Tae Kwon Do is Korea's most
popular martial arts system. It is a Korean Karate style that
combines dodging, blocking, and punching with extensive kicks.
They also appear to not like wood planks. We recently
attended my cousin Chuck's final black belt test and demonstration.
Chuck had been testing all week; his feet were pretty banged up
and taped by the time the final event on Saturday. The
demonstrations were pretty impressive. One of the instructors
warned the audience that there may be pieces of wood flying about and
there was; one spectator was slightly injured when she was hit in the
face by a piece that flew half way across the room. It was
difficult to take pictures; bad light and you really had to watch out
for not only flying chunks of wood, there was also sword fighting,
knife defense demo's and people flipping other people. It seemed
a bit like a training center for movie stunt men and women.
Scroll down... there are several pictures.
In this series they blindfold
Chuck, then he kicks a cigarette out of one volunteers mouth,
spins around and kicks a board in half... I figure this one is a
success if he does not miss and rip the lips and nose off the guy
holding the cigarette !
Chuck receiving his black belt.
Congratulations Chuck ! I hope I can move as well as you do when I am 67.
© 2007 - Jeff Wallace