Dan:
We’re here to film
the Kukkiwon Taekwondo
Demonstration Team.
The amount of height
they can get, it is nuts.It’s like he’s going up
two flights of stairs
in two steps.
Dan:
You see the powder
from the wood.
It’s a double spin. Oh! Gav:Just walking
through the air.
That is madness.
– Dan:What?Oh, man. Well, I feel
incredibly inadequate. – I know, right?
– I can’t do any of that. Just huge impressive
jumps everywhere. Some of those jumps,
sort of springing off
each other, I think went higher than
I’ve ever been on a ladder. Bloody impressive.
Even some of the intros and sort of
interstitial moments were
really impressive to watch. Yeah, their, like,
show introduction piece. ( shouting ) I thought it
was so good watching it that we actually filmed it
in slo-mo as well. They’re so incredibly in sync
the entire time. Yeah, to find out more
about taekwondo and the history
of the Kukkiwon team, we had a few questions
for their head coach. We’re here with Master Park, who is the head coach
of the Kukkiwon team. – Nice to meet you.
– Nice to meet you. Thanks very much.
So, um, do people ever get hit in
the face accidentally when they’re
holding the boards? ( speaking Korean ) A lot. ( speaking Korean ) Kim:As you saw,
kicks are really strong.
So sometimes if a kicker
hits a holder’s hand,
sometimes the holder’s
hand is broken.
Or because when
the board is broken,
there’s all this debris,
like, everywhere–
so sometimes it can cause
deep cuts on your skin. I’m glad I wasn’t
holding one of those, because I was thinking
I could probably try that. But then I saw
the first demonstration. – I was like, “Nope!”
– ( shouting ) – Whoa.
– ( shouting ) Approximately
how long does it take to get good enough
to be on this team? ( speaking Korean ) Kim:Most of the members
start their training
when they are
in elementary school.
It requires about seven
to eight years
of training
to join the team.
And we select who will be
the demonstrators – through an annual audition.
– Seven to eight years just to– And that’s just
to be good enough
to get on the team. And then
you have to audition – to be able to
perform on the team.
– Blimey. So how long does it take
to become a black belt? ( speaking Korean ) Kim: So to get
a black belt initially,it requires about one
to two years of training.
But to join the team,
you need to train
for at least 15 years,
because after 15 years
you can get
the fifth-rank black belt.
So you need
the fifth-rank black belt
to even be on the team? – Yes.
– 15 years. Seriously?
So, you can get a black belt, which I always
thought was like,
“Oh, he’s a black belt,” in, like, two years,
like it’s nothing. Then 15 years later,
you might get a shot
at being on the team. “I just got my black belt.”
Child’s play. Yeah, good luck, pal. Wow. Does it hurt
to kick the boards? – ( speaking Korean )
– Yes.During your training,
you get to have a thicker skin,
so it gets less painful
over time.
It’s still painful, but again,
through your training,
you know how to absorb the heat
and endure the pain.
So how many hours per week
do you train? ( speaking Korean ) Kim:
So, our Kukkiwon team
usually trains
about 10 hours a day–
six hours
of physical training
and four hours
of creating new moves.
You mentioned before
about how people start
in elementary school. Could I have started
in elementary school
and be this good? Or does it require
certain physical aspects
and mental strengths? ( speaking Korean ) Kim:Starting early
is not enough.
At some point you have to get
professional training.
But at the same time,
you need mental skills
such as endurance, patience,
and challenging yourself.
So if you are patient enough,I guess you could be
as good as our demonstrators. – No discipline.
– No chance. So, what makes
the Kukkiwon team
so special? ( speaking Korean ) Kim:What makes it special
is two reasons.
First is we are
the first demonstration team
that was established,
and we’ve set up this system.There are many demonstration
teams in Korea,
but the way that the team
is recognized
or what kind of moves should be
included in our performance,
all this are things
that we first started.
Then the other reason
that we’re so special
is that we are
a government-funded agency.We travel to
20 countries across
the world every year
to perform and to promote
taekwondo and Korea.
Dan:Wow. That’s a full-on
professional OG team.
Yeah, and for the good
of the industry as well. – Yeah, exactly.
– Love it. Thanks very much,
Master Park, for shattering
my dreams of becoming
a taekwondo performer. It’s just not going to
happen for you. Not going to happen, is it? Well, that was good.
Back to you, Gav and Dan. Thanks, us.
That was very interesting. It’s very interesting
doing an interview
with a translator, – and how quickly
she could relay information.
– It’s very impressive. I was very impressed
by that alone. He said how hard it was
and how much time it takes. – Yeah.
– I wanted to give it a go. But, really,
I just wanted to do
a training montage. I could tell.
You didn’t actually want to accomplish anything
long term. Don’t want to learn
any skills. – Just wanted the montage.
– Just wanted the montage. Dan, do you want
to show me your montage? – Yes, I do.
– Okay, go on then.( synth music playing )( panting ) ( shouts ) ( muttering ) ( shouts ) Oh, wait. I told them
not to put that in! ( shouts )( ding )Don’t cringe.( cheers and applause )Wow. Good montage, Dan. – Learned some skills.
– Very inspiring. Why don’t we put
those skills to use? I’ve got some boards
that we can break. – Okay.
– Yeah. Already done this,
so, no worries. You’re a professional at this,
so I’ll give it a go. Why don’t you hold out
this board, and I’ll punch through it. – Okay.
– Yeah. You sure?
You got to give it
a bit of power. Yeah, just
a little bit of power? – Yeah, yeah.
– Just like– – Yeah, that’s good.
– Yeah. Obviously,
it’s quite easy to… Simple.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. …to break. I’ll just take
that off of you. – All right, your turn.
– Okay. All right. – Yep.
– You ready? – Whenever you’re ready.
– Okay. – Aah!
– Ooh. Didn’t quite
get through there. Give me that board.
That’s never going to break. Well, what happened was
I bought a plank,
but there was only one. So I had to get a different
kind of plank for yours. – And– a little bit harder.
– This one’s solid.( music playing )Ooh, nasty punch, that one,
wasn’t it? Idiot. Thanks for that, yeah. So, I thought
it would be good next to test to see
if you could take a kick. So I challenged you
to find a taekwondo expert
who could kick you. I did find an expert.
A local expert. – Yeah.
– Um, Danica? Lovely to meet you.
This is our taekwondo expert. Yeah, nice to meet you,
Danica. How long have you
been doing taekwondo? – Um, three years.
– Three years. Ah, cool. – How old are you?
– Seven. Seven. That’s almost
half your life. How hard do you think
you can kick Dan? – Um, pretty hard.
– Pretty hard. Pretty hard?
Look, you’re not
supposed to kick me hard. I haven’t seen her
in action yet,
but I’ve heard– I’ve heard
she can kick hard. ( laughing )
Wha– oh, man. So, why don’t we put on
some padding? I’ve got this
PSI-measuring pad to be able to test
how hard you can kick me. – Put you on.
– I notice you’ve got
a red belt on. What does that mean? It means
I’ve been in nine belts, and I’m two belts away
from being a black belt. – Gav: At age seven.
– That’s ridiculous. I bet now
you’re pretty scared. – Can you tie me up?
– Yes. If I come down here,
you can help me. You’re two belts away
from being a black belt and you’re only
seven years old. That’s quite intimidating. – I bet now you’re scared.
– I am now. I bet now you regret
your decision. A little bit.
Must be pretty good. How does this belt
and shoe system work? The magnets
connect to the screen where the kicks
count them. So we can see
how hard you kick him. – All right.
– Okay. Where do you need
Dan to stand for this? If I stand here,
you stand just there. Do you reckon
you can hit me here? – Yeah.
– So confident. I’m going to hop
on the Phantom. Danica looks pretty excited
to kick you. Are you looking forward
to booting me in the side? Yeah. Most people
would be, I think. Gav: All right,
I’m on the trigger. I’m going to stand here,
and whenever you’re ready, – give me a good whack.
– Okay. Okay. ( shouts ) I forgot to breathe out.
Almost winded me. Jeez. That’s 22 PSI. Gav:
That’s quite a boot.
Did you feel it? Yeah, I did, actually. Remind me to never
get in a fight with a seven-year-old. This is what you look like
in slow motion. Dan:
You’re eyeing up your target,
which is the side
of my chest.
Look at that form there,
swinging the arm around.
Gav:
I like the concentration
on the face.
Dan:
It’s a good concentration
face you got there.
You hit me pretty hard there.
That wasn’t messing around.
That was good. Look.
– Gav:It’s a good action shot.– Dan:
It is a good action shot.

– Danica:Yeah.Gav:What were you
thinking there, Dan?
I was like, “Oh!” ( imitates explosion ) See, I could just do this
over and over again. You only had
to kick him once, but I can have you
kick him all day. Well, I think
throughout this series, that was some of the most
impressive human feats that I’ve ever filmed
in slow motion. – You’re talking
about my montage.
– No. I’m talking
about the Kukkiwon team.
You know, the people– The blokes jumping sort of
20-foot in the air… – Exactly right.
– …kicking boards with
their feet and hands, and– yeah. Okay. Yeah. Your montage was pretty good,
to be honest. – Thank you.
– I was impressed. Although you did
kind of pad it out a lot with random
scenic shots of Seoul. Let’s not.
All right, I was tired. I was actually quite
impressed by your…
( imitates swooshing ) I didn’t expect
to be able to do that. You actually looked
quite surprised. Yeah, I was like, “Oh!” Hopefully,
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100 thoughts on “Kicked by a Taekwondo Expert”

  1. Listen to the sound at 7:41, it looks like the bone is cracking.
    Also, that little girl is amazing, I mean, seven years old and two belts away from being a black belt! Kudos to her

  2. i saw it in previous movie 🙂 boards break TOO easily and always in "natural wood lines"(i don't know what is proper name of it) and i think is special soft wood :D. So weird Dan hit board without thinking about it 😀 7:40

  3. Dan ur friend fked u over by holding the board the wrong way. It should always be held parallel to lines lol then it's easy.

  4. Your montage was actually pretty good (probably didn't need a 1,000,000th opinion, though). I did not expect you to be able to do a kip-up; it really just depends if your someone who it easily comes to.

  5. I'm sorry but she was not a translator, she was an interpreter. I just had to correct that even though it's a small thing 😅

  6. So despite what you see here, the average TKD artist is not able to do flips and spins in the air. These athletes do special training to do this, and you yourself can try TKD yourself. If you live in America you can try out ATA (American Taekwondo Association), don’t know about other countries. You don’t have to start out in elementary school, or be tall and skinny, there are plenty of people who don’t even come close to that body type who still beat me up in sparring. In my mind TKD is the easiest martial art to get into, and you can finish it in less then 2 years. But a lot of things really open up after receiving your black belt. World championships, special events, etc. so there are lots of incentives for you to stick around. If anyone wants me to go over what you actually do in TKD to rank up, the different belts, and the degrees of black belt. I will happily do so.

  7. Dan already looks awkward just by running. Wtf.
    The kid was awesome though. I hope she doesn't stop at 1 Dan though. I have a friend who got his black belt (1dan) when he was 11. He didn't feel as proud as he expected since the difference between 1 Dan and 2 Dan is not so little just likes the difference between a yellow belt and a red belt.
    Anyway. I hope she continues as long as she still have time. She's already a red belt at such a young age.

  8. A friend of mine from elementary school was the youngest black belt on the US East Coast at the time. Kid was like 5 when he got it.

  9. Hey Dan piece of advice as a Tae Kwon Do black belt candidate do not pull your punch when you attack that board i noticed that you hesitated and did not put all your strength into the blow, that will reduce your power by half and increase the pain and actual injury when punching our striking a target make sure you try to punch THROUGH it and not stop at the object.

  10. I'm Korean and I appreciate you guys about promoting Taekwondo and being suffered almost every time.

  11. It’s not fair. In France you must be 16 to have a black belt so I waited 2 years to get one …. when this little girl can have the black belt at 7… bruh

  12. Our trainer was 3-4'th dan blackbelter (as I remember it), he was really knowledgeable but slow but then again I was 13-14 and he was 30-35. But I remember it pained me when i competitions he had all the technics but always too slow…

  13. Доску повернуть надо на 90°, тогда есть шанс ее разбить (чтобы волокна были перпендикулярны горизонту).

  14. Dan: says he found a taekwondo expert.

    Me: expects an 5th degree black belt adult taekwondo expert…

    *red belt kid enters the scene*

    Me: disappointed

    She's cute anyways

  15. I was wondering how would you get a slow mo of your ribs breaking and internal bleeding if you’re getting kicked by a TaeKwonDo expert.

  16. Ive seen a live demo from these guys last year in North Carolina, USA. They had just won the national championship in Korea and they were on tour doing shows. I saw them at a Taekwondo tournament that I was participating in (1st Dan black belt)(in 13)

  17. I watched one of their performances in person and got half of one of their boards that flew half way across the friking room

  18. I m really intrigued about how they train to learn backflips and all….never saw tht in any taekwondo class …are they like accredited ITF/WTF players or some offshoot of tkd where they only do stunts….also….can i learn backflips on my own as an adult of 30?

  19. Dan u can start as an adult but not how they do it I do it a little different than them since I'm in the states and they come from Korea

  20. After giving my two sense on the last video, and watching the ‘plank’ punches, the technique was not only wrong for the holder but also the punching. (The board sizes were typical of an American martial arts schools for demonstration and tournaments.)

  21. Click bait , really TKD expert and you picked child lol…Let me do a roundhouse into your ribs with pads on I guarantee I'll crack atleast one.

  22. 9:54 who else just hoped that she manages to kick at that required height so that nothing goes wrong…😂😂😂

  23. 7:31 ohmg that was a dirty move…… he put the grain of the wood facing the wrong side on purpose…and the fact he bought a solid board

  24. When you hold the board, you hold it so the breaker is breaking with the grain, like Dan held it, not how Gav held it. Not impossible to break that way, but significantly harder.

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