Flying Feetby James McCann
After losing yet another tae kwon do tournament, Jinho gives in to his anger and breaks his opponent's fingers. While this gets him barred from competing at his dojang, it also gets him scouted by Austin, a trainer for an underground mixed martial arts club. At first the prospect of fighting without boundaries appeals to Jinho, but the more involved he gets, the… See more details below
After losing yet another tae kwon do tournament, Jinho gives in to his anger and breaks his opponent's fingers. While this gets him barred from competing at his dojang, it also gets him scouted by Austin, a trainer for an underground mixed martial arts club. At first the prospect of fighting without boundaries appeals to Jinho, but the more involved he gets, the more disturbing he finds it and the harder it is to find a way out. Unlike legal MMA, which has rules and regulations, underground MMA is a free-for-all: there are no weight classes and no referees to stop the fight should it go too far. When Jinho is set up to fight a boy known as The Ripper, he realizes that he doesn't belong in this world, but the only thing that can save him is the ancient code of tae kwon do.
Meet the Author
James McCann grew up on the icy plains of Manitoba, where he spent most of his teenage years reading comics and training in tae kwon do. In 2002 he came to the West Coast, where he's worked as a book-seller and a workshop leader, mentoring youth in creative writing. When he isn't writing books for teens, James is practicing tae kwon do or going on hikes with his Shih Tzu, Conan. James lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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I just had my first trnimt but to much swaring.
When he is not busy doing homework and getting straight A's, working with his ESL tutor, and acting as translator for his mother who doesn't speak English, Jinho is practicing tae kwon do. He enjoys the physical activity and the discipline required by the sport. Following his performance in a competitive event, Jinho is approached by a man who calls himself Austin. Austin hints that he would be interested in having Jinho train and fight for him. He leaves his business card and says he hopes to hear from Jinho. Sensing that Austin is inviting him to become part of something illegal, Jinho is still inexplicably drawn to the offer. He calls Austin and suddenly finds himself involved in MMA, but it is martial arts with no holds barred. He survives what he later learns is a type of initiation beating and begins training with Austin. Before he knows it, he is being offered fights that allow him to use moves he has formerly only dreamed of. Jinho soon realizes that getting involved with Austin has him lying to his mother and his friends. He is also suffering some of the worst physical injuries of his martial arts career. Is this freestyle fighting worth the risk? Is it possible to get out once he has become part of it? FLYING FEET by James McCann is one of Orca Publishers newest sports collection titles. It is filled with action and reads quickly. There aren't a lot of martial arts stories out there, so this ought to help fill a void in teen fiction.