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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

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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…
How to Choose a Martial Arts Club

How to Choose a Martial Arts Club

How do you choose a martial arts club? When making most relatively big purchases or commitments, the average person will do at least a little research to make sure their purchase makes sense. But most people choose their first martial…
Taekwon-Do Almost Killed Me

Taekwon-Do Almost Killed Me

Headache; nausea; insomnia; weakness; dizziness; sexual dysfunction; drowsiness; dry mouth; sweating; temporarily increased thoughts of suicide among children and young adults. Those are the side effects of an antidepressant I used to take. The first two weeks were hell. I…
Review: TKD Black Belt Project

Review: TKD Black Belt Project

I first heard about the TKD Black Belt Project a few years ago, and I finally decided to pony up and buy the apps. I have to admit that my expectations were high with the promise of video tutorials from multiple-time…
The Rise of Taekwon-Do in MMA

The Rise of Taekwon-Do in MMA

There was a time when there was no place for traditional martial arts such as Taekwon-Do in MMA. They seemed anachronistic and useless. The martial arts that had proven effective in the cage (or ring) were Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling…
McDojangs: They’re Not All Bad

McDojangs: They’re Not All Bad

Have you ever heard the term “McDojang”? Or “McDojo,” as it’s often called? (“McDojang” is used for Korean martial arts, so that’s the term I’ll use here.) Have you ever been to one? Don’t you just hate them?
A Black Belt: 1 in 10,000

A Black Belt: 1 in 10,000

A while back, I saw this motivational poster online. I believe it’s meant to do a couple of things: to motivate students to get their black belts and to congratulate existing black belts for accomplishing a rare and monumental achievement.…