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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

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?
75 Ways to Be the Best Black Belt You Can Be

75 Ways to Be the Best Black Belt You Can Be

Study. Be curious. Question why. Practice diligently. Strive for perfection. Learn that there may be more than one answer. Work out (not just in taekwon-do class). Observe closely. Strengthen your weaknesses. Accept that you will always have weaknesses. Teach (your…
Your Belt is Meaningless, pt. 2: Don’t Train for Rank

Your Belt is Meaningless, pt. 2: Don’t Train for Rank

Unlike a lot of activities, martial arts usually have a built-in motivational system. Belt ranks, because they are inherent indicators of individual progress, allow us to use them as goals. Virtually everyone who joins taekwon-do wants to get their black…
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…