2 Canadians in Korea

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Taekwondo Event

Our Tae-kwon-do teacher was watching competitions on his computer one day and we asked if he could take us to a tournament. He was very glad to hear we wanted to see a tournament and he immediately called a friend and found one in Busan for the following weekend. He drove us there and back and took us out for lunch.
We were expecting to see some fighting and maybe a little blood but we didn't. Instead we watched a bunch of kids doing some routines and forms which was still amusing. At the start of the event, a pro broke some yellow brick thing with a chop and everyone cheered him on and then the event started. It was fun to see the kids compete and most of them looked bored, tired and wanted to go home to play video games but a few of them took it very seriously.
Most of these kids have black belts and from what I'm told it is vurtually impossible to have a black belt at the age of 10 in Canada as there are requirements that a 10 year old kid would not be able to accomplish. We were doing Tae-kwon-do for 5 months or so with a white belt and then one day without testings our teacher gave us each green belts which means we skipped the orange belt. He said that we have learned the routines required to receive the green belts, no tests required.
We had a great time doing Tae-kwon-do and even though we aren't going anymore I feel much more confident in my abilities to defend myself if the situation demands it. I would want to strech a little first if the attacker allows it though.

Penis Park

On one of our trips with our Korean tour guide, Charles, we stopped by what we have come (no pun intented) to call a penis park. The park was about a mile long, along the shore of the East coast of South Korea, North of Busan. There was a pathway with several monuments, posts, totem poles, benches, fences and almost anything else you can think of shaped like a penis.

It seems to be a family attraction as we saw several families there with kids running around enjoying the artwork. Charles bought us a bottle of Soju that is ment to increase stamina and stiffeness. The results aren't in yet. There may be a hint of viagra in it.