IOWA CITY, IA. -- First degree blackbelt Daniel Thayer broke his leg during a Tae Kwon Do demonstration on Saturday. The injury will prevent him from entering any tournaments for the remainder of the year.
Thayer, 13, was performing a jumping double front kick where he reached a height over 6 feet in the air and successfully kicked through his target board, but his landing resulted in a broken leg. He was immediately taken to the University Of Iowa Hospitals for treatment. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
Representing Kang's Martial Arts Academy in Coralville, Thayer is a member of the academy's performance team known as 'SWAT'. The team demonstrates Olympic-style sparring, special skills and various kicks in performing around the local community. They were doing a demonstration on Saturday in Iowa City's Ped Mall when Thayer was injured.
Practicing Tae Kwon Do for over five years, Thayer recently medaled at a national tournament in Chicago, earning a silver and a bronze. The young blackbelt is looking forward to a successful recovery and the 2010 event season.