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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

Sparring Tactics: Cutting Off the Ring

Sparring Tactics: Cutting Off the Ring

Let’s talk about cutting off the ring. One important way to help yourself win a sparring match is to control your opponent. If you can control his or her motion while imposing your own, you have a huge advantage. And…
Your Instructor’s Rank is Meaningless

Your Instructor’s Rank is Meaningless

I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t care about your rank; I care about what you know. That statement was aimed at students, but the same is true for instructors. A higher rank doesn’t necessarily give an instructor…
How To: Perfect Patterns Punches

How To: Perfect Patterns Punches

If you tally up all the hand and foot techniques used in the patterns, I would be surprised if anything is used more often than the good ol’ punch. I suppose that makes sense: a good punch is easy and…
The Rise of Taekwon-Do in MMA

The Rise of Taekwon-Do in MMA

There was a time when there was no place for traditional martial arts such as Taekwon-Do in MMA. They seemed anachronistic and useless. The martial arts that had proven effective in the cage (or ring) were Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling…
Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 3: Sparring

Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 3: Sparring

Have you ever been an umpire (a.k.a. corner judge) in a sparring match. It’s hard, right? If you’ve never tried it, I recommend you do when you get the chance. How about refereeing? Have you ever tried that? Most people…
4 Reasons to Avoid Full-Contact Sparring

4 Reasons to Avoid Full-Contact Sparring

Before anyone starts spitting venom in my direction, let me state for the record that full-contact sparring can be a good thing. There’s no substitute if you truly want to learn how to fight or to competently defend yourself if…
Taekwon-Do Belts Are Expensive

Taekwon-Do Belts Are Expensive

Considering Taekwon-Do clubs all offer the same basic service, they can charge wildly different prices. One club might ask for next to nothing while another down the street charges over $150 a month. Some use contracts to guarantee payment while…
8 Simple Strategies to Make Your Taekwon-Do Patterns Rock

8 Simple Strategies to Make Your Taekwon-Do Patterns Rock

Whether or not you love patterns, you’re probably always trying to get better at them. And let’s face it, if you’re reading this article, you probably like patterns. They say practice makes perfect, but it’s how you practice that matters.…