The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 5, 2013

Medina man defies age with Tae Kwon Do

Medina Journal-Register — A few years ago Carl “Cal” Tuohey and his son looked for something they could do together. A friend suggested Tae Kwon Do.

This past Saturday, Tuohey sat in The Book Shoppe in downtown Medina signing copies of his book, Gray Hair, Black Belt.

One could say he and his son chose wisely.

“My friend’s a teacher at the school,” Tuohey said, referring to Kwandrans Tae Kwon Do in Medina. “He said it would be good for both of us, would teach us discipline and keep us active.”

Tuohey and his son, Jack, started going, and for a while they went together. However, only the older of the two stuck with it for a significant length of time as the younger part of the duo joined Boy Scouts instead.

But the payoff for Tuohey, after four years of training one hour twice a week, was evident on his waste Saturday: a Black Belt.

Getting there, he said, was the genesis of the book.

“I would send out emails to the school’s owner (Bob Kwandrans) and a few others describing what a great job I was doing, and it was a bit overblown,” Tuohey said. “Eventually, Bob asked me to do something for the school newsletter.”

The bulk of the book, Tuohey explained, came from those newsletters, of which he wrote more than 40. He added the rest to make a piece that offers those who pick it up “some light reading geared to people wanting to know what to expect if they take up Tae Kwon Do at this age.”

Age, he added, was part of the biggest lesson he learned throughout the entire process of earning his martial arts level.

“I found out it’s painful getting old,” he said. “It seemed like I was trying to stave off the aging process.”

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