‘Kpelle Do’—The Way A Kpelle Man Fights

first_imgLiberian taekwondo expert, Master Herbert Hansley has a sense of humor about inventions, and that was exactly why he had developed his own version of the famous Asian fighting philosophy, taekwondo, and has renamed his version Kpelle Do. He defines it as ‘The way a Kpelle man fights.’An ethnic Kpelle, his fighting style: Kpelle Do is similar in nature to the Asian Hap Ki Do, also another version of self defense with bare hands and feet.“Kpelle Do is not a system to cause harm to others,” he told the Daily Observer in an interview recently. “But it is the way a Kpelle man fights in self defense and body fitness.”He made that statement with a smile, mixed with humor, but noted that it is a serious fighting sport like its Asian counterparts.He said this is not a style to injure others.“Like its Asian counterpart, (Taekwondo) Kpelle Do is a form of style that is used to defend or protect the weak, like women and children from abusers,” he noted.Organized in 2005 in Monrovia, Master Hansley said Kpelle Do has been helping providing physical education support to many of its members.He is popular among the Taekwondo community in the country, he said.With background in law enforcement, Master Hansley who initially graduated from Tubman High School in Monrovia, went to the United States and made incredible progress in education and career.“For the last several years I have been coming back home with the idea to contribute to the country’s reconstruction,” Master Hansley said.He is also a member of the Emmanuel AME Church and provides outreach support, materially and otherwise to 29 kids in the church’s orphanage center.A member of the foreign board of the Diana E. Davis Elementary and Senior High School, his personal CV speaks volumes of his ability to help Liberia in the law enforcement area, where his passion is in the wake of UNMIL drawdown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sungdong Shipbuilding Enters Court Receivership

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering South Korean midsize shipbuilder Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering has been placed under court receivership, Yonhap reports citing a court official.The court is yet to decide whether to liquidate the yard or resume operating under a growing concern principle. The final ruling will be made based on the report from auditing firm Deloitte Anjin LLC, which has been tasked to assess the company’s value of liquidation and its going concern value, the Korean news agency said.The court move comes on the back of the yard’s financial downfall prompted by lower order intake and the overall slump in the shipbuilding industry which brought many shipbuilders to their knees.Namely, the yard received only five orders in 2017, a major drop from over 40 in 2013. The company hasn’t received any orders this year and is without capital.The court receivership plan was announced in March this year, with the survival of the cash-strapped yard being put to question even if further cash injections are provided due to its long-term losses.The shipbuilder has been under restructuring for over the past eight years, with over USD 2.5 billion of funds said to have been injected into the yard since. The restructuring process has been led by its main creditor the Export Import Bank of Korea.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more