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    opening dojo branch under sensei's name - appropriate fee/percentage?

    Does your sensei have a hugely successful school with name recognition that you need to pay for? Is he providing you with business systems for recruitment, retention, staff training, etc? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    How often i am gonna get kicked in the nuts if i join a martial arts class?

    Who needs a cup? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Spinning Hook Kick - Foot First or Hip First?

    We use the term back hook kick, although we teach a sidekick style chamber position. Our initial turning of the back and pivot of the feet is identical for back kick and back hook kick. For back hook kick, the knee is then raised with the hip of the kicking leg pointing in the direction of the...
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    Footwork

    IMO, footwork needs to be practiced both on its own and with kicks and strikes. Footwork controls distance and angle, so you should practice until you can use any stepping motion in any direction without needing to think about it. For Taekwondo, we break footwork down into 10 basic stepping...
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    Kukkiwon Benefits

    This is especially true given that lots of people are clueless even though theyve trained for long periods of time. I talked to an instructor who told me their school used to practice Taegeuk poomsae but switched to Palgwae because it was official World Taekwondo Federation poomsae. They also...
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    Kukkiwon Benefits

    Agreed. Most people dont even know what they dont know. They make a decision based on a number of factors. For some its convenience. For some its price. For some its a gut feeling. For almost no one its what organization you got your certificate from. I have my Kukkiwon certificates...
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    Kukkiwon Benefits

    Before I say that it mostly doesnt really matter to almost any prospective student who doesnt have prior training...I provide Kukkiwon certification to all of my black belts. I am Kukkiwon certified as a black belt and as an instructor. It is important to me. However, its important to me...
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    Kukkiwon Benefits

    You can get a Kukkiwon black belt in one year in Korea. As an instructor, you can make your students train as long as you want before black belt. If you want it to take 20 years to get a 1st Dan, you can do it. Generally speaking, Kukkiwon allows qualified instructors to set their own...
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    Double Black Belt?

    Certainly Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Double Black Belt?

    WTF (now WT) doesnt give out ranks, so its not possible to earn (a legitimate) black belt from them. You could in theory earn ITF and Kukkiwon rank if your instructor was qualified and connected to both groups. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Trembling shock?

    In the old days, trembling shock was required to score a point in WTF (now WT) competition. A kick had to hit hard enough to move or displace the opponent. Trembling shock no longer applies to todays Taekwondo competition sparring. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Those 40 Kwans

    In my experience, youre on the mark, Andy. You would never use nim in reference to yourself. Nim is an honorific. Youve already given several examples, so I wont bother with more. In my experience, people err on the side of respectful pretty much all the time. For the vast majority of us...
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    The purpose of crescent kicks?

    The primary purpose for crescent kicks seems to be so that Chuck Norris will have something to do on TV. Taekwondo players sometimes use inside crescent kick (or a crescent kick/axe kick hybrid) when in close to an opponent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    TKD Syntax

    I use Taekwondo because its the official Kukkiwon way to represent 窷. I capitalize Taekwondo because I consider it a proper noun. I recognize Taekwon-Do as being representative of ITF style schools. In the absence of a different name, these two written methods make good sense to me. Id...
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    TKD Syntax

    Have to admit, Ive never seen taedwondo before [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Would you label this a spinning back kick or side kick or hybrid?

    To be clear, it doesnt matter to me what style Taekwondo the instructor is from. It was clear from the video at least to me that the instructor was talking about ITF Taekwondo and the ITF encyclopedia. I simply find it needless to concern myself with details that have little to no bearing on...
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    Would you label this a spinning back kick or side kick or hybrid?

    To me, it looks like hes doing what Id call back kick when he demonstrates on air, but usually does more what I consider side kick when he hits BOB. He also includes several meaningless (IMO) details (arms should be 25 cm from the body) that seem to be based on a picture from General Chois...
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    Would you label this a spinning back kick or side kick or hybrid?

    There is a ton of variance in Taekwondo schools. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Would you label this a spinning back kick or side kick or hybrid?

    I dont think there is a universal definition. Ive seen lots of schools that do spinning side kicks but call it spinning back kick. In my school, they are two distinct techniques. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Would you label this a spinning back kick or side kick or hybrid?

    Are you intentionally throwing a hybrid kick? If so, why? If you have a good reason and its solid, Im not sure it matters what kick it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Would you label this a spinning back kick or side kick or hybrid?

    Id call that a spinning/reverse side kick from a Kukkiwon perspective. With a back kick, the knee of the kicking leg would face down toward the floor. If the knee chambers out toward the side, its a sidekick. We dont use the term spinning since that implies a circular motion. We want back...
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    Anyone else feel extremely demotivated over lockdown?

    Feelings arent right or wrong. Theyre feelings. Theres nothing wrong with feelings themselves. I was commenting about mindset. A better mindset allows a person to take positive action. And Im not necessarily assuming anything about you personally. Im talking about my own observations of...
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    Anyone else feel extremely demotivated over lockdown?

    Classes are fun if we make them fun. Students learn if we set them up to learn. To me, its not virtual vs in-person. We offer virtual classes because some people need virtual classes. Theres no need to compare virtual to in-person. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Anyone else feel extremely demotivated over lockdown?

    Whos invalidating anything? Your feelings are your feelings. Practically everyone is in the same boat. I depend on my martial arts school to feed my family. So its on me to make virtual classes not suck. I teach in-person classes at the dojang, virtual classes via Zoom, and in-person classes...
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    Anyone else feel extremely demotivated over lockdown?

    Yes! Take ownership of everything. There are, of course, circumstances that we cant control, but I think its better to assume full accountability for our own results rather than blaming others or blaming circumstances. Its painful sometimes, but hard lessons are often the most valuable...
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    Anyone else feel extremely demotivated over lockdown?

    What a downer! If everything sucks, you need to work on your mindset. Its certainly a challenge, but supposedly martial arts is supposed to give us the discipline and attitude to handle adversity. How much time was/is spent teaching the students and parents how to participate in virtual...
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    What exactly is the difference between "modern" and "old-school" Taekwondo?

    True, but as adults, we are responsible for our own actions. I dont care why youre a jerk (not you, sir). I care THAT youre a jerk. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    What exactly is the difference between "modern" and "old-school" Taekwondo?

    While their are undoubtedly some egos amongst some Korean GMs, the most annoyingly egotistical martial artists Ive come across have been American masters. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Really bummed about my recent test

    Unless youre running a fight gym, your credentials arent really all that important most of the time. Far more important is what you can do to benefit the student. When I sit down to enroll a student, my rank comes up maybe 1% of the time. I do mention my years of experience and my education...
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