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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

Karate’s Niju Kun and Its Influence on Taekwon-Do

Karate’s Niju Kun and Its Influence on Taekwon-Do

A while back, I theorized that taekwon-do’s student oath may have been heavily influenced by the dojo kun, a set of five training hall rules used by many karate clubs. Since then, I’ve been stewing on another karate list. In…
Sine Wave in Taekwon-Do: That Funny Bouncing

Sine Wave in Taekwon-Do: That Funny Bouncing

Sine wave is one of the defining features of Ch’ang Hon (ITF) taekwon-do. General Choi introduced sine wave in the 1980s, in large part to help make his taekwon-do stand out even more from other martial arts. (And, rumour has…
Lessons from a Street Fight

Lessons from a Street Fight

The most surreal part of seeing a man get soccer kicked in the head as he lies on the ground is the sound. It’s like slapping a half-frozen steak. That sound shouldn’t emanate from a human head.
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone: Cross-Training for Taekwon-Do

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone: Cross-Training for Taekwon-Do

Did you know that doing another activity besides taekwon-do—or even another martial art—can take your game to the next level? That’s the beauty of cross-training. Cross-training means doing another sport or activity outside of the one that you usually practice,…
How To: Continuous Motion

How To: Continuous Motion

Anyone above the rank of yellow stripe in Ch’ang Hon taekwon-do knows what continuous motion is. It’s that weird motion in the latter half of Dan-Gun tul. But General Choi didn’t define continuous motion in the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, so…
How To: Twin Forearm Block and Twin Knife-Hand Block

How To: Twin Forearm Block and Twin Knife-Hand Block

It seems like the twin forearm block from Do-San is the first pattern technique that many students find completely alien. There’s a lot of weird coordination happening in this move. But it’s really not that difficult with practice. By the…
10 Terrible Reasons for Girls to Get Into Martial Arts

10 Terrible Reasons for Girls to Get Into Martial Arts

As much as I love the martial arts, they’re a breeding ground for BS. Some types of martial arts BS are just silly. Others are truly horrifying. But they all involve people manipulating or coercing others into doing or believing…
Why Do We Say “Taekwon” When We Bow?

Why Do We Say “Taekwon” When We Bow?

You ever have one of those nagging questions that you can never find an answer to? Maybe it’s not even an important question, but the fact that you can’t find an answer drives you nuts? I’ve had one of those…
Loyalty to Your Instructor

Loyalty to Your Instructor

In Taekwon-Do, as in many martial arts, loyalty to your instructor is emphasized. But, like a lot of the things I’ve been writing about, the interpretation of “loyalty” can vary greatly. Some instructors seem to demand little more than paying…