Grandmothers Taking Martial Arts

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Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 29 at 4:27 PM

For some pensioners in South Korea retirement does not mean sitting back and taking it easy, with a group of grandmothers taking up martial arts, Sky News reported on Thursday. In a gym near the capital Seoul, women aged between 58 and 80 gather for a daily two-hour work out of taekwondo. One of them, 77-year old Chi Bong-yon, took up taekwondo 10 years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer. She beat the disease and has been beating her way through piles of wooden planks ever since. Chi said she is a match for anyone. "I do this, and if I was really angry, I'd go like that and like that." Families of the taekwondo grandmothers are getting used to the idea of having a deadly weapon wandering around the house. "At first my family wasn't pleased, they thought I was too old for this. But now they are really happy to see me in better health," said Cho Geum-joon. The taekwondo team of grandmothers performs at festivals and ceremonies across southeast Asia, the Sky report said. Instructor Yoon said the training has given the women a sense of confidence and courage. "Taekwondo gives the grandmothers a feeling of confidence, courage and power. This is remarkable for women their age." -CBS

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