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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.…
How To: Taekwon-Do’s Walking Stance

How To: Taekwon-Do’s Walking Stance

The walking stance is perhaps the most-used stance in the Taekwon-Do patterns. It is often the third stance a student learns, after attention stance and parallel ready stance. The length and width of your stances in Taekwon-Do will be relative…
General Choi Wasn’t Very Good at Taekwon-Do

General Choi Wasn’t Very Good at Taekwon-Do

Well, not at performing it anyway. The man was huge in the development of Taekwon-Do (although there were many others who don’t get the credit they deserve). And right up until his death he communicated exactly how he wanted Taekwon-Do…
Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 2: Patterns

Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 2: Patterns

One of my biggest beefs with Taekwon-Do tournaments is the patterns system. Like sparring, it works on the single-elimination bracket format. Two competitors walk into the ring and perform their patterns at the same time. One person wins and moves…
Get Rid of Belt Exams

Get Rid of Belt Exams

Belt exams are a big part of Taekwon-Do. Your belt rank indicates your progress, and exams are how you get to the next level. They’re rites of passage that allow students to feel like they’ve earned the belts around their…
Taekwon-Do’s Parallel Ready Stance

Taekwon-Do’s Parallel Ready Stance

The parallel ready stance is used to begin most patterns as well as many other exercises in Taekwon-Do. The outsides of your feet should be one shoulder width apart and your toes should point straight forward. Bring your fists in…
McDojangs: They’re Not All Bad

McDojangs: They’re Not All Bad

Have you ever heard the term “McDojang”? Or “McDojo,” as it’s often called? (“McDojang” is used for Korean martial arts, so that’s the term I’ll use here.) Have you ever been to one? Don’t you just hate them?
Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 1: Intro

Tournaments: An Exercise in Zen, pt. 1: Intro

Don’t you love Taekwon-Do tournaments? All that sitting around and waiting. Then warming up and waiting. Trying to figure out when your division will be called to compete. And sitting around and waiting some more…
The Origin of Taekwon-Do’s Student Oath?

The Origin of Taekwon-Do’s Student Oath?

I have a theory on where the Taekwon-Do student oath came from. You see, Shotokan Karate has this thing called the dojo kun.  Charlie No, that’s Domo-kun.  Harkonnen2 That’s more like it. “Dojo kun” literally means “training hall rules.” Many…