Taekwando Demonstration at Brehm Preparatory School
Brehm students were treated to a live performance by actual young ninjas, mostly from South Korea, who flipped their bodies, shattered boards, screamed with intensity and showed what practice and determination can do.
The world-traveling team came to Carbondale, Illinois, a little over four weeks ago, from the Korean Black Belt Center in South Korea (KBBC). Why Carbondale? Over the years, instructors at KBBC, Master Kang and Master Park, have developed a great working relationship with local U.S. National Champion Master Han, founder and teacher at the Carbondale Dojo Hanjudo & Taekwando. The three Masters have been training both schools, giving the 13 Korean students the opportunity to train and spar with approximately 40 students from Carbondale. Some of our Brehm students have also had the opportunity to train with the KBBC students as they practice Judo under Master Han’s instruction.icies nisi.
The three Masters have been training both schools, giving the 13 Korean students the opportunity to train and spar with approximately 40 students from Carbondale.
Photograph by Jonathan Cohen and JC Photography
As the KBBC students prepare to travel back home, they took the time to visit Brehm Preparatory School to showcase their skills. A total of 18 students, which included five national champions, took center stage at the Gregory Douglas Gymnasium and showed us their forms, flipped and tumbled with grace, skill, agility, and at times, a sense of humor.
“It was like looking back into the past for me, I took Tae Kwan Do lessons when i was younger, I even broke a few boards too.”
~Harrison – Brehm Student
Jaws dropped after Master Park, from a total standstill, jumped straight up, flipped backwards and kicked an apple off a knife held aloft by a young ninja stoically sitting on the shoulders a teammate. Brehm students roared with glee. Several took a microphone to ask follow-up questions which showed their appreciation of the opportunity to watch a performance by youngsters which celebrated a different culture.