TKD

TKD

Cole Sagon, Contributor

     In 1940, Taekwondo was developed as a combination of the Korean martial art Taek Kyon and the Japanese discipline karate. Since then, Taekwondo has grown to be an extensively popular form of martial arts and even has its place in the Olympics. There are a few from Whitewater that practice Taekwondo, but none stand out more than Jacob Booth. Jacob Booth is currently a senior at whitewater high school and has practiced Taekwondo for almost 5 years. He has worked his way up to a black belt 1st Dan level 3 and has helped instruct in his classes to help teach lower ranks. When asked what his favorite Taekwondo activity was, he replied, “I loved all of it truthfully, but I was more adept at Poomsae (forms) and the demo team stuff like tricking and doing flashy kicks.” Taekwondo demo teams go off to competitions around the country and demonstrate planned forms, kicks, and other eye-catching tricks, competing for first place against other demo teams. This was a passion of Jacobs, and his favorite trick to perform he explains was, “Bali, easily. I’m pretty sure trickers call it 540 or cheat 540 but it’s called Bali in Korean. I could throw one all the way over my head.” What made Jacob stand out was not just that he takes Taekwondo, yet he was an international gold medalist! This is no easy goal to achieve when taking into consideration all of the competition. Jacob Booth has recently retired from Taekwondo to spend some time pursuing some of his other passions, however, his record still holds and his skills are far from faded. This is what makes a good martial artist.