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    Message about Al Cole (grandmastercole)

    The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. To-day, the road all runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. Smart lad, to...
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    USAT Honors Grand Master Al Cole

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 15, 2013—The USA Taekwondo Transitional Board of Directors would like to recognize Grandmaster Walter “Al” Cole for a lifetime of service, dedication and contribution to the sport. Instrumental in the Olympic adoption of taekwondo and the further development of the...
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    Message about Al Cole (grandmastercole)

    I was sorry to see the post and am praying for Master Cole. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to meet him and his sons all too infrequently. He is a fervent advocate of taekwondo and a great friend to any who strive to learn more about it.
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    Favorites: Should You Have Them?

    From a non-instructor/parent's point of view: I can totally understand giving more attention and extra help to students who excel. I am not sure that in and of itself qualifies as "favorites". It is always nice when an instructor goes the extra mile for/with the student who is willing to go...
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    USAT Eliminating Grass Root Poomsae divisions for 14+BB at Nationals??

    You are correct. I did not notice that. Was focused on sparring. My apologies.
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    Master Southwick, The USAT lists a Michigan State Championship on 3-17 in East Lansing. I can't...

    Master Southwick, The USAT lists a Michigan State Championship on 3-17 in East Lansing. I can't find any other information on it. Do you know anyone involved and can you point me to a link for a site or pre-event packet? Many thanks.
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    USAT Eliminating Grass Root Poomsae divisions for 14+BB at Nationals??

    •Black Belts: 10-32 year olds – The top four finalists at a 2012 State Championships or USAT Regional Qualifier will qualify for World Class sparring divisions. All other participants will qualify for the Grass Root divisions. Read the underlined sentence. It specifically says all black belts...
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    USOC Slaps Down USAT- Link to Ruling Here you go. Red meat for lunch. Enjoy
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    Few of my M-Team buddies at WC in Russia

    Thank you for the pictures! Can anyone clarify the reason/use for the vests? It looks like a demo team (?) wearing them, but not the competitors in poomsae? Are they more decorative and not a formal part of the required uniform?
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    Son's first Match

    ATC, Thank you for clarifying that and once again, I wish your son the best.
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    Son's first Match

    Tony, thanks for understanding and not thinking I was attacking your post on the rules. Rob, some great points. Thank you for the well thought out response. For everyone else, including and especially ATC, I don't mean to come across as preachy, condescending or attacking. Am honestly...
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    Son's first Match

    First, ATC congratulations to your son for his accomplishments. The power and technique are truly awesome. Now, I am going to be the bad guy on the thread and ask that it be taken as a discussion of issues and not a personal attack on ATC or his son. While a lot of people applaud watching...
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    When did you start your child in TKD?

    We started my daughter at 3. Her instructor made her attend two classes and observed her before he would take her on as a student. I have seen some kids who start at 3-4 and do well and others who are not ready to start at 6-7-8. It really depends on the child, his/her physical and mental...
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    Nationals - JO's

    Congratulations!! Did the medals arrive by the time your kids competed?
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    Junior Olympics Results (bragging)

    California Penal Code, Section 12020-12040 specifically lists nunchucks as a prohibited deadly weapon that can only be used in a licensed school and can only be sold and mailed directly to a licensed school. I am saying nothing about the practices of your dojang. Just that I wasn't willing...