Has John Baird become a martial arts master overnight?
No, the taekwondo black belt Foreign Affairs Minister Baird received on Saturday was of the honorary variety, part of a reception for the visit of his South Korean counterpart Kim Sung-hwan.
In order to earn his belt, Baird had to break a wooden board with his bare hand. Ottawa taekwondo instructor Tae E. Lee was on hand to watch.
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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird breaks a piece of wood with his hand to earn an honorary taekwondo black belt.
Grand Master Tae Eun Lee, a leading member of Canada’s Korean community who lives and teaches in Ottawa, presented the certificate to Baird, along with a uniform, black belt and taekwondo tie.
The black belt was awarded at a reception marking an official visit by Baird’s South Korean counterpart, H.E. Kim Sung-hwan.
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