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    The Older Martial Artist

    I thought my fellow older martial artists might find today's article about Jackie Chan's newest film of interest: Cynthia
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    Curricla old and new, anyone practice both?

    P.S. I realize that the original question is in regard to old versus new curriculum in what many would consider the same art. However, if the differences are substantial, technically and/or philosophically, they could be considered different arts or different "sub-arts" (like "subcultures") and...
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    Curricla old and new, anyone practice both?

    This is a very interesting thread. I have chosen to bring my Taekwondo practice into greater adherence to Kukkiwon standards. I am finding this process challenging, fascinating, and rewarding, both physically and philosophically. Differences that seem subtle on the surface often have greater...
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    LGBT in Taekwondo

    The question for every dojang owner when addressing diversity of any kind is ultimately: "Do I wish to perpetuate oppression in my dojang?" Life is much harder for people who are members of a social minority for any reason because they cope with one or more inescapable institutionalized "isms"...
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    Thank you team Martial Talk

    I want to express my appreciation to all those who spend their time and energy helping make the Martial Talk forum be available for all of us to connect with and learn from each other. From the looks of things, the various jobs involved cannot be easy. So, to administrators, moderators, mentors...
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    Commitment to development through Kukkiwon Taekwondo: Kukkiwon practitioners only, please

    Like you, I appreciate anyone who encourages me to look into things at a deeper level and with a fresh perspective. Being open to learning yields great rewards. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Cynthia
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    Commitment to development through Kukkiwon Taekwondo: Kukkiwon practitioners only, please

    I see we are both of Jidokwan lineage. GM CHOI Tae Hong was my grandmaster, too. Thank you for sharing the link to your website! Cynthia
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    Signs you need a TKD intervention

    50) Your pre-schooler watches you practice Taekwondo so much that she spontaneously executes Taekwondo techniques in the grocery store, at the library, when getting ready for bed, and at other odd times and places. P.S. Great thread! Cynthia
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    The future of the TKD section

    Thank you. Cynthia
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    Commitment to development through Kukkiwon Taekwondo: Kukkiwon practitioners only, please

    Dear colleagues: I am interested in knowing which of you consider yourselves to be Taekwondo instructors/practitioners who are currently and sincerely pursuing physical, mental, and spiritual development through the practice of and rank advancement in Kukkiwon Taekwondo. If you consider...
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    Training floor surface

    I currently teach in a church with our room assigned depending on availability. The flooring varies from wood to linoleum over concrete to carpet over concrete. Much if not most of my personal training, weather permitting, however is outdoors on uneven ground littered with sticks and pinecones...
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    Once more into the breach

    Welcome back to Taekwondo! Sang H. Kim's "Martial Arts After 40" might be a good resource for you: Steady and wise practice that intentionally avoids injury will yield better results than overzealous practice that doesn't take into...
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    Poomsae principles?

    In Keumgang, in terms of technique, a foot is lifted repeatedly, at times in a stationary pose (oreun hakdariseogi) and at times, as the start of a 90, 180, or 360 degree rotation. Regardless of the context, this lifting creates instability. This instability in the context of rotating on the...
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    Tips on increasing flexibility?

    The example you provide is representative of Kurz's performance-related fitness concept in the context of stretching. Gymnasts, for example, need a high degree of flexibility for static poses. Taekwondoin need a high degree of flexibility for dynamic motions. Kicking to the head is dynamic...
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    Poomsae principles?

    Yes. Repeatedly. Consider, for example and perhaps especially, Keumgang. Cynthia