Taekwondo met baseball in the form of the first pitch at one of South Korea's professional league games last week.
"Taekwondoist" and actress Tae-Mi took the pitcher's mound at the Doosan Bears game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. She set her feet and wound up, but instead of letting the ball fly right away, her body launched into an elaborate flip. Upon landing, she spun and thew the ball.
Setting up for the pitch. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
Instead of taking the traditional approach, the "taekwondoist" flung her body into the air. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
She twisted and managed to land, carrying her momentum in a spin. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
Even though the spin must have been disorienting, her pitch wasn't too far off th plate. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
Although decidedly not a strike the crowd forgives her for the showmanship in her lead-up. The players on the Doosan Bears though seem either unimpressed or a little perplexed about being shown up by her flair.
Members of the Doosan Bears didn't seem too enthused about the fancy pitch. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
Tae-Mi was pretty pleased with herself though as were the fans and the players from the other team.
Many people were impressed with her flip and the pitch. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
Watch the footage which has garnered more than 1 million views since being posted on YouTube Saturday:
According to the video description, Tae-Min won the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship in 2007 and starred in the 2011 action film "The Kick."
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