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A Better Way to Stretch Before Taekwon-Do Class

A Better Way to Stretch Before Taekwon-Do Class

Have you heard of dynamic stretching for martial arts training? Are you doing it? Stretching before taekwon-do class is important. It helps you limber up so you can kick high, and it helps prevent injury. But how you're stretching is…
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…
5+ Ways to Build Your Confidence for Taekwon-Do Sparring

5+ Ways to Build Your Confidence for Taekwon-Do Sparring

Sparring can be intimidating. While some people love to spar, it makes others anxious, even to the point or avoiding it altogether. If this describes you, know that there are ways to build your confidence for taekwon-do sparring. Sparring may…
Let Transferring Students Keep Their Belts

Let Transferring Students Keep Their Belts

How much is your taekwon-do belt rank worth to you? I once made a huge mistake when assigning a student’s rank. I made a third degree black belt wear a white belt. He agreed to it at the time, but…
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…
What to Expect at Your First Taekwon-Do Tournament

What to Expect at Your First Taekwon-Do Tournament

Most civilized humans will never step into a ring and enter a face-kicking contest with a complete stranger. In taekwon-do, we do it for fun. I don’t know if that makes us brave or stupid. Probably a little of both.
What the Hell Happened to Pre-Arranged Sparring?

What the Hell Happened to Pre-Arranged Sparring?

I previously expressed my love for pre-arranged sparring, and I stand by that assertion. So know that I write this not out of hate, but out of love. Out of concern. What the hell has happened to pre-arranged sparring? Back…