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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…
How To: Middle Guarding Blocks

How To: Middle Guarding Blocks

Guarding blocks are some of the few techniques that many students learn before they encounter them in their patterns. It’s a part of many early sparring exercises, as well as board-breaking procedure, so students could learn it as early as white…
Taekwon-Do Sucks

Taekwon-Do Sucks

You heard me. Taekwon-do sucks. ...For some people. For others, it’s awesome. You see, taekwon-do isn’t good or bad by itself. It all depends on the person.
Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 5: Judges

Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 5: Judges

Every Taekwon-Do tournament host ends up with a thorn in their side: a lack of knowledgeable, consistent judges and referees. Or a lack of judges and referees, period. For a tournament to run smoothly, judges have to be at the…
Why a Divided ITF Is Good for Taekwon-Do (and Why It’s Not)

Why a Divided ITF Is Good for Taekwon-Do (and Why It’s Not)

Once upon a time, the ITF was a single organization. The second-biggest Taekwon-Do organization in the world, in fact. It contained nearly every Ch’ang Hon Taekwon-Do practitioner across the globe. But, like something from a Haim song, those days are…