Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan had changed into his doh-bok, put on his honorary ninth-degree Taekwondo black belt and planted his dress-shoed feet.
He stared at the four boards he planned to break with his bare hand, a stunt celebrating Maryland's first Taekwondo Day honoring a martial art developed in the home country of Hogan's wife, Yumi. He steadied the boards with a hand and stared down the planks for another 11 seconds.
That black belt might have been awarded on a trip to Korea and sanctioned by a prominent Taekwondo organization, but it had not come with instructions.
"I want to make it clear: It’s only honorary," Hogan had said earlier, before his...