International Hapkido Federation 2010 HKD Games
Over twentycompetitors and sixty members including parents, brothers and sister of the Greenville, South Carolina Hap Ki Do school travelled to Battle Creek, MI. to represent the United States in the 8th Triennial World Hapkido Championships, 2010. Hap Ki Do, a sophisticated form of Korean martial arts, combines all elements of fighting such as punching, kicking, wrestling and sword. Marshall Gagne's Karate School on Garlington Road in Greenville, SC produced 20 medalists – who combined for a total of 67 medals. In addition, the U.S. team took first place in the average age 14 year old division. This year's world game was the first championship held outside of South Korea. Aside from the Koreans, other teams competing in the game hailed from Germany, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Canada. "It was a big deal to beat Korea," said Grandmaster Marshall Gagne. "They're the best. I don't know if they had ever lost in a world championship before."
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