My kid went to South Korea 3 years ago to train in Tae Kwon Do. He was treated like an absolute King. He’s really shy, and a giant for his age at 14 he was 6’2”. – got his ass kicked in sparring but the family he stayed with treated him like family. I don’t know if all families in SK think highly of Americans but that one surely did. As he was leaving, he thanked them for making him feel at home. November 1950 Funny 70th Birthday 70 Years Old Gift T-ShirtThere was a language barrier. The dad said something that included “for your grandfather” – my kid had no idea what he meant and my dad was too young for Korea – but regardless my shy child was welcomed and loved in Korea. Well South Korea is where Tae-Kwon-Do originated so its probably a safe bet that’s why
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Yep- he thought he was good until he got there. Unfortunately his experience there redefined his notion of good. He is very good, but it’s mostly because he’s huge and tough. When he got there he discovered size isn’t the advantage there that it is here. On a phone call from there after a hard day of training I asked him how his day had been. He said, “Dad, I got kicked in the face today.” I said, “Damn son, that sounds rough.” He said, November 1950 Funny 70th Birthday 70 Years Old Gift T-Shirt “Yeah, I cried, of course, but I did okay after that.” Im sure that experience made him grow a lot- no pun intended. Do you happen to know how there is such a regional difference in proficiency between sk and the us? More like a UN tactical and strategic loss that thankfully didnt become a total loss due to the heroism of the men on the ground.
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Yeah, he literally sparred at a middle school PE class. They have done it every day as part of their day. He is/was so big/strong when he landed his kicks that pretty much ended the session. I’ve seen him down countless kids his size (usually 2 or 3 years older) with a kick to their ribs. Over there, the kids were much more skilled – I wasn’t there but from what I understand when he did land a kick, he was just as dominant- but he rarely landed a kick. November 1950 Funny 70th Birthday 70 Years Old Gift T-Shirt The kids in SK were just better and more nimble than he was accustomed to his opponents being. I wont get into the story, but i was bowed to and sincerely thanked for the US’ part in the Korean war while working in New Zealand (Korean Tour guide, one of our regulars.) Im not even 30 yet.