The Ilchibae Kookhak Kigong Competition was held as part of the 4th Kigong Festival on October 1, 2016 in Daegu, South Korea. Ilchi Lee, who founded Kookhak Kigong, gave a congratulatory speech to all of the 4,350 contestants and audience members who gathered.
People came together from several countries, including Korea, Japan, China, Qatar, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Many of the performances featured the tool Ilchi Lee developed for Belly Button Healing, called Healing Life, which Lee says helps to accumulate and circulate qi in the body. A team from the UK won the gold among foreign groups, and a Japan team won the silver award, and the U.S. team won a bronze award.
Kookhak Kigong Association became an official member organization of the Korean Olympic Committee in January 2016. It is also taught in approximately 10,000 parks in many countries throughout the world. Kookhak Kigong hopes not only to improve people's health, but also awaken in everyone the Hongik spirit of benefitting all people.