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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…
How To Do a Proper L-Stance

How To Do a Proper L-Stance

If walking stance is the most-used stance in Taekwon-Do, L-stance is probably second on the list. Your feet should be 1 ½ shoulder widths apart, measured from the toes of the front foot to the outside of the rear foot.…
How to Choose a Martial Arts Club

How to Choose a Martial Arts Club

How do you choose a martial arts club? When making most relatively big purchases or commitments, the average person will do at least a little research to make sure their purchase makes sense. But most people choose their first martial…
Taekwon-Do Almost Killed Me

Taekwon-Do Almost Killed Me

Headache; nausea; insomnia; weakness; dizziness; sexual dysfunction; drowsiness; dry mouth; sweating; temporarily increased thoughts of suicide among children and young adults. Those are the side effects of an antidepressant I used to take. The first two weeks were hell. I…
How To: Inner Forearm Middle Block

How To: Inner Forearm Middle Block

To perform an inner forearm middle block, you block with the bony area on the thumb side (or inner side) of your forearm. Like the outer forearm, it spans one third of the distance from your wrist to your elbow. Like many…
U-Nam Tul: Taekwon-Do’s Lost Pattern

U-Nam Tul: Taekwon-Do’s Lost Pattern

What’s U-Nam tul, you say? First, let me ask you this: how many patterns are there in Taekwon-Do? 24? That’s only in the current syllabus. What if I told you there are 26? The more studious among you may know…
Review: TKD Black Belt Project

Review: TKD Black Belt Project

I first heard about the TKD Black Belt Project a few years ago, and I finally decided to pony up and buy the apps. I have to admit that my expectations were high with the promise of video tutorials from multiple-time…
How To: Knife-Hand Low Block

How To: Knife-Hand Low Block

The knife-hand low block is a lot like the outer forearm low block. But there are some important differences to remember. The most obvious is the blocking tool itself. The knife-hand is the area on the side of the hand…
Is Taekwon-Do Good For Self-Defence?

Is Taekwon-Do Good For Self-Defence?

Is Taekwon-Do good for self-defence? It’s a question that comes up often enough. People take martial arts for many reasons, and one reason is to learn to defend themselves. If you’re going to spend your time and money to learn…