THE Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) has condemned the action of a student from Ateneo Junior High School who bullied his schoolmate, a video of which went viral on Thursday.
A video of a student from Ateneo high school went viral on Thursday, with the student seen unleashing taekwondo kicks and punches against a schoolmate, who was left bloodied in the violent act.
The PTA on Thursday evening condemned the incident, saying such acts are not what the sport stands for.
“It has come to our attention that several videos involving a Taekwondo practitioner engaged in alleged violent incidents are circulating online. We, the Philippine Taekwondo Association, condemns any form of misbehavior which includes harassment, bullying, and acts of violence. This is not what Taekwondo instills to its practitioners and is a serious matter that we as an association stand against,” said the PTA in a statement signed by vice president Danilo J. Mojica.
“Modesty is one of the five tenets of Taekwondo that is being taught to all Taekwondo practitioners from the first day of training. Our association reiterates its objective to teach all Taekwondo practitioners self-respect and respect for others,” said the PTA.
The Ateneo Junior High School, in a separate statement, is set to investigate the matter, which the PTA supports. The PTA also supports any disciplinary action Ateneo will impose.
“The Philippine Taekwondo Association will respect the school’s disciplinary action with the implicated students. We will also further investigate this matter with the individuals involved,” said the PTA.