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Beware of Martial Arts Contracts

Beware of Martial Arts Contracts

Does your martial arts club use contracts to lock in students’ tuition rates, guaranteeing they’ll pay the same rate for one, two or three years? Or are you looking for a club for you or your kids and found that…
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,…
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.