Taekwondo demonstrations display the power, skill, and grace of Taekwondo techniques as performed by the demonstrators. They show that anyone regardless of sex, age, size, or weight may learn and become proficient at Taekwondo. Demonstrations are a necessary and practical means of showing off the skills of Taekwondo to the public, to encourage them to consider studying Taekwondo. The best demonstrations are well planned, organized, and managed events.
The initiator for a demonstration may be an organization that requests one for a specific function or your approaching an organization ask to give one for a specific reason. Whichever the case, both need to be planned well in advance.
To plan a demonstration:
- Select a leader. This person directs the planning of the demonstration and it execution. The leader controls the flow of the demonstration, insuring each person is ready to perform on time. The leader must be able to read a crowds interest level and make program changes at a moment's notice if the crowd becomes bored.
- Select appropriate members for the group to which you are demonstrating. If the crowd is the general public, then a higher proportion of adult members would give a better impression than a group of younger members. You need to capture their attention and hold it. This means a lot of intense action with a very professional presentation, for which you will have to practice. If you are demonstrating to a school, then a higher proportion of children will obtain far better results. Children would far rather watch their peers and liken themselves to them, than to watch adults whom they feel they could not emulate because of their physical size and strength.
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