Halifax taekwondo grandmaster suspended over caning

Halifax taekwondo grandmaster suspended over caning
From CBC - March 13, 2018

A Halifaxtaekwondograndmaster has had his coaching credentials at local and national taekwondo events suspended after he struck a 17-year-old student with a bamboo cane in early January.

Woo Yong Jung,head instructor and owner ofWoo Yong's Taekwondo Academy on KemptRoad,caned the student in front of numerous members of the club, but neither the student nor the student's parents complained. The MaritimeTaekwondoUnion (MTU) issued Jung's suspension.

"Master Junghas done a tremendous amount to advancethe study of taekwondo in Canada. He is the only grandmaster in Atlantic Canada and has been teaching for 30 years. This isolated incident is, unfortunately, being blown way out of proportion," Jung's lawyer, Jason Gavras, told CBCNews in an email.

2 investigations

The unionsaid in a news release issued Monday the caningincident, as well as a second alleged incidentare being investigated.

The initial incident was reported Jan. 15.The second incident is in relation to Jung's subsequent behaviour at the National Taekwondo Championships held in Ottawa the weekend of Feb. 15-18.

"It is not part of whattaekwondohas as part of its principles, its tenets,"said union president Douglas Large. "We do not, as masters and instructors, use corporal punishment."

Theresults of the investigations will be handed over toan independent discipline panel for review and possible additional sanctions, the union said in a news release. Sanctions range from dismissal of the complaint to permanent expulsion from the union.

No police charges

GavrassaidJung, the student who was disciplined and his family are "quite surprised that this matter has become a story."

"They consider it largely a non-event and closed long ago," Gavras said. "This entire matter is the result of a very botched process conducted by asmall, informal group of people within the MTU and one anonymous complainant."

Halifax Regional Police investigated the incident, but did not lay any charges.

Parentalsupport for Jung


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