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3 Martial Arts Legends Sound Off on Judo, Taekwondo and Karate!

The 2020 Olympiad, held in 2021 because of COVID-19, marked the debut of the third martial art in the Games. (We know — boxing, wrestling, shooting, fencing and so on are also martial arts, but we’re limiting this discussion to sports derived from Asian arts of self-defense.) If you’re a fan of the Olympics, you probably watched the judo, taekwondo and karate competition already. For that reason, we’re not going to cover it here. Instead, we’re serving up commentary from three experts who have strong opinions on what took place in Tokyo.— Editors

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Left to right: Doug Cook, Richard Conceicao, Raul Acevedo and Brad Shipp
Photo Courtesy of Doug Cook

Left to right: Doug Cook, Richard Conceicao, Raul Acevedo and Brad Shipp at the tribute.

Grandmaster Richard Chun Honored

More than 40 students from six martial arts schools in the tri-state area recently assembled for the 2021 Grandmaster Richard Chun Tribute Seminar, held at Chosun Taekwondo Academy in Warwick, New York. They paid their respects to a true icon of the Korean martial arts on the fourth anniversary of his passing.

Taekwondo pioneer Richard Chun, a ninth-degree black belt and one of the highest-ranked master instructors in the United States, passed away on November 15, 2017. He was best-known for his landmark textbooks Tae Kwon Do: The Korean Martial Art and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do, which serve as a blueprint for traditional taekwondo schools worldwide.

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World Taekwondo AGT
The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team's quest to earn this season's title on NBC's America's Got Talent show came to an end when the results of the finals were announced Wednesday night with magician Dustin Tavella winning the competition. Though they failed to crack the top five, the demo team's performance in Tuesday night's final round did seem to be an improvement over their semifinal appearance, which had seen them miss with several difficult aerial board breaks.
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World Taekwondo Demo Team Barely Advances on AGT
The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team made it through to the finals of the America's Got Talent TV show Wednesday night but just by the skin of their teeth. After losing out in the fan voting they had to be chosen by the judges as the last act to advance from Tuesday night's semifinal competition on NBC.
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