(7-14-98) News from the
Junior Olympics The TKD Junior Olympics were held last week in Orlando, FL. From
the Dallas studio; Lesia won a gold medal and Jimmy got a bronze. From the
Plano studio; Mark got a silver and Hunter and Alicia both won bronze.
Below are photos of Lesia along with Beth and Alex in the hotel room
following her victory. (Click on the thumbnails to see the
Before we get on to the belt tests, here are recent photos
taken at private lessons.
For you camera buffs, the above four pictures above were
taken with a Nikon F3 using a 35-135mm zoom lens and Kodak 400 Gold
film. The following five pictures were taken the same day using the
same film but a Nikkormat ftn using a Nikkor 35-105 zoom lens. Note how
much nicer the color appears in the first photos. (In case you are
wondering, you should not look at the photographer as you are hitting the
bag with a jump side kick, as Alex demonstrates.)
Wait, not so fast. This next one is now my favorite
TKD photo. Here is my daughter Lesia breaking a board with my son
Alex assisting Master H.P. Ahn with the hold.
OK. Now you can hit the links below to see photos Alex and
I took at various belt tests.
After a long absence, I have returned to a black belt test to take photos.
Showed up in somewhat of a haste and did not have time to get new
batteries for my two flashes. (Lesia and I took photos.) As a result,
these photos are pretty dismal. I am almost embarrassed by the poor
I did not take photos at this belt test, but Alex and Lesia did.
This was Lesia's first attempt at photography. I recently bought a
second F3 so that both Alex and I could use the same equipment. I
forgot that Lesia may also like to take photos. So now I am in
the market for yet another camera. Maybe this time I could splurge
and buy the new F5. (It is the Chrismas season, right?) Anyway, Alex took
prints using a 35-105 mm zoom lens. Lesia, and Becca, too, were using a
fixed length 50 mm lens with slide film. The problem with slides, or
transparencies to the pros, is they take approximately two weeks to have
developed. Alex's shots appear on the link page. Stay
tuned for Lesia's and Becca's results. (It's no joke. I actually
showed up at a belt test with two cameras and several rolls of slide and
print film and did not take a single shot.)
I have gotten pretty tired of Alex taking better shots than me. See
for yourself and send me an email with your opinion.
Lesia and Beth tested for their first degree red belts today. Big
news for me was that Alex was not around to help me since he had a
baseball game. Since Lesia and Beth both tested, I splurged and took the
film to Wolf's Camera for 1 hour developing instead of Sam's, hence the
appearance of this webpage on the same day as the test.
30, 1998 fixed
Big belt test today with about 27 people testing. However, it took
less than 2 hours with very few misses on the breaks. (Credit those
new break-away boards.)
1998 Black Belt Test
Seven candidates at the test today including at least two advancing to
higher black belt levels. Alex took a roll of film and I got two. The fun
thing about black belt tests is the much higher % of breaks per attempt.
My regular flash is off at Nikon USA being repaired. I used an older
back-up version that takes much longer to refresh, so I hope the flash was
bright enough for most of the kicks.. (Excuses, excuses.) Photos will be
back Wednesday. I will try to have them on this page by Friday. (I also
had a soccer game on Saturday.)
Or send me an e-mail (especially if you are one of the TKD
parents visiting this page.) Click this link to send me a message: Paparazzi
(Actually, I prefer to be known as a "photo-journalist.") (Yea,
right. "Hack" is more appropriate.)
One of the rules for having your picture appear on Doug's
Tae Kwon Do Page is that your shirt needs to be tucked in, as Chad