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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.…
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…