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Taekwondo competition focuses on creating leaders

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DUQUOIN -- People took advantage of Saturday morning's nice weather to practice their taekwondo.

Competitors of Longshore's Taekwondo Academy turned out to the fairgrounds to practice the Korean martial art.

Teachers of the martial art said it's not about the fighting or the form, but instead, it's about the discipline and character-building that comes with it.

"As you're working with the students from young to old, you're trying to build that integrity system within them," said Master Corky Lonshore, owner and head of Longshore's Taekwondo Academy in DuQuoin and Carbondale. "For me it's not just their life in taekwondo as a physical aspect, but when they're outside of the dojo or outside of the school, it's that character building as well."

Students from both the DuQuoin and Carbondale locations came together for the outdoors competition.

Students young and old said it is a great way to exercise and remain active.

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