ever feel safe unless one gains permanent peace. To attain this permanent or lasting peace, one needs unity. This is what Taekwondo aim for. Otherwise Taekwondo would be no different from any other street-fighting skills.
Taekwondo pursues harmonious growth and improvements of life through its unique activities. This is why one could say Taekwondo is a way of life. To ultimately enable ourselves to lead more valuable lives, we would do well by finding the guiding principles deeply hidden in Taekwondo.



Philosophy


The philosophy of Taekwondo is very special, but what makes it so special? If we learn philosophy from books, we tend to forget it as soon as we leave them, because it is not related to our actual lives. But since Taekwondo is connected with our lives like every movement of ours is, we can never forget its philosophy.
That is, the philosophy is one of actions that can be learned from other actions, and our everyday activities. Taekwondo philosophy represents the principles of the changes and movements in human beings. It also represents the principles of our lives, since life consists of our movements. Therefore, we can say Taekwondo is a philosophy in itself. We can understand the philosophy of Taekwondo by doing Taekwondo, and this understanding should lead to better understanding and enhancement of our life. The principles of Taekwondo can be explained in several ways but here we will explain it simply with the principle of "Sam Jae" [Three Elements] and that of "Eum" [the Negative or Darkness] and "Yang" [the Positive or the Brightness]. "Sam Jae" refers to "Cheon" [the Heaven], "Ji" [the Earth], and "In" [the Man] and the principles concerning them. In oriental countries, it has been recognized as the central principle that explains the changes of everything in the world. "Sam Jae" and the changes of "Eum" and "Yang" constitute the "Eight Trigrams for Divination" in the "Book of Changes." The principle of Sam Jae has been emphasized in oriental countries, especially in Korea. If you understand Taekwondo's principle, you could understand all the skills and spiritual depth of Taekwondo. The principle of Eum and Yang has also been emphasized in oriental countries as the central principle of life. It maintains that everything has an opposite side. This principle explains various forms of changes, but it comes from "Taegeuk" [the Great Absolute], which represents the ultimate claim that Eum and Yang was the one and the same thing. If we understand Taekwondo according to this principle, we will find a solution, and by continuously changing skills, we will never get stuck, in any situation. After we understand these philosophical principles of Taekwondo, we can find proper ways to understand and develop our lives.
What is the philosophy of Taekwondo?
Taekwondo contains thoughts that Han [Korean] people had developed through history. Its philosophy is easily explained with Hongik-Ingan, Jaese-Ihwa, or Hwarangdo spirit. Hongik-Ingan and Jaese-Ihwa were not only ideologies of Tangun Chosun's foundation, but also a fundamental thought of Han people. With time, these ideas developed into the Hwarangdo spirit and the Taekwondo philosophy today. Now, let's look at the principles contents of the philosophy.
Hongik-Ingan" means universal welfare of mankind. It was the idea of the national foundation by Tangun, and the Taekwondo spirit too has inherited the idea of Hongik-Ingan. It is easily confirmed from the fact that the word of Taekwondo, itself means to suppress fighting and induce peace. On one hand, Jaese-Ihwa means that the world is educated in accordance with the reason of heaven. Taekwondo is a principle, not a simple connection with movements. It is the Korean traditional martial art characterized by the trinity of body, mind and life. Thus, the principle is the reason of all creation, and so it refers to the reason of heaven in Jaese-Ihwa. Therefore, human beings can be educated in accordance with the reason of heaven through correct training of Taekwondo. That's the very meaning of Jaese-Ihwa. Hongik-Ingan and Jaese-Ihwa appear clearly in the myth of the Korean foundation. According to it, "In the early age, Hwan-Wung, the son of Heaven established a nation called Baedal [earliest name of Korea]. He then announced the purpose of the national foundation as Jaese-Ihwa [educate with the reason of heaven] and Hongik-Ingan [universal welfare of mankind].




History

In the modern times of Korea, the Chosun dynasty [1392-1910] the imperial Korea and the Japanese colonial rule until 1945, Taekwondo was rather called "subakhui" than "Taekkyon" and it suffered an eventual loss of official support from the central government as the weapons were modernized for national defense, although the subkhui was still popular in the early days of Chosun.
The Chosun dynasty was founded on the ideology of Confucianism, which resulted in rejecting Buddhism and giving more importance on literary art than martial art. Nonetheless, the Annals of Chosun Dynasty tells about the contests of subakhui ordered by local officials for the purpose of selecting soldiers and others ordered by the kings who enjoyed watching subakhui contests at the times of feasts. It was also ruled by the defense department that a soldier should be employed when he wins three other contestants in the subakhui bouts. However, as the government progressed, the government officials began to lay more importance on power struggles than on the interest of defense, naturally neglecting promotion of martial arts.
Then, it was only in the days of King Jungjo after the disgraceful invasion of Korea by the Japanese [1592] that the royal government revived strong defense measures by strengthening military training and martial art practice. Around this period there was a publication of the so-called "Muyedobo-Tongji," a book of martial art illustrations, which 4th volume entitled "hand-fighting techniques" contained the illustration of 38 motions, exactly resembling today's Taekwondo poomsae and basic movements, although those motions cannot be compared with today's Taekwondo poomsae, which has been modernized through scientific studies.
Even under the Japanese colonial rule, some famous Korean writers, such as Shin Chae- Ho and Choi Nam-Sun, mentioned about Taekwondo, saying "present subak prevailing in Seoul came from the sunbae in the Koguryo dynasty," and "subak is like today's Taekkyon which was originally practiced as martial art but is now played mostly by children as games."
However, the Japanese colonial government totally prohibited all folkloric games including Taekkyon in the process of suppressing the Korean people. The martial art Taekkyon [Taekwondo] had been secretly handed down only by the masters of the art until the liberation of the country in 1945. Song Duk-Ki, one of the then masters testifies that his master was Im Ho who was reputed for his excellent skills of Taekkyon, "jumping over the walls and running through the wood just like a tiger." (explanation of taekkon techniques in muyedobo-tongji (general illustrations of techniques) (scene of contest).
At the time, 14 terms of techniques were used representing 5 kicking patterns, 4 hand techniques, 3 pushing-down-the-heel patterns, 1 turning-over-kick pattern and 1 technique of downing-the-whole-body. Also noteworthy is the use the term "poom" which signified a face-to-face stance preparing for a fight. The masters of Taekkyon were also under constant threat of imprisonment, which resulted in an eventual of Taekkyon as popular games.


Source: World Taekwondo Federation website




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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Iglesia Ni Cristo Unity Games Sidelights: INC Unity Games 2012 Facebook Fanpage Online Poll (March 31, 2012: 06:00pm)



We would post updates about the Online poll in our  INC Unity Games Official Fanpage . The district with the most votes by March 31, 2012 would win the "Biggest Presence" contest launched at our official 
INC Unity Games website

As of March 31, 2012: 06:00pm
Here are the Top Ten Districts with most votes:

RankDistrictVotes
1Cavite1390
2Tarlac North1384
3Metro Manila Central1154
4Laguna927
5Metro Manila South 767
6Pampanga725
7Nueva Ecija South714
8Bulacan South 636
9Metro Manila North625
10Metro Manila West605



Cavite takes the lead for the first time as they lead Tarlac North by 6 votes. This proves to be an exciting ending  in the INC Unity Games Facebeook Fanpage Poll.


Show your support to your district.


Please vote for your district. Click here: INC Unity Games o go to http://www.facebook.com/questions/305743249454099/?qa_ref=pt

Please share this to other brethren so all of us could show their support.



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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Iglesia Ni Cristo Unity Games Sidelights: INC Unity Games 2012 Facebook Fanpage Online Poll (As of February 23, 2012: 10:00pm)


We would post updates about the Online poll in our  INC Unity Games Official Fanpage . The district with the most votes by March 31, 2012 would win the "Biggest Presence" contest launched at our official INC Unity Games website

As of March 22, 2012: 12:00am
Here are the Top Ten Districts with most votes:

RankDistrictVotes
1Tarlac North1368
2Cavite1321
3Metro Manila Central1082
4Laguna917
5Metro Manila South 753
6Pampanga721
7Nueva Ecija South703
8Bulacan South 632
9Metro Manila North613
10Metro Manila West595



Show your support to your district.


Please vote for your district. Click here: INC Unity Games o go to http://www.facebook.com/questions/305743249454099/?qa_ref=pt

Please share this to other brethren so all of us could show their support.



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Sunday, March 18, 2012

INC Unity Games 2012: Conference A Picture Gallery

We take the memory lane as we look back at Conference A of the 2012 INC Unity Games last February 18 and 25, 2012 held in Marikina Sports Complex and New Era University.










Who says basketball is only for young age? In the INC Unity Games, we had seen our fathers from Buklod to show their basketball skills.






It is indeed more fun in the INC Unity Games as even our district ministers could not keep their excitement as they watch the football match between Metro Manila Central and Cavite. The players would surely be inspired  as they know that the whole district led by their supervising minister is behind them and fully supported them.

It is not all about winning but it about playing together, having fun and showing your sportsmanship and camaraderie.



Camaraderie and sportsmanship is shown by the brethren from our brethren from Rizal and Cavite after a good game of Women's Volleyball.

One of the best way to celebrate your victory is to have a picture to remember this momentous event.






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We also show in this blog the live streaming of DZEM's coverage of  INC Unity Games

Malaking Pamamahayag ng mga Aral ng Diyos - February 28, 2012 at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila

Here are some of the pictures taken at the Grand Evangelical Mission in Rizal Park in Manila last February 28, 2012.


 Luneta is the place where the life of our national hero of the Philippines had wither. But also in this place, a seed of faith would grow to the heart and soul of the guests in the Grand Evangelical Mission and would not wither and would always grow and bear fruit. 


Mainit ang panahon ngunit mas mainit at mas maalab ang damdamin ng mga kapatid na makipagkaisa at masunod ang utos ng Diyos sa pag-aakay ng panauhin sa Malaking Pamamahayag dito sa Quirino Grandstand.


Age does not matter in following God's Words, these young members of the Church brave the heat of the sun and fatigue to be able to participate in our Grand Evangelical Mission in Quirino Grandstand





What is more joyful for a couple than to participate in sharing God's Word together at the Grand Evangelical Mission in Quirino Grandstand.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

INC Unity Games Schedule


Group C
• NUEVA ECIJA NORTH
• NUEVA ECIJA SOUTH
• TARLAC NORTH
• TARLAC SOUTH
» 
Date: January 21, 2011 and January 28, 2011

» Venue: Nueva Ecija Prov'l Sports Complex

Group B
• BULACAN NORTH
• BULACAN SOUTH
• METRO MANILA NORTH
• PAMPANGA
» 
Date: January 28, 2011 and February 4, 2011

» Venue: Bulacan Sports Complex

Group A
• CAVITE
• METRO MANILA CENTRAL
• METRO MANILA EAST
• RIZAL
» 
Date: February 18, 2011 and February 25, 2011

» Venue: Marikina Sports Complex


Group D
• BATANGAS
• LAGUNA
• METRO MANILA SOUTH
• METRO MANILA WEST
» 
Date: February 11, 2011 and February 18, 2011

» Venue: Sta. Cruz Laguna


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Monday, March 12, 2012

IGLESIA NI CRISTO Feb. 28 Grand Evangelical Mission NATIONWIDE!





Over two million INC members and guests attended Tuesday’s gathering, paralyzing major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
As early as midnight Monday, hundreds of buses carrying INC members from nearby provinces were already seen in the vicinity of Luneta.
Most of those who joined in the Bible exposition at the Quirino Grandstand came from the local churches in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, and Central Luzon.
This was the biggest Bible exposition this year of the influential religious group, held simultaneously in 18 selected cities and towns nationwide.
The grand evangelical mission was held as the INC leadership declared 2012 as year of massive propagation of God’s words in preparation for its centennial celebration on July 2014.(Manila Bulletin;February 29, 2012)


View of Million of members of the local religion 'Iglesia ni Cristo' (Church Of Christ) brave the scorching heat of the sun as they attend the Grand Evangelical Mission at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, 28 February 2012. Millions attended the grand Bible exposition of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). (CNN IReport)