Taekwondo brothers win in South Korea-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A PROMISE of a new car motivated two brothers to win the 7th World Taekwondo Culture Expo Championship in South Korea last month.
“It was a bet I made with them. If they won the event, I would buy a car for them,” said Dr. Jefferson Callino, the father of world champion brothers Jefferson Louie and James Louie, who won the World Taekwondo Culture Expo Championship in Muju, Jeollabukdo last July 12-17 in South Korea, which attracted jins from 31 countries.
The brothers won the golds in Kyorugi (sparring) and bronze in poomsae(form).
Jefferson, 17, a criminology student of the University of Cebu started training in the sport when he was just 12.
At first, he said, he did not give taekwondo much attention because of his first love, which is basketball.
He said he was actually scared of being hit but was encouraged by his peers to get serious.
His brother, James Louie, who is a third year high school student, joined taekwondo at the age of 8. Unlike his brother, he fell in love with the sport right away.
Their father introduced them to taekwondo.
The older Canillo said in which they were supposed to join another martial art, the “Como Jokai Aikijutsu.” However, Dr. Canillo thinks it is too dangerous so he chose taekwondo instead.
They were picked to join the team by Tony Del Prado, the regional chairman of of the Philippine Taekwondo Association.
To win in the world stage did not come easy for the brothers because with it comes a lot of training and sacrificing.
One of the things they had to master apart from the art is the balancing act as they balance their time for school and their training.
The two brothers together with the Philippine Taekwondo Team representatives spent a week in South Korea were they underwent several training for the competition. They also had a chance to learn more about the culture of the country.
The brothers were happy for their unexpected journey to South Korea which ended in a victory.
With the success, the two brothers are waiting for upcoming events while they resume their training. (SWU Masscomm interns, Monsiour Recebedo and Lara Bersabal)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.