We kick off 2024 with enthusiasm as we welcome Joël van der Weide, a Dutch Poomsae Taekwondo athlete, to #teamdaedo. With his addition, we now have a total of 24 sponsored athletes. We are excited to continue strengthening our team and supporting martial arts athletes on their path to success.
Joël started practicing Taekwondo at the young age of six, and by nine, he was already competing in international events. His dedication to the discipline led him to build an outstanding 18-year career as a taekwondo specialist in Poomsae. Now, at 24 years old, he has achieved the second position in the World Taekwondo ranking.
Regarding his academic journey, he specialized in a Vocational Education and Training (Mbo) program in Sports and Exercise. Furthermore, he continued his Higher Professional Education (Hbo) studies in the Sports Science program. Thanks to his academic background and extensive professional career in Taekwondo, he can offer seminars and online classes under his name.
On December 18, 2023, Joël had the opportunity to visit Barcelona and participate in a photoshoot with other Taekwondo masters, Master Jeong Cheol Kim and Laura Kim. Besides serving as a model representing his discipline, the photoshoot marked a special occasion.
During the session, Mr. Park, CEO of Daedo, personally welcomed the future member of #teamdaedo. This meeting strengthens the beginning of a significant collaboration, as Joël is the first Poomsae Taekwondo specialist to join our team.
The addition of the Dutch athlete represents a step forward in our mission to support and highlight exceptional athletes in martial arts, especially Judo, Karate, and Taekwondo. We look forward to witnessing the achievements and positive impact that his experience and dedication will bring to #teamdaedo. Welcome to the team, Joël!