There aren't many things in martial arts that draw the united condemnation of the entire community from tai chi practitioners to MMA fighters. But a video clip showing an Egyptian martial arts instructor battering small children in "sparring" sessions that recently went viral after being posted on the Instagram account McDojoLife has brought down the full ire of martial artists around the world.
September 4 marks International Taekwondo Day, the annual celebration of the date taekwondo became an official Olympic sport in 1994. The day was first designated in 2006 by World Taekwondo (then the World Taekwondo Federation) the governing body of Olympic style taekwondo.
Cleveland.com is reporting that former national taekwondo champion Philip Ripepi filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland against the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for negligence over a training injury that he says ended his career.
Ripepi claimed the Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo failed to prevent or respond to a traumatic head injury he suffered during a 2018 training camp in England. The suit alleges that Ripepi was injured when a larger training partner kicked him in the back of the head during a non-contact drill and no one came to help him as he lay on the ground for several minutes. He was then pressured to continue working out later in the day.
Queens, NY martial arts instructor Hector Quinchi was sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl who took lessons from him at Hugo's Tae Kwon Do Studio last year. Quinchi plead guilty in July to charges of rape and child endangerment after admitting to having repeated sexual contact with the girl.
Quinchi turned himself in to police last October after learning the girl had told her parents of the abuse. In addition to his prison sentence, he'll be subject to 10 years of post-release supervision and must register as a sex offender.
It's being reported that Dennis Cañete, president of the Cacoy Cañete Doce Pares World Eskrima Federation, passed away in the Philippines from multiple organ failure on August 21 at the age of 68.
The Cañete family are renowned as the creators of doce pares, perhaps the world's most widespread Filipino martial art. Dennis Cañete was the son of the late Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete, a well known eskrima master who'd been the last living member of the famed group of brothers that founded the style.