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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…
The Odd Origins of the Taekwon-Do Bow

The Odd Origins of the Taekwon-Do Bow

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the taekwon-do bow? Ever noticed that the Ch’ang Hon (ITF) style bow is a little different from everyone else’s? And I mean everyone else’s.
TKD Students: You’re Doing More Karate Than You Think

TKD Students: You’re Doing More Karate Than You Think

Does this look familiar? Find any similarities to Won-Hyo? How about this one? Dan-Gun, perhaps? Or this one? Chon-Ji? It turns out that many of taekwon-do’s colour belt patterns have a lot in common with the colour belt kata from…
U-Nam Tul: Taekwon-Do’s Lost Pattern

U-Nam Tul: Taekwon-Do’s Lost Pattern

What’s U-Nam tul, you say? First, let me ask you this: how many patterns are there in Taekwon-Do? 24? That’s only in the current syllabus. What if I told you there are 26? The more studious among you may know…
General Choi Wasn’t Very Good at Taekwon-Do

General Choi Wasn’t Very Good at Taekwon-Do

Well, not at performing it anyway. The man was huge in the development of Taekwon-Do (although there were many others who don’t get the credit they deserve). And right up until his death he communicated exactly how he wanted Taekwon-Do…
The Origin of Taekwon-Do’s Student Oath?

The Origin of Taekwon-Do’s Student Oath?

I have a theory on where the Taekwon-Do student oath came from. You see, Shotokan Karate has this thing called the dojo kun.  Charlie No, that’s Domo-kun.  Harkonnen2 That’s more like it. “Dojo kun” literally means “training hall rules.” Many…
Do Taekwon-Do Patterns Have Any Practical Value?

Do Taekwon-Do Patterns Have Any Practical Value?

What good are patterns? That’s a question that an awful lot of Taekwon-Do students ask themselves at some point. We spend all this time learning patterns, but we can never really apply the techniques in sparring. Patterns and sparring are…