For Kurt Bryan Barbosa, the turning point of his taekwondo career—the singular moment that made him decide to take the sport seriously—happened when he was playing online games instead of training.
“I was a hyperactive kid and also hard-headed,” said Barbosa in Filipino. “I was 13 then, I was supposedly training for Batang Pinoy but I didn’t feel like it.”
His mother caught him in an internet shop in their hometown Bangued, Abra, and gave him a good spanking afterward.
“From then on, I thought to myself I will would taekwondo seriously,” he said.
He went on to win a bronze in the Batang Pinoy that year, which made him realize he could stand out in the national level. The…