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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    I'm going to agree with Andy here. When Mr WaterGal did the Master Course, he discovered that our old Korean immigrant teacher had been teaching some things in the Taegeuk forms the way that he learned growing up in Korea in the 80s, and hadn't really kept up with what KKW was doing since. So we...
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    II dan certificate lost - United Tae Kwon Do Union

    Do you recall what federation/organization name was on the certificate? (Kukkiwon, ITF, ATA, etc) If you got a Kukkiwon dan certificate, you should be able to go on their website and look it up in their database. However, you have to spell your name exactly the same as it was spelled on your...
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    You can take the Level 1 Kukkiwon Master Instructor course before 4th dan, but you get some kind of probationary certificate until you get your 4th dan.
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    I think it's worth keeping in mind that, as OP alludes to in their post, TKD and BJJ have extremely different ideas about what level of experience/expertise each belt color represents. A TKD black belt is, IMO, roughly analogous to a BJJ blue belt, while a BJJ black belt is more like a TKD 5th...
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    Utility of an Independent Instructors Only Organization

    What are you looking to gain by being part of an organization? I don't say that to discourage you, but rather to possibly point you to some resources that already exist. Maybe a federation isn't what you need. If you're looking to network with different martial arts school owners/instructors...
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    Can you become a good fighter by just sparring/wrestling only?

    This. There are exceptional people out there who may, with enough time and practice, intuitively figure out technique and strategy on their own. Just like some people can learn to write a song without much formal music instruction, or can teach themselves to cook really well by just messing...
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    Can you become a good fighter by just sparring/wrestling only?

    At the risk of this turning into a huge political thing.... I think the fact that many police officers lack the training and experience needed to be comfortable getting into a hand-to-hand situation is actually a major problem, and leads to them using their firearm when it could have been avoided.
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    Why do people say to never kick air?

    It is pushing back. Newton's 3rd law of motion: every action causes an equal and opposite reaction. You're exerting force against the pad, and the pad pushes your force back against you to stop your strike. When you kick or punch air, there's no push back, so your own arm or leg muscles have to...
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    Opinion on school's pricing plan

    Requiring you to pay for 2 months of classes before you can even watch a class is pretty weird. IME, most schools do one of two things. They either 1) let people come and take a free class (maybe a few free classes) to try it out, or 2) they have a low-priced trial membership, like 2 weeks for...
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    It really is the system.

    My guess is that the Aikido guy was working on practicing defenses against a striking opponent, and got a striking opponent to strike at him. The striking guy is probably either not very skilled (blue belt in TKD tends to be around 1-2 years of experience, so that may well be the case), or he's...
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    How often i am gonna get kicked in the nuts if i join a martial arts class?

    Just in case OP is actually serious and not a troll.... In real life, not very often. You probably will have it happen once in a while by accident. I was doing BJJ the other day and there was a guy who accidentally kneed his partner during a takedown. In striking styles, somebody might throw a...
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    New karate kid tv series

    I feel like Eagle Fang was the most realistic part of the show lol. I've definitely seen my share of martial arts logos that are, like, a tiger wielding a katana with a lightening bolt in the background and school name "Golden Tiger Claw Karate Academy of Town, State" in fake Japanese font...
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    We had 8 kids take a Zoom kids BJJ class today. They did well, and had fun drilling basic techniques with their mom or dad at home. Now, if they're having trouble, it can be harder to give them good feedback, especially if their camera stinks or they don't have good lighting in their living...
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    A lot of people do have another person present in their home. Sometimes multiple people! And they might have even more people who come over to their house sometimes.
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    Oh yeah, I don't mean that people should prioritize martial arts training over feeding their family. But sometimes, people have some financial hardship that's not that serious - they just need to reduce their bills a little bit to make things work. So maybe, they take kung fu class and guitar...
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    Bunhae/application

    We picked out a few applications for each form, and teach those. For the beginners, it tends to be more like... basic principles of fighting. Like, a low level form will have a kick and then a double punch, and we'd say that what that's teaching is that you shouldn't just do one strike and stop...
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    How much do you feel technique evaluations are subjective?

    In order to evaluate a performance objectively, you need to have agreed-upon standards of what a successful technique is, what things are critical to do and what things are critical to avoid. If we're talking about martial arts in general, across all styles and organizations, then no such...
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    Okay, yeah, we have our students on automatic monthly billing to their credit or debit card.
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    Yeah, for sure. However, sometimes people will say "I can't afford it" instead of "it's not a priority for me".
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    The only "EBT' I'm familiar with is "electronic benefits transfer", which refers to government programs like SNAP and TANF that pay benefits onto a debit card. I don't think many of our students are on EBT. We have a couple dozen students who joined before Covid and are still paying their...
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    Keeping students in the age of Covid

    That's rough. We lost about 40% of our students in the first few months of covid, and have had some more quit since, but we've had enough growth since then that we're "only" down about 25% over where we were a year ago. Are you offering Zoom classes for students who aren't comfortable coming...
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    I'm creating a story based on martial arts ...

    It depends on how strict the Covid restrictions are in their location. Where I live (eastern US), I don't think there are any local tournaments going on, but we're still able to have classes as long as class size is reduced and people wear a mask. But I've heard there are some places where...
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    I'm creating a story based on martial arts ...

    Honestly, I think that making up a fictional martial art style is probably your best bet. If you use a real martial art style and depict it very inaccurately, then people who actually do that style will complain or laugh at you (see: the recent Nicholas Cage "jiu-jitsu" movie, which BJJ people...
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    Martial arts Japan

    I think you've gotten some good advice on here. Another thing to keep in mind is that Japan is currently not allowing any international travel into their country. So it may be a while before you're able to make this trip.
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    Grandmaster Yoon

    Had a few minutes and was curious. I can't find any history of previous leadership on the IHF website. There's no mention of either of these gentlemen in Marc Tedeschi's comprehensive "Hapkido" book among his list of important HKD masters or early post-WW2 students of GM Choi. Tedeschi does...
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    Grandmaster Yoon

    Hmm, I'll have to do some digging. Sung-Kwan Myung's father, Jae-nam Myung, was the founder and chairman (head) of the IHF until his death, but I can't find anything about previous presidents.
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    Grandmaster Yoon

    Okay, to follow up, I looked at Mr Ki C Yoon's website, and his website is a little light on actual information (though it does include a fictionalized history of Hapkido that says GM Choi learned it from secret monks in the mountains of Korea, which is a pet peeve of mine). However, he includes...
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    Grandmaster Yoon

    The President of the International Hapkido Federation is Sung-Kwan Myung. The IHF is based out of Yongin, South Korea.
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    Kukkiwon Benefits

    Oof. Stuff like this is why KKW is going to be making the Master course required to promote people, I think. So many people just don't even know these basic things.
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    Kukkiwon Benefits

    Yeah, most parents just want their kid to do martial arts because they want their kid to have more confidence and get some exercise. They don't know Taekwondo from karate, nevermind KKW from ITF. I will say we do sometimes get a new student who studied KKW TKD before and wants to continue...
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