Fighting with honour

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Derek Sandall, Co-Op Stundent

As a sport, a discipline method, and a way of life, Taekwon-Do has been a part of Korean culture for several years. After decades of commitment to the Korean martial art, Grand Master Phap Lu has been promoted to a ninth degree black belt, the highest ranking in the International Taekwon-Do Federation, a distinction he shares with only nine other people worldwide.

Grand Master Phap Lu

The promotion was given by the International Taekwon-Do Federation (of which he is the secretary general) and approved by the ITF congress in Korea. Grand Master Lu said he was honoured by this outstanding promotion.

“It is a great honour; it is a very high class label in Taekwon-Do.” said Lu. "There are only about nine other living people in the world that carry this title. I am the only one in Canada that holds this rank."

Grand Master Lu has been practicing Taekwon-Do since April 1968, 44 years next month. He has also been running his three establishments in Ottawa for 30 years, one of which is located in Orléans. His teaching, however, is not exclusive to Ottawa. Lu has taught and been involved with Taekwon-Do establishments in nearly every province in Canada; he has also conducted many seminars about the sport all over the world.  His most recent trip was to Iqaluit, Nunavut to help evaluate students, both youth and adults. After nearly 44 years of teaching and learning Taekwon-Do, Grand Master Lu still has a plan to keep going. "I plan to keep teaching for as long as I am alive."

Meditation, philosophy, betterment

Taekwon-Do is a martial art that was developed in Korea that combines combat techniques (mainly kicking and punching) with self defence and exercise. The word Tae means "to strike or break with foot", kwon meaning "to strike or break with fist" and do meaning "method or pathway". Taekwon-Do is often combined with meditation and philosophy, mostly used to build character and ultimately, better citizens of the world. Proven to be popular all over the world; it is the number one sport in Greenland.

Organizations: ITF, Co-Op Stundent

Geographic location: Korea, Canada, Ottawa Orléans Iqaluit Nunavut Greenland

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  • Betty Bannon
    March 29, 2012 - 09:29

    That is a fantastic honour............congratulations.