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Teen Black-Belt Facing Charges for Contest Attack

This is why compassion, kindness, and anger management are such important and oft discussed topics at our karate school.


San Jose police say a 16-year-old Florida boy is facing charges for assaulting an opponent after losing a martial arts tournament.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Miami Lakes black belt was booked on a felony assault charge after he bowed to his opponent, shook his hand and then kicked him in the face.

The injured teen, who is also 16, had some of his teeth knocked out and underwent surgery at a local hospital. He is recovering at home.

The newspaper says after being booked the Florida boy was cited and released to his parents. The names of the boys have not been released.

The incident, which took place last weekend, was initially believed to be a fight before two opponents before a taekwondo match.

National taekwondo organizers saying they are considering serious sanctions, including banning the suspect from the sport for life.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/09/3758539/teen-black-belt-facing-cha...

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Comment by Chrissy Scott on July 11, 2011 at 7:24am
That young guy has been taught to punch and kick, but he is not a martial artist.
Comment by Lisa Clark on July 10, 2011 at 10:20am
Knowing the possibility of an event like this is incredibly easier than the reality of it happening. It reminds MW to be thankful for the integrity of our dojo and curriculum.

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