NGV Triennial 2020 installation view of Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tokyo and Paris (architecture studio); Kengo Kuma (designer); Geoff Nees (artist) <em>Botanical pavilion</em> 2020 (left), Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Proposed acquisition with funds donated by Connie Kimberley and Craig Kimberley OAM, 2020 and Lee Ufan <em>Dialogue</em> 2017 (right) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Purchased with funds donated by Andrew and Judy Rogers and Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest, 2020<br/>
© Kengo Kuma and Geoff Nees © Lee Ufan, courtesy of Pace Gallery. Photo: Tom Ross

A workout for the body and the mind, Taekwondo is as much about self-discipline and intentional movement as it is about self-defense. Recognised for its breathing method, Taekwondo focuses heavily on breath control and mindfulness in executing sharp and controlled movements.

Set in front of the contemplative work of Korean artist Lee Ufan displayed in NGV Triennial, and surrounded by the accompanying architectural installation by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma and local artist Geoff Nees, Taekwondo Master Robert Pace demonstrates a selection of Taekwondo skills, walking audiences through the basics of the Korean martial art and sharing some of the mindfulness elements intrinsic to the sport.

Learn a new way to be present, improve your coordination and your overall body awareness in the year of the Ox, and be introduced to poomsae, or ‘patterns’ – a set of repetitive movements requiring intense focus, arranged in a meaningful order designed to get you in the ‘zone’.

Presented in partnership with Asia Society Australia.

Prior to attempting any of the movements shown in this program, please warm up your joints and muscles. We also recommend you do an adequate cool down after the session. If in any doubt please consult your healthcare professional.

Robert Pace 7th Dan
Robert Pace began his taekwondo training in 1975 because like a lot of people at that time he was swept along by the Bruce Lee phenomenon. Robert attained his Taekwondo black belt in 1978. In 1991 and 1994 he had two periods of training in Korea to get experience with the best fighters in the world. Robert is a former Australian National and Victorian State Bantamweight Taekwondo Champion. He also proudly represented Australia at the 1993 World Championships in New York and in 1994 at the IOC Centenary – Seoul International Taekwondo Championships in Korea. In more recent times Robert has focussed on Taekwondo Poomsae and in 2016 achieved a Bronze Medal at the 2016 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Peru. He has been two times Australian National and Australian Open Champion and has also represented Australia attaining two Gold Medals at the 2014 Oceania Taekwondo Championships, a Silver Medal at the 2016 European President’s Cup, two Bronze Medals at the 2013 US Open and at the 2012 World Hanmadang in South Korea. Robert also placed 5th at the 2014 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Mexico. Robert was graded to 7th Dan in December 2013 by Grandmaster Young Youl Oh, 9th Dan. Robert runs classes in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote at Pace Taekwondo.

Verino Malandra, 4th Dan
Verino first became drawn to Taekwondo as a youngster in 1975 when his bones were elastic and his moves were nimble and quick. Rain, hail or shine he would walk or run miles to get to classes and as a result he became extremely fit. After some years away from Taekwondo, he returned in 1996 having been inspired by his two children who at the time were barely school age. To encourage his children, Verino went back to basics and started as a white belt with them. He loved nothing more than training with his children. Throughout the years, he diversified his knowledge by also training in Kenpo Karate. He is now Black Belt 4th Dan and is proud to be a member of the team at Pace Taekwondo.

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An interview with Jeff Koons In conversation with NGV Director Mindfulness in Taekwondo Asia Society X NGV Triennial conversations | Dhambit Munuŋgurr In conversation with Myles Russell-Cook Salon et Lumière | A Telstra Creativity and Innovation Series presentation NGV Triennial | JR’s Homily to Country NGV Triennial | Introducing Homily to Country Presented by Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | JR / Rivers in decline Badger Bates, Gabrielle Chan, Rachel Strachan and Alan Whyte in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | Revising narratives Claire G. Coleman, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Timothy Moore and Scotty So in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations | Resonant nature Refik Anadol and Dr Tessa Laird in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Nature as collaborator Talin Hazbar, Elliot Bastianon, Geoff Nees and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myf Doughty Triennial conversations | Oceans on the edge Professor Madeleine van Oppen, Pirjo Haikola and Alex Goad in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | Get real estate Jill Garner, Amy Muir and Michael Bleby in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | Future First Nations Megan Cope, Angela Tiatia and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myles Russell-Cook Triennial conversations | A Dark Horizon Dr. Edward Colless and Professor Larissa Hjorthin in conversation with Dr. Simon Maidment Triennial conversations | House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations | Quantum memories Refik Anadol in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Downtime Faye Toogood in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Crystalline Erez Nevi Pana in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial profile | Glenda Nicholls Triennial profile | Diamond Stingily Triennial profile | Liam Young Triennial profile | JR Interview with William Badger Bates Triennial profile | Refik Anadol Triennial profile | Tomoaki Suzuki Triennial profile | Faye Toogood Triennial profile | Alicja Kwade Triennial profile | Fred Wilson Triennial profile | Porky Hefer Triennial profile | Kengo Kuma Installing JR’s Homily to Country NGV Triennial 2020 Preparing for NGV Triennial 2020 Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture Bringing NGV Triennial 2020 to life Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture