On July 8th, Daedo, the renowned international martial arts equipment company specializing in Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Hotel Porta Fira in Barcelona. The gala was attended by invited masters who have been customers since 1983-1990, representatives of Karate, Taekwondo, and Judo federations, as well as distributors from more than 35 countries across 5 continents. Elite athletes sponsored by the company also graced the event.
Among the distinguished guests were Mr. Antonio Moreno, president of the Royal Spanish Karate Federation; Mr. Jesus Castellanos, president of the Royal Spanish Taekwondo Federation; Mr. Gonzalo Gonzalez of the Royal Spanish Judo Federation; and Mr. Kim Young Ki, president of the All Spain Korean Association. Notably, approximately 80 masters from all over Spain joined the celebration in Barcelona.
Daedo’s trajectory began in 1983, when Mr. Chuen Wook Park founded the company in Barcelona, Spain. Within four years, Daedo became the official sponsor of the 8th World Taekwondo Championships. Since then, Daedo has continued to sponsor numerous World Championships as well as Taekwondo and Karate while actively participating in the Olympic Games.
The company’s presence was prominent in emblematic Olympic events such as Barcelona 1992, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and later as a supplier of electronic bibs (PSS) for the London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Daedo played a crucial role in the advancement of Taekwondo as an Olympic sport, particularly through the development of the electronic competition system.
Daedo experienced significant growth in the field of Karate from 2001 to 2020, becoming a sponsor for several Karate World Championships. Currently, the company is the Official Sponsor of the three Federations: Real Federación Española de Karate, Taekwondo, and Judo, providing uniforms and protections for the National Team athletes.
The company also sponsors Spanish elite athletes such as Sandra Sanchez, Damián Quintero, Maria Torres, Nikoloz Sherazadishvili, Francisco Garrigós, Laura Martinez, Alberto Gaitero, Estrella López, Daniel Quesada, Jone Magdaleno and Cecilia Castro.
Daedo’s journey has been challenging, and its CEO, Mr. Chuen Wook Park, acknowledges that the major support from Taekwondo, Karate, and Judo masters and Federations has significantly contributed to Daedo’s growth. During the gala, Mr. Park personally presented Plaques of Appreciation to several masters and Federations as a token of his eternal gratitude.
“Tonight’s gala is NOT to celebrate today’s DAEDO success, but to express our appreciation to you.” Mr. Chuen Wook Park emphasized in his welcoming speech.