Martial arts tournament in Marshall fierce, yet friendly
They came in all sizes and ages, each wearing a white dobok.
As the tae kwon do competitors assembled in the Marshall Middle School gymnasium, their belts added bright slashes of color to the ceremonial white uniforms and indicated the extent of their experience in the Korean martial art.
The fourth annual ZANG Invitational Martial Arts Tournament drew competitors from New York City, Canada, and as far away as Hawaii.
Master Robert Zang, 38, a student of the sport for 34 years, will help celebrate the 60th anniversary of tae kwon do next year. He does his part to keep the sport among popular forms of self-defense.
At the competition, anyone who wants to try his skill can spar.
“It’s all about growth and personal respect,” said Zang, a 7th-degree black belt. “I am into teaching good values and personal growth.”
The sport combines more than 2,000 years of mixed-Asian martial art skills and emphasizes the mind, body and moral character.
Those characteristics were on display in fierce, yet friendly, matches for a grand-champion trophy.
Phil Pavely is a Trib Total Media photographer. Reach him at [email protected].