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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

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fumtaekwondo.com%2F2011%2520Complaints%2F01.10.12%2520Summary%2520Decision.pdf&h=_AQEJcZVcAQGCbKnTQnxCned4k_4snIvartVJ5Nec_rPGGg 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...
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    Junior Olympics Results (bragging)

    Over and over again on a daily basis.
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    Junior Olympics Results (bragging)

    After much debate about whether or not to bring her nunchucks into California, I decided to play it safe (obey the law) and she worked with her master on a kama routine.
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    Junior Olympics Results (bragging)

    OK, have to do the proud papa bragging routine (and will even resist complaining about the USAT for this one thread). My daughter won Gold in forms, weapons and sparring at the Junior Olympics today. Came in third (last) in breaking, but is taking that in stride.
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    Evolution in taekwondo

    Is tkd net an open forum? Can you give me the url?
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    Youngest Kukkiwon "black belt" at age 6 in the news

    I will cede the above are valid points and thank you for your courteous reply. If I may ask you two questions: 1) are you questioning the validity of Master Cole's rank? 2) Do you deny the Kukkiwon's validity/usefulness in confirming lineage? I am not saying that every master who has a...
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    Youngest Kukkiwon "black belt" at age 6 in the news

    Getting a bit personal? I don't think anyone who has met, knows or knows of Master Cole would ever see a reason for master to be in quotes. There really seems to be a lack of courtesy and respect coming from one side of the argument. I had thought courtesy and respect were integral parts of...
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    Skipping rank - that big a deal?

    Puunui, I would like to read your explanation. Could you direct me towards where to find it?
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    Help with "Taekwondo Age" please?

    Thank you everyone. I appreciate your help.
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    Help with "Taekwondo Age" please?

    Thank you for confirming this. Can you point me towards someplace I can find this rule in writing?
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    Help with "Taekwondo Age" please?

    I have read somewhere and been told that whatever age you will be as of December 31 is he age you compete at during the entire year. i.e. if someone will be 14 on December 31, 2011 even if he does not turn 14 until November, he must compete as a 14 year old throughout 2011. Can anyone tell me...
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    Youngest Kukkiwon "black belt" at age 6 in the news

    Ok, my better, perhaps best judgment is to avoid this thread, but no one ever said I used good, let alone better or best judgment. My daughter started training at age 3. Last February, at age 6, she tested for and earned her Black Belt. I understand there are those who believe no one under...
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    Nationals (AAU) or (USAT)

    Yep, there are a lot of Korean Masters/GrandMasters devoting their time, talent and knowledge to teaching anyone and everyone Taekwondo. My blonde haired, blue-eyed, non-Korean daughter loves it, and her Korean Master. I actually found the lack of Koreans odd when I took her to her first...
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    Nationals (AAU) or (USAT)

    Speaking for my family, the travel does get expensive. You need to pick your state/regional/qualifier events carefully and then determine which organization's national you can afford to go to or which one means the most to you. Then of course if they are scheduled at the same time all possible...
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    Nationals (AAU) or (USAT)

    America Taekwondo United http://www.atu.bz/board/
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    Nationals (AAU) or (USAT)

    How about the ATU? Their National is July 2nd in Los Angeles.
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