Tae Kwon Do championships in Oregon April 24

The World Jang Song Tae Kwon Do Federation’s 3rd International U. S. Open Tae Kwon Do championships will be held at Oregon’s Blackhawk Center’s main gym on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. and will last into the evening. Spectator admission is $5 at the door, ($3 for children younger than 10).

There will be competitions in point sparring (light contact fighting), Poomsae (choreographed fighting forms) and Olympic sparring. Olympic sparring is full-contact fighting as practiced in the Summer Olympic Games since 1988 in Seoul, South Korea as a demonstration sport and since 2000 in Sydney, Australia as an Official Olympic Sport.

Competition divisions will be broken down according to belt ranking, age, gender and size/weight. Martial artists from 5 – 65 years of age ranking from beginner white belts through 3rd degree black belts will be competing.

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean traditional martial art that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics. Literally translated, Tae Kwon Do means “The way of the fists and feet.”

The World Jang Song Tae Kwon Do Federation, based in Rockford, was founded by Grand Master Tae Eun Ha. The president is Master Bradley Osborn of Sycamore. In addition to the main school in Rockford, there are branch schools in Oregon (Nash Center), Sycamore (Sycamore Community Center), Freeport (YMCA), Ill., as well as one in Iowa. As well as local competitors, athletes are expected from Indiana, Iowa and Texas. Invitations have also been extended to teams in Korea and Spain.

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