Going for the Gold: NBC5’s Renee Wunderlich tries Taekwondo


RENEE: TAEKWONDO IS ONE OF THE OLYMPICS’ NEWER EVENTS FIRST FEATURED IN THE 1988 SUMMER GAMES IN SOEL, SOUTH KOREA AS A DEMONSTRATION SPORT.>>IT WILL DEPEND ON WHO YOU ASK. RENEE: THE EXACT ORIGINS ARE A LITTLE MURKY, BUT THE SELF-DEFENSE TECHNIQUE STARTED IN KOREA THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. IT REALLY BECAME THE SPORT WE NOW RECOGNIZE IN THE LATE 1940’S AFTER THE COUNTRY GAINED IT’S INDEPENDENCE FROM JAPAN. AND TODAY, IT’S A POPULAR WORKOUT AND KIDS CLASS. BUT WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE IN THIS YEAR’S GAMES?>>YOU WILL SEE A LOT MORE STREAMING TECHNIQUES BECAUSE THESE ARE MORE VALUABLE. RENEE: MASTER GORDON WHITE TEACHES TAEKWONDO IN SOUTH BURLINGTON. HE WAS PART OF THE U.S. NATIONAL’S TEAM IN THE 1990’S AND COMPETED INTERNATIONALLY. AND NOW, HE’S GIVING ME A CRASH COURSE IN OLYMPIC-STYLE TAEKWONDO. BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I HAVE GOT TO CHANGE. MUCH BETTER. LET’S GO.>>MASTER WHITE TEACHES ME HOW TO BOW.>>AND IT’S TIME FOR WARM-UPS.>>SO I THINK I’VE GOT THE HANG OF IT BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SCORE, LET ALONE WIN.>>THE SPORT USED TO BE SET UP FOR ALL OF THE VARIOUS TARGET AREAS AT ONE POINT. RENEE: BUT NOW, HE SAYS THERE ARE NEW RULES MADE TO ENCOURAGE ATHLETES TO KICK MORE AND KEEP VIEWERS IN ENGAGED IN THE MATC>>THEY USE AN ELECTRONIC SCORING SYSTEM. RENEE: AND IT REGISTERS AS A HARD ENOUGH HIT, IT REGISTERS AS A POINT ON THE SCREEN. OUR GEAR DOESN’T HAVE ANY SENSORS, BUT I THINK I’M SCORING. I’M NOWHERE NEAR READY FOR RIO, BUT I DID LEARN A LOT ABOUT TAE

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