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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

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…
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.
Be a Referee Who Gives a Damn

Be a Referee Who Gives a Damn

I like being a taekwon-do referee. And I’ve been told more than once that I’m good at it—by parents, competitors and other instructors. Trust me that I don’t say this to toot my own horn. You’ll see my point in…
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),…