Liberian taekwondo expert, Master Herbert Hansley has a sense of humor about inventions, and that was exactly why he had developed his own version of the famous Asian fighting philosophy, taekwondo, and has renamed his version Kpelle Do. He defines it as ‘The way a Kpelle man fights.’
An ethnic Kpelle, his fighting style: Kpelle Do is similar in nature to the Asian Hap Ki Do, also another version of self defense with bare hands and feet.
“Kpelle Do is not a system to cause harm to others,” he told the Daily Observer in an interview recently. “But it is the way a Kpelle man fights in self defense and body fitness.”
He made that statement with a smile, mixed with humor, but noted that it is a serious fighting sport like its Asian counterparts.
He said this is not a style to injure others.
“Like its Asian counterpart, (Taekwondo) Kpelle Do is a form of style that is used to defend or protect the weak, like women and children from abusers,” he noted.
Organized in 2005 in Monrovia, Master Hansley said Kpelle Do has been helping providing physical education support to many of its members.
He is popular among the Taekwondo community in the country, he said.
With background in law enforcement, Master Hansley who initially graduated from Tubman High School in Monrovia, went to the United States and made incredible progress in education and career.
“For the last several years I have been coming back home with the idea to contribute to the country’s reconstruction,” Master Hansley said.
He is also a member of the Emmanuel AME Church and provides outreach support, materially and otherwise to 29 kids in the church’s orphanage center.
A member of the foreign board of the Diana E. Davis Elementary and Senior High School, his personal CV speaks volumes of his ability to help Liberia in the law enforcement area, where his passion is in the wake of UNMIL drawdown.