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    Restrictions on who can award black belts

    I guess I'm a little confused. Is the Seigokan Hombu a different entity than the Japanese Seigokan organization that you mentioned in your first post? If it is not then it seems that non-Japanese would still not be allowed to issue dan grades. Is that right? Pax, Chris
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    Sparring against Shotokan Black Belt

    Nice match. You both did pretty well. I'd concentrate a little more on fully extending your leg when you kick since it looked like some of them missed their target because the knee was bent. FWIW, the stylistic differences between you and your friend were fairly evident. Pax, Chris
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    TKD would be reccomender for girls... Right...

    You may want to consider that the net force of a blow isn't exactly unrelated to the amount of damage it inflicts. It isn't the only variable, but it is an important one. Pax, Chris
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    Researching a Theory - Do you play chess

    I used to play chess a fair amount. Started up again maybe a year and a half again when I taught my son how to play. I've played a bit of Go (Baduk), too, though am not nearly as good at that. Pax, Chris
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    "Question Mark" Kick

    That was how I was originally taught to do a turning kick. My instructor is an ITF member and the ITF turning kick is performed differently (and I've learned both versions) but he also has roots in the Chang Moo Kwan. I don't know for sure but the method used in the kick in the video may be a...
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    1949 Changmoo Kwan Demo

    There is a video on youtube of a member of the Kang Duk Won performing older Kwan patterns, but they have different names (Pal Gi Kwon, Balsae, and Jang Kwon). The Kang Duk Won has the same lineage back to GM Byun-in Yoon and Park, Chul Hee was one of the Kang Duk Won's co-founders as well as a...
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    Master / Student Relationship, and Honest Discussions

    Not at all. But we should remember that having an honest discussion in no way means not being courteous to who you're talking to and treating them with the respect they deserve as your teacher (if you're a student), nor does it mean belittling them if you disagree with what they say (if you're...
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    Cross-Training in Kuk Sool Won and Tae Kwondo

    GM Seo, In Sun (GM Suh, In Hyuk's brother) studied with the founder of Hapkido, GM Choi, Yong Sul so that wouldn't be totally surprising, IMHO. Pax, Chris
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    FTF

    He claimed to have a 4th dan from an organization I belong to. When someone posted a video of him doing the most basic pattern from that organization it was very obvious he didn't have any understanding of the body mechanics of the style he claims to be ranked in by my organization. The ITF...
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    FTF

    I just checked the ITF member database and his name doesn't show up. Likewise, he isn't listed as one of the "affiliated members" on the web site of the group under GM Trajtenberg. I didn't see any way to search for members on the site for the group under Master Ri, Yong Son so can't speak to...
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    FTF

    My criticism of your performance of Chon-Ji was to point out that you have not the slightest grasp of the body mechanics underlying Gen. Choi's system. Why you claim to be a 4th dan in the ITF I do not know. If I had to hazard a guess from viewing your video and from the quoted statement above...
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    FTF

    It's not just a question of how a 4th dan should be moving. What I want to know is why someone who claims to be a 4th dan from the ITF has no understanding of the body mechanics of that style. The manner in which he steps is wrong, the shifting of his feet in between steps is something you're...
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    Congratulations to Grand Master Earl Weiss

    I'd like to congratulate Grand Master @Earl Weiss on his recent promotion to IX dan by GM C.E. Sereff and the USTF. Pax, Chris
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    Resources for Tae Kwon Do coming to America

    The first time Taekwon-Do was introduced to Hawai'i was actually in the early 1970's (at least by 1974) by GM Lee, Kyo Woon of the Oh Do Kwan. Pax, Chris
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    Tae Kwon Do Forms

    Agreed, sir, but I am fairly sure there's another quote somewhere specifically about patterns relating to angles. It's going to drive me crazy until I find it again. I think I first saw it in the 1972 book and may have to spend a bit of time rereading that volume in the next few days to see if I...
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