Taekwondo is one of the brightest, most consistent, and “intelligent” Korean traditional martial arts, which teaches not only physical combat skills but also much more. This publication will highlight the sustainable development of this fantastic kind of sport in Mexico with an incredible example of “Dinastía de Guerreros Taekwondo.”
Dinastía de Guerreros Taekwondo (Dynasty of Warriors Taekwondo in English) is a Taekwondo organization founded in January 2003 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by Grand Master Arturo Álvarez Hernández, is a recognized Professor in Mexico current 8th Dan, one of the highest in Mexico. He has worked too hard in Taekwondo since 1976 with Professor Alejandro Cárdenas Sariñana, alumn of Chuck Norris, and looking for that. We could say that Professor Arturo Álvarez has “Chuck Norris’ school.”
Professor Arturo Álvarez found his first dojang in 1981 when he was 18 years old, but in 2003 he preferred to be independent and found his organization, “Dinastía de Guerreros Taekwondo.”
Since 2003 he had formed great athletes, fighters, martial artists, and students. In his coaching career, Arturo Álvarez achieved:
- 19 National Gold Medals by seven athletes (First one in 2007, last one in 2019);
- 5 World Championships (five participations in World Championships by three different Professor Arthuro’s athletes;
- 2 silver and one bronze World Championships Medals;
- 14 other medals in international tournaments, such as US, Open, Costa Rica Open, Las Vegas Open, a tournament in Colombia, Mexico Open, National Championship in Israel, Korea Open;
- Events attended in 11 countries on three continents: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, South Korea, China, Uzbekistan, Spain, Turkey, and Israel.
Professor Arthuro’s knowledge helped get scholarships for his fighters when they became students in Mexico and abroad. Athletes, who fight and represent Mexico at the National Universiade, have privileges to study with benefits. Currently, “Dinastía de Guerreros” has six dojangs and around 300 students of all ages, from 3 years old until 71.
Despite that football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Mexico, Taekwondo is a more important kind of sport in the perspective of the Olympic Games: in the last 20 years, Taekwondo gave seven medals for team Mexico since Sydney 2000 (4 more in Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 when Taekwondo was not an official Olympic sport) more than Diving (clavados), this sport has given six medals since 2000.
Nowadays, Professor Arturo Álvarez is also a trainer of the Guadalajara Police Department. Four of his athletes are presented in a national team of Mexico. “Dinastía de Guerreros” is continuously growing: ex-athletes becoming coaches. They share knowledge and education to young athletes to be better teammates, better athletes, and better persons.
“Dinastía de Guerreros” has worked with foundations to train orphans kids to push them away from alcohol and drugs. Also, they embrace the political area, social area, sports area, and education area.
Even in the Pandemic situation, “Dinastía de Guerreros” is working very hard with the Junior team’s organization and preparation to participate in the 1st Junior Panamerican Games, which will be held in Cali, Colombia in 2021. Another good goal regarding upcoming events – a gold Medal in World Police and Fire Games Amsterdam 2022 with Alberto Sierra.
Mexico invests a lot of money in Taekwondo, and the level of competence is pretty high in our country. Also, to excel in this sport is a tremendous challenge in Mexico, and “Dinastía de Guerreros” has done great work with athletes in Jalisco and Mexico.
Interesting topic, Taekwondo in Mexico has big fame and well known around the world. Thank you, Randy, for taking us on this wonderful journey