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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

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),…
What’s Wrong with Olympic Taekwondo?

What’s Wrong with Olympic Taekwondo?

The Rio Olympics are done and in the history books. But for martial artists, at least one question remains as a legacy of the Games: what has become of Olympic taekwondo?