Monday, January 24, 2011

Stay in Shape, Have Fun, But no Fighting

In Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, the third installment of the Fujimini Island Adventure Series, Orange Bunny gives lessons on taekwondo. Orange Bunny says, “We are taught to fight only when there is no option. But just in case, we should practice our taekwondo exercises all morning.” What is Taekwondo? Taekwondo (also written as tae kown do or taekwon-do) is a martial art from Korea. There are lots of fast, high and spinning kicks in taekwondo. It is believed that taekwondo dates back to 50 B.C. Back then it was called ‘taek kyon’. How do we know that Koreans were practicing taekwondo back then? Ancient tombs from back then have paintings showing two men in fighting-stance. At times, taekwondo was used as a military training method. Modern day taekwondo is influenced by many other martial arts such as Japanese karate. Taekwondo is a great way to get in shape and you can kick your way into fun.

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