Yeah, a guy just moved from South Korea and I had the oppurtunity to ask him about the popularity of Martial Arts in his homeland. In his broken english he told me that they would have school tournaments (this is academic school, he is in 10th grade!) like we have track meets. They had a PE class, but they had a seratate class twice a week exclusivley for the purpose of learning and prefecting Tae Kwon Do. He also mentioned that in North Korea, the communist government could draft you to a national Tae Kwon Do team, with or without your consent.
[This message has been edited by Glyde (edited 03-16-2005).]