So some friends came into town as they were competing in the U.S. Open Tae Kwon Do Championship in Las Vegas. I stopped in to check out some of the second day’s action as Terry Stoker’s son Zachary and his wife were competing. The U.S. Open is a big event with a lot of competitors from around the world. I’m not sure how the attendance was but there were a lot of very highly skilled Olympic style Tae Kwon Do practitioner’s. Olympic Tae Kwon Do is impressive to watch in person because you can see/feel the athleticism of the players. Lots of endurance, flexibility and speed was on display. One thing I noticed is that the level of professionalism of the judging and center referee’s was outstanding. Players wear socks,gloves and chest gear that electronically score the points. Each coach has a challenge card and every match is video taped so that the referee’s can go back and verify that a point or points was actually scored. High level gear, great athletes, referees and coaches make this a very cool martial sport. If you get a chance to check it out do so!
See You On The Mats!!!