Jang Kyong Ok made her debut in the 7th Taekwon-Do World Championships and bagged her first gold medal. Then, she won the overall champion trophies several times and over 20 gold medals in five Taekwon-Do World Championships and other international tournaments.
She loved Taekwon-Do, the national martial arts, from her childhood. She started her career as a player at the Taekwon-Do team of the Korean Taekwon-Do Committee.
She made painstaking efforts to intensify trainings for developing her physical preparedness, speed, dexterity, perseverance, striking power and special techniques.
In those days, she realized more keenly that Taekwon-Do is by no means a sports event in which only a person with good physical conditions or special techniques can achieve success, out of his or her subjective desire.
Whenever she came to mental and physical limits, she thought: Taekwon-Do represents the soul and spirit of the Korean nation. Only when I have a firm will to defend and glorify the soul and spirit, can I say to be a true athlete of the home of Taekwon-Do.
She added her worked-out program to the daily tasks given by her coach and carried it out at any cost.
In this way, she developed her qualification and ability as a Taekwon-Do practitioner.
Her ability was fully demonstrated in international tournaments.
Based on sensitive judgment of her rival’s tactics and ability, she made daring attacks by skillfully applying her special techniques such as striking with fists in the air and kicking, to the admiration of the audience and Taekwon-Do experts.
Taekwon-Do experts and persons concerned with the 9th Taekwon-Do World Championships held in Malaysia said: Jang Kyong Ok from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the queen of Taekwon-Do. Her movements are energetic and impeccable. The DPRK is entitled to pride itself on being the home of Taekwon-Do.
In the Championships she won the overall champion trophy and four gold medals.
Seeing the people who enthusiastically welcomed her returning after winning victories in international competitions, she felt proud of being a Taekwon-Do player.
She is Labour Hero and People’s Athlete. At present, she works as the secretary general of the Korean Taekwon-Do Association.