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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…
A Better Way to Stretch Before Taekwon-Do Class

A Better Way to Stretch Before Taekwon-Do Class

Have you heard of dynamic stretching for martial arts training? Are you doing it? Stretching before taekwon-do class is important. It helps you limber up so you can kick high, and it helps prevent injury. But how you're stretching is…
Weirdos in Martial Arts: A Strange Attraction

Weirdos in Martial Arts: A Strange Attraction

There seem to be a lot of weirdos in martial arts. I use the term “weirdo” loosely. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing (although it can be). Hell, I’m weird: I write a blog about taekwon-do. Some martial artists are…
5+ Ways to Build Your Confidence for Taekwon-Do Sparring

5+ Ways to Build Your Confidence for Taekwon-Do Sparring

Sparring can be intimidating. While some people love to spar, it makes others anxious, even to the point or avoiding it altogether. If this describes you, know that there are ways to build your confidence for taekwon-do sparring. Sparring may…