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    Goofy Suburbanites Turn to Taekwondo

    June 9, 2005

    Taekwondo exceeds mother’s ‘wildest dreams’

    By Emilie Lemmons
    The Catholic Spirit

    Unathletic by nature, Mark and Lori Davis never dreamed they’d ever get a kick out of . . . well, kicking.

    And jumping.

    And punching.

    But that’s what they’ve been doing for the past two years. Lori earned her first-degree black belt in Taekwondo in January, and Mark plans to test for his black belt this month.

    Their five children also are skilled in Taekwondo, with two black belts and three browns among them.

    “Believe me, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would be doing this,” said Lori, 45, adding that she’s “not particularly thin,” and that staying in shape has been a challenge for the family.

    Members of St. Helena in Minneapolis, the Davises first became interested in the Korean martial art when their son, Tim, now 11, took advantage of a 30-day membership at the Eagan ATA Black Belt Leadership Academy, a prize the family won at a church festival. The owner of the Taekwondo club is a fellow St. Helena parishioner.

    “I used to take [Tim] a few times a week,” Mark said.

    “There were a handful of adults there, but mostly kids. And I’m watching that, and I’m thinking, ‘Hey, maybe I could do that.’”

    So Mark, now 50, talked his reluctant wife into joining him.

    <img src="http://thecatholicspirit.com/Media/6.9.05.couple.jpg" align=right>A month later, their oldest daughter, Sarah, 13, joined. A few months later, the youngest three children signed up, and Taekwondo became a family activity.

    For Lori, “It was something that I had never done before. I have two brothers and two sisters, and they were all very sports-oriented, . . . whereas I was more in the arts, the plays.”

    Taekwondo, she said, is great exercise in a setting where “you’re not competing against anybody. It’s mainly goal-setting for yourself.”

    The people she’s met at the club “are the nicest people you ever want to meet,” she added. Parents share similar values — goal-setting and learning life skills — and the club owners foster a sense of respect and integrity in the children.

    Mark said he notices improvements in his aging knees due to Taekwondo, which emphasizes kicking and jumping more than its Japanese sibling, karate, which has more arm action.

    “I just turned 50, and I’m probably in better shape now than I was at 40,” he said. “I weigh a few more pounds, . . . but I’d say I’m in much better shape.”

    “One instructor said it adds 10 good years to your life instead of 10 crummy ones,” he said with a laugh. “When we’re in our 80s, we won’t be sitting there watching TV because we can’t move. We’ll be out kicking somebody’s butt.”

    http://thecatholicspirit.com/archives.php?article=4080



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    Wonder if that knee problem of his could possibly be mediated by some actual exercise.....
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    You know, if TKD is helping improve your knees, I have a hunch.... that you're not doing it correctly. Just a hunch though... maybe it's all that JUMPING AND KICKING that's involved that wouldn't be too good on already worn joints.

    But hey, if Deadlifts can help fix back problems, I guess this'll work too.

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    “One instructor said it adds 10 good years to your life instead of 10 crummy ones,” he said with a laugh. “When we’re in our 80s, we won’t be sitting there watching TV because we can’t move. We’ll be out kicking somebody’s butt.”

    http://thecatholicspirit.com/archives.php?article=4080




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    Wonder if that knee problem of his could possibly be mediated by some actual exercise.....
    "Let me axe you this,let me axe you this.Can you kick my ass"?
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    Two things:

    1. His belt's tied wrong.
    2. He's wearing a poom belt.

    For those who don't know, in many TKD schools, a kid under the age of sixteen can't be a "real" black belt. Before then, they have a belt that is half black and half red, just like he's wearing. It's like the BJJ guy wearing a green belt. What's the deal?
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    This is the ATA we are talking about. They are too deadly for logic and rational thought. Deal with it.

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    It's the exercise that's helping the knees, not the TKD. TKD is pretty horrible for the joints if you're doing it properly. I'm always getting muscle and joint injuries. When you're a fatass, just about any sort of physical activity makes you feel younger.

    By the way, I have NO idea what that kick in the first picture is supposed to be. It's completely retarded.
    Rad ki was made up by adolescents. I do not know who created trad ki but it was not made by adolescents. your an ass dude, Im not being a little bitch you are, your past the level of a bitch. Your beyond Bitch! If im easting my time with ki and psi, then your wasting time to prove frauds, and all **** like that! -theoutsider

    Kick boxing is ok, but don't expect do beat a man like Rickson Gracie with that. You need a real martial art. You need Xing Yi Quan. -Emptyflower

    The splits, how ever, have a few martial uses. Doing the splits for me, can put my fists in testical strike range.

    dont ignore the Art for the Martial or else your just kick boxing

    Yes i am serious, there are kicks that can block punches. we have them in Moo duk kwan.
    I want to learn how to use them in case my arm gets broken in a fight.
    what would you have me do? if my arm gets broke, not block punches? -sempi-stone
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    I'm insulted by the idea that they have received their black belts in 2 years. While I am now receiving my brown belt and it took me only 5 years.



    Hard Work, Patience, Dedication That's utter bullshit and they know it.
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    the kick is called 'teh d3@dly'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckyokushin
    Hard Work, Patience, Dedication
    Putting down the pork rinds takes all three, friend. :icon_rabb
    Rad ki was made up by adolescents. I do not know who created trad ki but it was not made by adolescents. your an ass dude, Im not being a little bitch you are, your past the level of a bitch. Your beyond Bitch! If im easting my time with ki and psi, then your wasting time to prove frauds, and all **** like that! -theoutsider

    Kick boxing is ok, but don't expect do beat a man like Rickson Gracie with that. You need a real martial art. You need Xing Yi Quan. -Emptyflower

    The splits, how ever, have a few martial uses. Doing the splits for me, can put my fists in testical strike range.

    dont ignore the Art for the Martial or else your just kick boxing

    Yes i am serious, there are kicks that can block punches. we have them in Moo duk kwan.
    I want to learn how to use them in case my arm gets broken in a fight.
    what would you have me do? if my arm gets broke, not block punches? -sempi-stone
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckyokushin
    I'm insulted by the idea that they have received their black belts in 2 years. While I am now receiving my brown belt and it took me only 5 years.



    Hard Work, Patience, Dedication That's utter bullshit and they know it.

    A comment like this was somewhat expected given the quality of posts you consistently produce.
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