Taekwondo / 태권도/ 跆拳道
So last night an admittedly small group (everyone who skipped out on this one: we definitely had a better time than you did last night!) of Zhuhai interns did a taekwondo class. For those of you who are unfamiliar with TKD, it is a martial art from Korea and is the national sport (and obsession) in South Korea. While it does seem a bit strange to have taken a class here in Zhuhai, my host family informs me that TKD is extremely popular in China, especially here in Zhuhai, with multiple academies established here.
The class was intense; we were all sweating like pigs within the first 15 minutes of warm-ups in the SE China heat. We had one teacher who was originally from Guangzhou, about 1.5-2 hours north of Zhuhai, and his student – both of them were impressive in their physical capabilities as well as their patience with dealing with a group of 外国人 (foreigners) whose Chinese is far from fluency.
Hopefully we’ll get a chance to do it a few more times before summer’s end!