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    Pepper spray in a black belt test?

    http://www.dukatzacademy.com This would be the website of the school. Take a look at the kid assistant instructors. I didn't see any black belts much younger than that, but still, this should show you the age range of the kids he's blasting in the face. It's a great facility for sure, but to...
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    Pepper spray in a black belt test?

    Hello. After leaving my school of 9 years for personal reasons, I started looking for a new school. There was another in town that I gave a look. I spoke with the man who runs it. He answered all questions up front in a straightforward manner, no contracts, great facility. All of the...
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    Olympic TKD Knockouts

    While those were fun to watch, I couldn't help but ask one question.... How many of those knockouts could have been prevented by simply keeping their hands up? Why on earth do those fighters keep their hands down like that?
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    Asking a Student to Leave

    I've only known of two students being kicked out, and both for the same reasons. Student a's case was a lack hygiene and lack of respect for other peoples air. At the age of 16, he left a solid turd on the dojang floor, completely throwing an atom-bomb in my instructor's lesson plan for that...
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    I've got a situation...

    Ok... now here comes a new tidbit that has my blood boiling just a teensy bit. As stated earlier, last Friday I opened the school, as my instructor was away. It snowed alot where I live, to the point where it was debated whether or not I kept the school open for the afternoon classes. When my...
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    I've got a situation...

    Well, let's look at it this way... -I've taken a week of my vacation twice that the Sabunim has known about to cover for my instructor's vacation on two occasions. I actually have a key so I can open the school in emergencies. -Every day he gets a running toll of all the people who help out in...
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    I've got a situation...

    First off, to clear up the confusion, Kacey, this is the terminology as I've been taught: Kwonjunim (sp?)-Grandmaster Sabunim- Master Instructor Posabunim- Instructor Kyokwonim- Assistant instructor Now, to answer some of the questions... No, I'm not a minor, I'm 26. I never felt that the other...
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    I've got a situation...

    No thoughts at all?
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    I've got a situation...

    Not sure if this is the place, but here it goes. Please forgive the lengthy background: I am an assistant instructor at a local TKD school. I have been a regular student for over 7 years, and I have been helping out with instruction for 5 of them. For the past 2 years, I have been running the...
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    The Honda FCX 2008 fuel cell car

    Ok, let's take a look at one of the best ways to get Hydrogen. You take water, run an electric current through it, and you get the hydrogen and oxygen separating. This takes electricity. A good portion of our electricity comes from what? Fossil fuels. So what's the solution? There has been a...
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    How do you do Kum Gang?

    We are taught to do the stomp at each of the four kum gang blocks. To lead into that stance, we sweep with the non-pivoting leg, as if to pull the opponents' leg off balance. The stomp is then meant to break their knee. This is the interpretation that I seem to understand best. Anyone have any...
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    Improving TKD's Image

    Which is why I'm glad to be training at my dojang. The problem is that the training I get isn't the training that the public sees. In our Wal-Mart society, the only organizations that hit the public eye are those with the most money. Such is the case of the WTF in the Olympics. The WTF system of...
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    Improving TKD's Image

    To improve TKD's image, I would try to make sparring more combative and a lot less like a glorified game of tag. How about allowing head punches? How about allowing kicks to the legs? How about allowing fights to go to the ground instead of stopping the match? If we made all of those changes...
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    Introducing Heavier Contact

    For the kids classes, we will sometimes devote an entire class session in teaching them to give and receive hard hits. We have them partnered, and one will stay in a defensive stance while the other kicks. We usually encourage those who hit weakly to increase their power. For head shots, we have...
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    Thats soooo gay

    Here's a question: Why is it that the students who were bad-mouthing her religion weren't disciplined? While I disagree with alot of beliefs of the Mormon church, I don't think it's right to make fun of their members. If those students had asked a Muslim student where their turban was, or if...
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    Government Bailouts of Private Businesses

    The problem with that is that they all don't fail at the same time. Let's say Delta fails. Ok, now AirTran and Southwest can now swoop in to new hangars, new routes, and even purchase the planes that were used in those routes. They can now use their own successful business administration to turn...
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    Government Bailouts of Private Businesses

    Sounds alot like many airlines...... They tend to run their businesses at a loss because they know Uncle Sam will bail them out. The workers get screwed while CEOs get their huge salaries. What should be done is to let these businesses fail. They will have capital for sale. For example, the...
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    Tips on making a demo?

    I think the story and information part is pretty good. That's something I feel I can incorporate into it. However, some of your advice might not apply as it will be in a nursing home, and there may be only one or two staff members. The rest of the observers are mostly wheel chair bound, and...
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    Tips on making a demo?

    I'm toying with the idea of coordinating a demonstration to entertain the residents at a nursing home that I work at. I would be working with the children to perform forms, breaking, and self-defense scenes. Only potential problem I see, is that I would need to make it at least half an hour. In...
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    Need some help!

    A few things I think of readily: 1. It's the first form that DOESN'T start with a low block, turning left. 2. It's the first form that uses a side kick and a spear knife-hand. 3. It's the first form that has two kihaps, one in the middle, one at the end. 4. It's the only taeguk form that's...
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    Un

    Personally, I think we should withdraw from the U.N. entirely. We provide more capital to that organization than any other country, and they constantly badmouth us. We let countries that harvest organs from political prisoners be on the Human Rights council. Corruption runs rampant. Ambassadors...
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    Sparring the handicapped

    Well, I'm glad to know that I handled it well. I've been beating myself up over it. He is one of the nicest and hardest working students in the school, and I don't want to do anything to break his spirit. In retrospect, I don't think that's something that can really be done.
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    Sparring the handicapped

    Last Saturday, my school held its annual tournament. This is a tourney which stays within our chain only, and is meant to bring all our different branches together. This has always been a fun experience, and I have been able to share good times with many students from our other schools...
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    Demo Music Problem. HELP!!!!

    Funny you should say that. One of my fellow students mentioned that song, but we don't know who it is.
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    Demo Music Problem. HELP!!!!

    Umm... no. We're kind of hoping for songs that would not call our sexuality into question.
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    Demo Music Problem. HELP!!!!

    Ok, my school is preparing a demo for our inter-school tourney this week. Normally, we've used hard rock and heavy metal, and have taken first place more times than any other school. Because of this, My sabunim has allowed my posabunim and the students free reign in demo planning. However, this...
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    In loving memory of Ciara

    Today would have been Ciara's golden birthday. Happy birthday, Ciara.
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    Head brick break

    Well, this is something that I was toying with in preparation for our team's demo competition. This isn't something I have set in stone; it's something I wanted to research. Instead of just doing it, I wanted to see if anyone here had experience with it. Oh, and Fluffy, does the hairline thing...
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    Head brick break

    Hello, I am toying with the idea of breaking a brick with my noggin. However, I know that this brings on a lot of safety concerns. I am seeking information on these following concerns: 1. Angle: Which is the safest angle to approach this at? 2. Height: What would the safest height, in...
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    Man Shot By Taser Dies

    Here are a few ideas.. 1. If he didn't commit a crime, he would be alive. 2. If he would have completely complied with the officer, he would be alive. 3. If he was not in a stable mental condition, (which could be demonstrated by his stabbing a car with a pitchfork), he could be a great...
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