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    Chuck Norris and TKD

    For the sake of brevity, I deleted part of my initial comment before posting. If Harvard Business School gave Bill Gates an honorary MBA, I'd be hard pressed to disagree. Similarly, giving Chuck Norris an honorary BB in TKD, in the alternate scenario that he never tested for it, would seem...
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    Chuck Norris and TKD

    I think if the "honorary" BB were given to someone skilled who never officially studied the art, that would make sense.
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    Chuck Norris and TKD

    On further review, I got one key fact wrong - the Canadian politician got his honorary BB (7th dan) in Ottawa (not Korea), whilst a Korean politician was visiting. It seems it was done purely by a local GM, so I guess that explains why I don't see it online.
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    Chuck Norris and TKD

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    Is there any technique in TaeKwonDo you have a pet peeve with?

    Biggest pet peeve is teaching the 1 step sparring technique of defending a punch with a crescent kick.
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    Hapkido instructor claims that jump spinning kicks in TKD came from Hapkido

    I think Bill Wallace said it best: "The problem with kicking is that you are standing on one foot".
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    Addressing people.

    Next someone will say they take issue with "Good morning" :)
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    Addressing people.

    Why is that? Does it seem not genuine to you? Personally , I hate "bro" and "dude".
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    Addressing people.

    I know a few women who find "Ma'am" insulting, making them feel like old ladies, but I've never heard of any men having a problem with "Sir".
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    Addressing people.

    Since this is TKD, there is also South Korea.
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    Is it legal to knock someone out with a capoeira kick in WT Taekwondo?

    No you can't touch the mat with any part of your body other than your feet.
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    Really bummed about my recent test

    Maybe due to moving to different cities and age (adult), I've always felt that my learning was my responsibility. (I attended 4 different schools before getting a black belt). I look to teachers to teach, then it is up to me to think about it and practise it.
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    Try this drill

    I'm not a fast person, so I have never found the full switch to be effective. However, once I started working out at a UFC gym, I was very impressed with the switch kicks the muy thai guys do. I found it to be much quicker. Finally I came across actor Scott Adkins comparison of the two...
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    For All The Taekwondo Bashers The Real Truth On Taekwondo From My View

    Back on topic, one of the key benefits for kids these days is just getting away from the phones and doing some activity of any sort.
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    For All The Taekwondo Bashers The Real Truth On Taekwondo From My View

    I'll add my own data point. It took me around 30 years to understand the effects of being "punished" . I grew up to be very distant. You only have yourself. In my younger days, a girl would say "I love you". I would think, "yeah, just wait. I'll do something without thinking that disappoints...
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    Spinning heel kick vs spinning hook kick

    I've been practising this one on the heavy bag. It's quite fun given that I come from WT where low kicks are not allowed. Not sure what I would call it though! When I think "wheel kick" I think low to high, like a wheel.
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    TaeKwonDo and hip surgery prevelance

    I once said to a talented young Korean master who had majored in TKD at university, "I read once that you can judge someone's TKD based on their side kick". He agreed.
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    TaeKwonDo and hip surgery prevelance

    I pracitised spinning hook kick quite a bit with shoes (by myself, in my 40's), and found that the whip action would eventually give me a sore hip. I ended up kicking worse with my "good" leg because that's the one I liked to practise, I had no soreness in my hip on the "bad" leg side. I saw...
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    WTF - Kukkiwon Certificates

    "Either" can mean "both".
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    Other Martial Art Teaching Taekwondo

    As a student I would enjoy the different perspective, but I would think the person would want to be explaining, "in..(other art)...we do it this way because.(e.g., punches to the head are allowed in competition)..."
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    Asking to be paid

    On the flipside, "beggars can't be choosers" and "free stuff is great if you're willing to pay the price". Schools shouldn't expect people to work for free, and be surprised if they cancel due to other commitments. IMO, if you are required to teach on certain days / times, that's being an...
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    Asking to be paid

    I remember a teen being expected to teach for free, while he was paying bus fare to and from school. He left.
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    Finally found a practical application for the augmented outside block

    If it were no rules, I would agree. But just like you can't punch to the head (WT), you can't punch toes.
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    Finally found a practical application for the augmented outside block

    I agree! I was class sparring one guy who would "low block" my turning kicks. But what he really was doing was hammer punching my toes on purpose. I told him the first time to not block my kicks because he is hitting my toes. After he kept doing it, I got quite annoyed and was more direct...
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    What should a TKD Black Belt know? What should a TKD Black Belt learn?

    I can see your point in WTF rules sparring.I don't practice WTF sparring so for me it's an art kick. The fellow I mentioned had done a rear leg hook kick in a MT fight, and so I had asked why.
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    What should a TKD Black Belt know? What should a TKD Black Belt learn?

    Yup...I was sparring as a colour belt (WTF TKD ruleset) against a 3rd dan and my first thought as the foot passed me was "what....he totally missed" then it came back down at about 45 degree angle. I learnt my lesson! Still, the kick IMO is more about practice (or art) than practical.
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    What should a TKD Black Belt know? What should a TKD Black Belt learn?

    Forums > Korean Martial Arts Talk > Tae-Kwon-Do > What should a TKD Black Belt know? I am of the opinion that a BB should know what is useful for sport, useful for self defence, and what is just art. Too often I think BB's think that the arty parts are good for self defence. Example....I...
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    Little brat

    Especially if the guy deserves it.
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    Where are your stripes?

    I would say the young adult had thought about techniques less then me and was therefore a little less able to answer questions then me. For example, the master asked about which leg moves first when moving forward, and the young adult said "back leg. Always the back leg." Having taken some...
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