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    Thinking about changing schools

    So, long story. Bear with me. If you look at my post history, you'll see waaaaaay back that I was in a TKD school. I left because the sabunim was a (insert favorite anal pejorative here). Wanting to get back into the arts a year later, I started BJJ. This was a gym that was a part of a larger...
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    Pepper spray in a black belt test?

    http://www.dukatzacademy.com This would be the website of the school. Take a look at the kid assistant instructors. I didn't see any black belts much younger than that, but still, this should show you the age range of the kids he's blasting in the face. It's a great facility for sure, but to...
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    Pepper spray in a black belt test?

    Hello. After leaving my school of 9 years for personal reasons, I started looking for a new school. There was another in town that I gave a look. I spoke with the man who runs it. He answered all questions up front in a straightforward manner, no contracts, great facility. All of the...
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    Olympic TKD Knockouts

    While those were fun to watch, I couldn't help but ask one question.... How many of those knockouts could have been prevented by simply keeping their hands up? Why on earth do those fighters keep their hands down like that?
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    Asking a Student to Leave

    I've only known of two students being kicked out, and both for the same reasons. Student a's case was a lack hygiene and lack of respect for other peoples air. At the age of 16, he left a solid turd on the dojang floor, completely throwing an atom-bomb in my instructor's lesson plan for that...
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    I've got a situation...

    Ok... now here comes a new tidbit that has my blood boiling just a teensy bit. As stated earlier, last Friday I opened the school, as my instructor was away. It snowed alot where I live, to the point where it was debated whether or not I kept the school open for the afternoon classes. When my...
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    I've got a situation...

    Well, let's look at it this way... -I've taken a week of my vacation twice that the Sabunim has known about to cover for my instructor's vacation on two occasions. I actually have a key so I can open the school in emergencies. -Every day he gets a running toll of all the people who help out in...
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    I've got a situation...

    First off, to clear up the confusion, Kacey, this is the terminology as I've been taught: Kwonjunim (sp?)-Grandmaster Sabunim- Master Instructor Posabunim- Instructor Kyokwonim- Assistant instructor Now, to answer some of the questions... No, I'm not a minor, I'm 26. I never felt that the other...
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    I've got a situation...

    No thoughts at all?
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    I've got a situation...

    Not sure if this is the place, but here it goes. Please forgive the lengthy background: I am an assistant instructor at a local TKD school. I have been a regular student for over 7 years, and I have been helping out with instruction for 5 of them. For the past 2 years, I have been running the...
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    The Honda FCX 2008 fuel cell car

    Ok, let's take a look at one of the best ways to get Hydrogen. You take water, run an electric current through it, and you get the hydrogen and oxygen separating. This takes electricity. A good portion of our electricity comes from what? Fossil fuels. So what's the solution? There has been a...
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    How do you do Kum Gang?

    We are taught to do the stomp at each of the four kum gang blocks. To lead into that stance, we sweep with the non-pivoting leg, as if to pull the opponents' leg off balance. The stomp is then meant to break their knee. This is the interpretation that I seem to understand best. Anyone have any...
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    Improving TKD's Image

    Which is why I'm glad to be training at my dojang. The problem is that the training I get isn't the training that the public sees. In our Wal-Mart society, the only organizations that hit the public eye are those with the most money. Such is the case of the WTF in the Olympics. The WTF system of...
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    Improving TKD's Image

    To improve TKD's image, I would try to make sparring more combative and a lot less like a glorified game of tag. How about allowing head punches? How about allowing kicks to the legs? How about allowing fights to go to the ground instead of stopping the match? If we made all of those changes...
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    Introducing Heavier Contact

    For the kids classes, we will sometimes devote an entire class session in teaching them to give and receive hard hits. We have them partnered, and one will stay in a defensive stance while the other kicks. We usually encourage those who hit weakly to increase their power. For head shots, we have...
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