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Taekwondo champion vs. jewelry store robber ends in under one second

Taekwondo champion Ilya Batrakov was in a jewelry store when a man who appeared to have a gun tried to rob it.

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At approximately 11:00 am, on April 16, 2015. a masked man in a hoodie entered a jewelry story in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He was holding his hand menacingly under his hoodie in such a way that it appeared that he had a gun. The man threw a bag on the counter. demanding of the shop assistant that it be filled with watches and jewels.

Another man who had been looking into a case moves to the side, off-camera.

Luckily, the city of Chelyabinsk was preparing to host the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships, from May 12 to May 18. It was the 22nd Taekwondo worlds, and the city was already teeming with world-class martial artists, including the man who moved off camera, Ilya Batrakov, an international class competitor, who lived locally.

In a split second, Batrakov is back on screen, and executes a textbook kick that lands clean on the back of the robber's head, and drops him instantly. Pro wrestling fans may know it as a Super Kick, but in this context, the proper name is a Dollyo Chagi, or in English, a Round Kick. 

If Batrakov's actions don't restore your faith in humanity, what happened next surely will.



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Faith in Humanity Restored

The robber immediately goes into convulsions. This was, clearly, not the kind of seizure the robber intended. 

As the thief convulsed violently, Batrakov attempted to provide aid, making sure the criminal's airway was open, while imploring the terrified jewelry store staff to call emergency services, which happens.

In time, the robber ceases convulsing, and the martial artist helps him to sit up.


What to do if Someone Has a Seizure

A traumatic brain injury, like, for example, an international Taekwondo champion kicking someone in the head, can cause a seizure. WebMD has clear directions on what to do and not do if someone suffers a seizure.

Seizure first aid is a matter of taking precautions. You're most likely to need it for a generalized tonic-clonic seizure.
•Keep other people out of the way.
•Clear hard or sharp objects away from the person.
•Don't try to hold them down or stop the movements.
•Place them on their side, to help keep their airway clear.
•Look at your watch at the start of the seizure, to time its length.
•Don't put anything in their mouth. Contrary to a popular myth, you can't swallow your tongue during a seizure. But if you put an object in their mouth, they could damage their teeth or bite you.

Milder seizures -- like brief periods of staring or shaking of the arms or legs -- aren't emergencies. But you should gently guide the person away from threats. They may be in a state like sleepwalking, where traffic or stairs pose a danger. All seizure activity should be reported to their doctor..

Call 911 if the person has difficulty breathing or waking after the seizure or if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.

About Taekwondo

TKD is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. It was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various Korean martial artists, as a blend of the indigenous Korean fighting styles of taekkyeon, gwonbeop, and subak, with influence from foreign martial arts, such as karate and Chinese martial arts.

TKD is characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. In fact, WTF sparring competitions award additional points for strikes that incorporate jumping and spinning kicks.

To facilitate fast, turning kicks, it generally adopts stances that are narrower and hence less-stable than the broader, wide stances used by martial arts such as karate. The tradeoff of decreased stability is believed to be worth the commensurate increase in agility, particularly in Kukkiwon-style taekwondo.

Different styles of TKD adopt different philosophical underpinnings. Many of these underpinnings however refer back to the Five Commandments of the Hwarang as a historical referent.

For example, Choi Hong Hi expressed his philosophical basis as the Five Tenets of Taekwondo:
• Ye-Ui (Courtesy)
• Yom-Chi (Integrity)
• In-Nae (Perseverance/patience)
• Guk-Gi (Self-discipline_
• Beakjul-bool-gul (Indomitable Spirit)

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