Imagine my surprise this morning when I was told a taekwondo participant from Cuba Angel Valodia Matos kicked a swedish referee Chakir Chelbat for disqualifying him in a bronze medal event. Matos' coach was also similarly banned apparently because he also shoved the referree before Matos lashed out with a roundhouse kick.
The internet and martial art blogging community is alive with outrage over the incident. But an interesting development comes from none other than Fidel Casto, who backs the ban on the Matos.
Another thought: The Olympic referee was a motionless target for the cuban. The roundhouse kick only drew some blood. How is it that a free kick did not result in greater injury or knockout to the referee???
Check out these animated pictures to see Matos kicking the ref in slow mo. Might I say that that particular roundhouse kick was RUBBISH.
This is a highly embarassing development in sport taekwondo - much worse than the loss during the B-boyz dance off I showcased with a string of other videos!
Taekwondo v Kickboxing
Muay thai v taekwondo
Wrestling v Taekwondo
Karate v WTF
Kung Fu v Taekwondo
Which do you think is worse??? The Olympic embarassment for Taekwondo or referee Isao Nakamura Fushiki, 7th dan, taking a cheap shot at a participant from the back for disobeying him? Check out the following video and corresponding posts on martial views.
More posts on Fushiki incident at Martial Views.
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