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What’s the Purpose of Step Sparring in Taekwon-Do?

What’s the Purpose of Step Sparring in Taekwon-Do?

Have you ever found yourself wondering why step sparring exists? What’s the point? It’s highly formalized and like no other type of sparring that we do. It’s nothing like sport sparring or an actual self-defence scenario. A lot of people…
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…