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Grand Rapids Hosts Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Tournament

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This weekend Grand Rapids played host to the Tae Park Institute's 2009 World Class Championship Tournament. Over 500 competitors both local and abroad gathered at the Ford Field House on GRCC's campus Friday and Saturday.

Friday evening, the 23rd was black belt testing, including points such as form, sparring and board breaking. On Saturday the 24th the day included team and individual testing, ceremonies including Korean and American indian music and dance, music and finished with a dinner celebration.

Contestants of all ages were testing to increase their rank denoted by belt color, learn from each other and enjoy a community. There was both form testing and full contact fighting in several rings throughout the Field House.

All proceeds from the tournament go to World Class Tae Kwon Do Inc., a non-profit working toward the advancement of Tae Kwon Do and offering scholarships and grants to students participating in tournaments, events and activities. For more information visit

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