The Philippine Taekwondo Association condemns the bullying incidents involving teenage taekwondo practitioner Joaquin Montes, who is a student of Ateneo de Manila University. He is said to be a black belt in taekwondo.
Some netizens are claiming that the teenager’s older brother Diego Montes is also a bully. According to the accusers, Diego was kicked out from San Beda College because of bullying.
Joaquin is currently in junior high school while Diego is in senior high school. On July 1, 2017, the latter took home a gold medal for the -63 kg welterweight category in the Quezon City New Face Taekwondo championship held at Fisher Mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, according to the Ateneo de Manila University website.
On December 20, 2018, the PTA took to Facebook to share a statement signed by its vice president Danilo J. Mojica. The statement did not particularly mention Joaquin’s name.
As Mojica stated, one of the five tenets of taekwondo is modesty or self-control (극기). The other four are courtesy (여의), integrity (염치), perseverance (인냬) and indomitable spirit (백절불굴).
The introduction of taekwondo in the Philippines is attributed to the efforts of Kim Bok Man and Park Young Man. Continuing Man’s mission to propagate the Korean martial art in the world, Kim arrived in the Philippines in 1970 following the invitation of then president Ferdinand Marcos.
Kim left the Philippines in 1971 to introduce taekwondo to other countries. In 1975, Hong Sung Chon arrived in the country to continue what Kim had started and established the PTA.
The PTA is currently headquartered at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila. It is a member of the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Asian Taekwondo Union, the World Taekwondo Federation and the World Taekwondo Headquarters or Kukkiwon.
Among the notable Filipino taekwondo pioneers is actor-turned-politician Monsour del Rosario. He is the incumbent representative of the first district of Makati.
Here is del Rosario talking about taekwondo several years ago: