Just For Kicks — Visit the Capitol Classics/China Open at National Harbor

Before Ninja Turtles and Jackie Chan dazzled audiences with fancy footwork and artful agility, there was Bruce Lee in action movies and Kung Fu on the tube.

But even before those action heroes, there was Jhoon Rhee.  Mention Jhoon Rhee to anyone who grew up in the Washington DC area in the 60’s and they’ll immediately respond  “Nobody bothers me!”  Jhoon Rhee, the Korean immigrant who taught Tao Kwon Do to congressmen in the Rayburn gym, brought the concept of self defense through martial arts to the nation’s capital in the late 50’s.  His popular radio and television spots made him a local icon long before karate and other disciplines were regarded as sports.

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