Tae Kwon Do tournament April 30 in Oregon

The World Jang Song Tae Kwon Do Federation’s Fourth International U. S. Open Tae Kwon Do championships will begin at Oregon’s Blackhawk Center’s main gym at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30 and will last into the evening. Spectator admission is $5 at the door, ($3 for children younger than 10).

Competitions in point sparring (light contact fighting), Poomsae (choreographed fighting forms) and Olympic sparring will be held. 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. There will also be a team demonstration competition for all Jang Song schools.

Competition divisions will be broken down according to belt ranking, age, gender and size/weight. Martial artists from 5 to 65 years of age, ranking from beginner white belts through third 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 Algonquin, Oregon (Nash Center), Sycamore (Sycamore Community Center), Freeport (YMCA), and Cedar Rapids, 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.

The Oregon branch of Jang Song trains at the Nash Recreation Center in Oregon. Classes for all ages are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday evening. Spectators are always welcome.

More info: oregontkd.home.insightbb.com.

From the April 20-26, 2005, issue

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