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A Devistating Blow. This Is An Essay That Is Written As A Biographical Slice Of My Life And The Experience I Had When I Broke Three Ribs During A Taekwondo Match.

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Tired and sweaty, I reached for my forearm pads to prepare myself for the sparring session of training camp. As I put on the final part of gear, the soft helmet, I stood up to join the others aligned under the Korean flag. This day however was not a normal day at training camp. This would be the day in which we have our final sparring session before the Jr. Olympics held in Minnesota. Even though it was not the last day of camp, Sabunim, our master instructor, decided that it would be smart not to take the chance of getting hurt right before we go on the trip. "Tom and Mark you're up. Cuyup... kuanye ... shijuct."These were the three words that I had heard often during the course of our training at the dojang. They meant attention, pay respects to your sparring partner, and begin. To me they meant only one thing, and that was to prepare for combat. My best friend and frequent sparring partner, Mark was my rival. He was the perfect equal to me being that he was the same height and had the same amount of skill. He was in every aspect, the yin to my yang. However, he was a little heavier than me by fifteen pounds, but I always felt a little quicker than he was. After the first two minute round was done, my instructor said to me, "It looks as though he wants to spin when you are about to attack, so check first then double." In translation, this meant that Mark was about to through either one of the two most powerful kicks in Taekwondo and my coach wanted me to draw it out then through two fast kicks. This may sound a lot easier then it does because of two underlying factors, one being his foot to my face and the other my ability to score before he can regain is balance. As scary as this situation may have seemed, our training had made us numb to fear. That with the combination of adrenalin pumping through our veins made us invincible. Once again the three Korean words told me to prepare myself for combat. I faced my opponent with much confidence being that I was armed with this new knowledge. When I stopped on the ground and flayed my arms, he through his kick and it worked! Smash. That was the sound of Mark's foot clashing into my chest and all the oxygen leaving my lungs. Apparently when I performed this wonderful trickery I was still in range of the deadly back kick. Holding my chest as I was still trying to catch my breath I felt a sharp pain that was inconsistent with what I normally felt when getting the wind knocked out of me. With the normal strut, I walked off the matt as proudly as I could, feeling the embarrassment of defeat. All I could think of was how Mark had not only beat me, but done the perfect counter for my attack and knock the wind out of me. The next day at practice while doing regular drills, the sharp pain occurred once again. This time it was unbearable and I had to sit out. It felt as though someone had stabbed me in my chest and chipped one of my ribs in the process. This was a reoccurring pain...

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