CRESTVIEW — Scurvy dogs of various degrees of proficiency had to learn their taekwondo forms Thursday or face their saber-wielding masters’ wrath.


CRESTVIEW — Scurvy dogs of various degrees of proficiency had to learn their taekwondo forms Thursday or face their saber-wielding masters’ wrath.



At the urging of Mary Valdez of Gordon Martial Arts, students and instructors donned pirate garb over their gis, or uniforms, to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day.



During Mini "Marrrtial" class for children, Valdez said, Master Gregory Bledsoe waved his sword and commanded students to answer his commands with "arrrr" — or they would walk the plank.



Eye patches were required on deck — rather, on the mats — for the day, along with headscarves and even a stuffed parrot.



"I get into it every year and lots of the students just follow along," Valdez said, wearing a brocaded coat, lacy cuffs and cockaded hat.



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