My hubby has studied martial arts since high school. First he studied kenpo karate, then took up a different style called taekwon-do when he was stationed with the Air Force in Turkey 16 years ago. Because he was away from the kids and I, he was able to begin as a white belt and complete his black belt by the end of his remote tour. He held onto advancing as a goal as we moved from station to station, and then back home, through busy lives and all that brings. He worked out on his own because there was no instructor in his style any closer than Brooklyn, NY, where he would travel whenever possible for a Saturday class, and he kept in touch with his instructor from Incirlik AB in Turkey. He also established his own school, Victory Taekwon-do, teaching classes for children and adults in our church basement on Wednesday evenings.
On April 4 he tested for his next advancement to II Dan, what might commonly be called a second degree black belt. He completed the test of forms and patterns, ho sin sol or self-defense routine, and breaking. The video of the breaking portion of his test is below. The first break is 5 boards with a side kick, the second is 4 boards with a downward punch, the third is 2 boards suspended with a flying downward kick.[googlevideo:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3149199647671277483&hl=en]
The moral of the story? He’s a tough guy, don’t mess with him!