Last November, after soccer season was over (*sigh*), my husband and I were desperately looking around for a way to channel our 7yo son’s boundless energy. Since it’d probably qualify as cruel and unusual punishment to hook him up to a treadmill and power the house with it, he and his dad enrolled in the local taekwondo studio (um, sorry, dojang) down the road.
He LOVES it. And, so, rather bemusedly, we have become a taekwondo family, with husband and son rushing off to the dojang two evenings a week, and Sir I. practicing kibons and showing off punches and kicks and strikes almost all the time.
We found this amazing video of the Korean National Taekwondo demo team. Apparently they travel around the world, breaking boards and showing off spectacular spinning kicks. While I wonder how useful some of these would be in an actual fighting situation, I admire the skill and athleticism on display here.