Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) successfully broke four wooden boards with his bare hands for a crowd of about 200 people on Tuesday in celebration of the state's first Taekwondo Day.
While sporting his honorary ninth-degree Taekwondo black belt, Hogan split the boards, which had “partisan gridlock” written on them.
Taekwondo is is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea, similar to the practice of karate.
Before the ceremony, Hogan joked, “I want to make it clear: It’s only honorary. So please, I don’t want any eighth-degree people trying to challenge me. I don’t really have the skills."
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Hogan didn’t want to embarrass himself during the ceremony, an aide said, so he practiced his skills for at least a week prior.
"He's been practicing in his office," Hogan aide Keiffer Mitchell said. "He broke it. I thought it had been weakened or something first, but he did it."
Last June, Hogan announced that he had been diagnosed with late stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an aggressive form of lymph node cancer.
In November, the first-term governor said his cancer was in remission.
H/T The Baltimore Sun