IT’S just under three months until Liverpool will have the honour of hosting the European ITF Taekwon-Do Championships, but the city has already been given a taste of what’s to come. Passers-by in Liverpool were recently taken by surprise as the England squad performed flash mobs in front of Liverpool’s top landmarks. The well-coordinated initiative was conceived to prepare the city for the upcoming international event and to showcase the sport. The flash mobs happened in front of the Echo Arena, Liverpool 1 and St George’s plateau. The public were amazed as members of the ITF Taekwon-Do England squad, who were mingling with the crowd, began performing ‘patterns’, a series of attacking and defensive movements against imaginary opponents, which tests the poise, precision and technical efficiency of the athletes. The championships will take place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena from 26th to 30th April 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of Taekwon-Do in the UK. As many as 1,500 athletes from 37 Countries are expected to compete. Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this championship event. Hosting the European ITF Taekwon-Do Championships will leave a lasting legacy for Liverpool to carry forward. “The Championships will help to develop strong links with local and European businesses, as well as provide an excellent chance to showcase the outstanding facilities available at Liverpool’s Echo Arena and boost the city’s fame as a top tourist destination. James Moran, Captain of the Junior team added: “The 2017 European ITF Championships are going to be big, a lot bigger than people may think. Liverpool is one of the greatest cities in the world and we are all proud to be representing our country there. I believe that the legacy the event is going to leave will be massive”. You can view the trailer to the championships here Tickets are currently on sale at https://www.ticketing.accliverpool.com/echo/online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=A7139A4D-84E4-411E-A8A2-4C3B78BDEA3D at a cost of £16.90 for a full ticket, £9 concessions.