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    Women in Systema

    Stumbled upon this thread and got interested. I'm Russian, from Moscow, has lived there for 30 years before coming to the USA. So, I could probably clear up some situation with women in this type of MA. First, being Russian and growing up in Russia, I have never heard about it. If any such...
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    Need advice on how to prevent injury

    Thank you all for the advice! I will definitely check how I pivot on the left leg - I have a suspicion that because it's weaker, I feel less stable when it's a supporting one that results in, yes, less pivoting and more strain on joints.
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    Europe and freedom, not getting it...

    I would say it's a very risky topic to discuss - which country has more freedom. Coming from Russia (not Soviet Union that collapsed more than 20 years ago), I always had an impression that Americans have more freedom. When I came to the USA I was advised (behind closed doors) by University...
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    Need advice on how to prevent injury

    Dear all, I started tkd (WTF) about 10 months ago as an adult and constantly run into one annoying problem. My left leg is much weaker than the right one (I'm an ordinary right-handed person). A a result, I get minor damages in both the knee and hip joints in my left leg when the left leg is a...
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    Testing for a blue and white stripe belt...

    Tested sucessfully today for the next belt (blue with white stripe - the next one will be red). It was...hmm, interesting. First, I came to test in a completely stressed mood (no luck with my job search). I was sitting cross-legges on the floor among 50-70 other students contemplating the fact...
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    Beginning of the road

    Starting my blog and thoughts on martial arts training and my road to the black belt. I still feel a novice after 10 months in takewondo (WTF style), but I enjoy it enormously at all levels, both as a sport and a way of life. I wish I started to practice martial arts earlier (I'm 40 years old)...
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    Blog: MariaK

    Blog: MariaK
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    What age do you stop sparring?

    Last week we had an intra-school sparring competition and I won the first place (adult colored belt division). I'm 40 years old and had to spar a 22 year old girl in finals. We were of approximeately the same height/weight and started at the same time. So, I guess if you have not started tkd as...
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    What age do you stop sparring?

    Hmm, what's the difinition of full force? I mean we wear protective vests all the time and people get kicked hard - you do not tap the vest. I tried to kick lightly at the beginning (like when I was a white and yellow belt) but was immediately ordered to kick harder because of two reasons: 1) in...
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    What age do you stop sparring?

    At our dojang we spar 10-20 minutes at the end of each class, I mean really each class, no exceptions. Sparring starts with day one of training - it's always full contact and there is no difference whether you are young or old. And yes, we have 50 and 60 year olds who would spar you on a regular...
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    The role of patterns/forms/poomsae in Taekwondo

    First, let me state that TKD poomsae- this is what really brought me into TKD and martial arts. I have a privilege to train under the master who is the current USA national poomsae team member and medalist (2006 - to 2011) (although he was also a two times national champ in sparring/medalist of...
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    Teaching Taekwondo to beginners over the age of 40

    I'm a blue belt in TKD, close to 40. In my opinion, the mixed classes (kids and adults) are the worst. Like in today's class in a blue belt "subgoup" (3 adults and 2 kids of around 7-8 years old), we were learning a new poomsae. Kids were breaking disipline all the time, distracting the...
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    Annyong Taekwondo

    I wish I could train like this :) . Yes, the religious aspect in martial arts (as opposed to purely sport directions (liike WTF taekwondo) or military combat fighting (like Krav Maga or Systema)) is the hardest thing to be reconciled with. I tried to check available resources (e.g. the position...
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    Annyong Taekwondo

    I'm coming from the background where taekwondo (and other martial arts) is not commertialized like in the West. Yes, the perspective is very different, but it is difficult to say what is better. The problem is that when it's not commertiazlied - it means that it is not avaialble to any person...
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    Hello from Russia

    Thank you for greetings! I passed the blue belt test yesterday!!! Ye-e-s!
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    What got you people into the Martial Arts?

    My father died of pancreatic cancer a year ago (in Russia while I was working in the USA) and I felt terrible, lost any interst towards life. Then I understood that I needed something that would help me not to think about death and all the terrible things that happened in my family. So, it was...
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    Taekwondo Poomsae Competition: A Bad Idea?

    While I'm relatively new to taekwondo, I can definetely see positive aspects in poomsae competitions. First, it allows adult students (who are not professional athletes and are too old for sparring competitions) to compete and enjoy the sport aspect of taekwondo. Thus, you involve adults in the...
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    Hello from Russia

    Hello, everybody, I'm orignially from Russia and is living in the USA now where I started to train in taekwondo (WTF) 7 months ago (blue belt testing in 2 weeks, tested simultaneously for several lower belts to go quicker). MAs were prohibited in Russia until the beginning of 90s, and I guess...
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