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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…
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…
Why I Practice Taekwon-Do

Why I Practice Taekwon-Do

We all have bad years. For me, 2006 was a tough year in my taekwon-do journey. By the time 2007 rolled around I had stopped formal training. I still dabbled from time to time, but I had no interest in…
Visualization for Martial Arts: Get Better Without Training

Visualization for Martial Arts: Get Better Without Training

Have you ever tried using visualization for martial arts training? If you haven’t, you should. It’s fantastic. Visualization isn’t a new concept. It’s been used in the sports world for decades, but I still know plenty of people who don’t…
The Four Arts of Taekwon-Do

The Four Arts of Taekwon-Do

Have you ever thought of taekwon-do as a bunch of separate arts all under one roof? In his description of the composition of taekwon-do, General Choi saw TKD as being made up of five related parts: fundamental movements, dallyon (conditioning),…
75 Ways to Be the Best Black Belt You Can Be

75 Ways to Be the Best Black Belt You Can Be

Study. Be curious. Question why. Practice diligently. Strive for perfection. Learn that there may be more than one answer. Work out (not just in taekwon-do class). Observe closely. Strengthen your weaknesses. Accept that you will always have weaknesses. Teach (your…
Taekwon-Do Sucks

Taekwon-Do Sucks

You heard me. Taekwon-do sucks. ...For some people. For others, it’s awesome. You see, taekwon-do isn’t good or bad by itself. It all depends on the person.
Why a Divided ITF Is Good for Taekwon-Do (and Why It’s Not)

Why a Divided ITF Is Good for Taekwon-Do (and Why It’s Not)

Once upon a time, the ITF was a single organization. The second-biggest Taekwon-Do organization in the world, in fact. It contained nearly every Ch’ang Hon Taekwon-Do practitioner across the globe. But, like something from a Haim song, those days are…