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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

Do Taekwon-Do Patterns Have Any Practical Value?

Do Taekwon-Do Patterns Have Any Practical Value?

What good are patterns? That’s a question that an awful lot of Taekwon-Do students ask themselves at some point. We spend all this time learning patterns, but we can never really apply the techniques in sparring. Patterns and sparring are…
Your Taekwon-Do Belt is Meaningless

Your Taekwon-Do Belt is Meaningless

In Taekwon-Do, belt rank is an immensely important part of the entire experience. When someone finds out that you practice martial arts, I’m willing to bet that one of the first questions they ask is, “What belt are you?” If…
A Black Belt: 1 in 10,000

A Black Belt: 1 in 10,000

A while back, I saw this motivational poster online. I believe it’s meant to do a couple of things: to motivate students to get their black belts and to congratulate existing black belts for accomplishing a rare and monumental achievement.…
How to Bow in Taekwon-Do

How to Bow in Taekwon-Do

Bowing is a simple thing, really. It’s one of the first things that a Taekwon-Do student learns—often the very first thing, because it’s how we start class. But I’ve seen a surprising number of students get it wrong. So let’s…