TIMD New Zealand performs at Maori Regatta event
On the 21st March 2015 the Tongil Moo Do federation of New Zealand, took seven
practitioners to the Turangawaewae 120th annual regatta festival. The Maori king
of the Waikato region Kingi Tuheitia invited them there personally, to perform
on a stage located on the edge of the Waikato River.
The regatta is a very special occasion in Maori Dom, because it is the only time
when the mighty traditional war canoes that were used in the past by the Maori
warriors are exhibited on the famous river. The Tainui tribe, were the hosts for
the event and opened up their Marae for two days of celebration and festivities.
Under the watchful eye of Sabumnim Robert Shelley the seven Tongil moo do
practitioners went through three forms, Pyung Hwa Eui Bon, Sunghwa Eui Bon,
and a peace demonstration. When they finished the practitioners received a
rapturous applause from a very enthusiastic and receptive crowd.
The King, and his family sent their heartfelt thanks and appreciations to the
TIMD troupe for sharing culture, discipline and art with them.
It was an historic moment for TIMD in NZ because very rarely has the king
invited an outside group to perform on the famous Waikato stage.