Taekwondo Students Prepare to Smash Boards for Local Children's Hospital

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Little kids, doing big things with what they have. Having pushed past $100,000 in money raised for their local children's hospital, students from Master Lee’s Talium Taekwondo again prepare for a smashing board break-a-thon event.

Some students are as young as five years old. It's great that they can find a way to be part of something big, to make a difference in the community.

Students from Master Lee’s Talium Taekwondo enter their fifth year of fundraising for The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). The event, dubbed Healthkick by organizing body American Taekwondo United (ATU), is now a global initiative for the first time since it’s inception, thanks in part to Talium owner and Grand Master, Seung Hyung Lee himself--the president of American Taekwondo United.

On Saturday September 24th, 2011 at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, dozens of Master Lee’s students will break boards in a highly energetic fashion before a very enthusiastic crowd of friends, family and local business sponsors. The students look forward to this event each year, practicing for months on their favorite breaks and their competition demeanor--focus and confidence.

But perhaps the most exciting part of the event is seeing their masters demonstrate. In years past the Talium masters, ranking as high as 6th dan black belts, have demonstrated just why they are the masters. From kicking apples off swords 10 feet in the air, to slicing a hand through 10 inches of boards, it is a spectacular event and one that gives the young students a taste of possibility.

Having raised over $100,000 for CHOC over the last several years, Master Lee’s Talium students again look forward to working with local sponsors and businesses to make this board break-a-thon event a success. With a little less than two months remaining to secure those donations and business support, not to mention brush up on some serious taekwondo breaking skills, these taekwondo students are working overtime, but having a smashing good time in the process!

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