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  1. dancingalone

    Recommended Taekwondo magacines and postcasts?

    A Killing Art by Alex Gillis is a look at the beginning days of TKD. Read it with healthy scepticism, but it is an enjoyable expose about the seedy part of TKD history. Depending on the type of TKD you do, your style's manuals should be mandatory to study. They can give you a wealth of...
  2. dancingalone

    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    Certainly the hapkido that comes from Ji Han Jae (arguably the founder of hapkido but I don't care to have that argument here) does. GM Ji 'invented' many kicks that aren't generally trained in taekwondo.
  3. dancingalone

    discouraged by the TKD community

    This is an interesting discussion and I thank you and dvcochran for having it without too much acrimony. I would like to add my own perspective as a person that started TKD (ITF-ish but not really) as a youth, moved onto karate and other arts for most of my life, and then came back to TKD...
  4. dancingalone

    Tips for Sanchin

    I was inspired almost a decade ago by that video of Morio Higaonna from Goju-ryu and Gushi from Pan Gai Noon, and a Crane master all doing their all version of Sanchin at the same time. I traveled to Taiwan and studied a bit of crane gong fu to see the connection between my karate and either an...
  5. dancingalone

    Tips for Sanchin

    No offense taken, I wasn't there. That said the story I heard isn't that Miyagi himself changed the form. His students did, out of respect maybe, maybe for other more logical reasons. But your point is well-taken. Did Shimabuku Sensei state anywhere that his Sanchin without the turns is as...
  6. dancingalone

    Sanchin kata art piece

    Who knew that Groot was a Goju-ryu karate-ka? LOL
  7. dancingalone

    Tips for Sanchin

    My Sanchin has turns in it. The one without turns is newer and stems from Miyagi Sensei sitting down in his later years while watching class or giving instruction. The students ceased turning because they wanted to face Miyagi the whole duration of the kata. At least that is the story I heard.
  8. dancingalone

    Tips for Sanchin

    As a taekwondoin, have you thought about taking some of the same alignment ideas Sanchin teaches and extrapolating it to your hyung? It won't be exactly the same due to the different in range within TKD vs. Goju-ryu, but you will find plenty of crossover that might give you a different way of...
  9. dancingalone

    discouraged by the TKD community

    There are several Chang Moo Kwan lineage practitioners here in the USA that continue to practice the older curriculum which included the Chuan Fa forms like Do Ju San, etc. They also do the usual karate lineage hyung like Bassae Dae and Chul Gi. Moreover, I understand that GM Nam Suk Lee had...
  10. dancingalone

    Getting Back to Tournaments

    Really it depends on the area and the martial art. I know some BJJ schools that have never stopped rolling during this whole time. Not sure about karate tournaments, but we have been sparring at my school since late last year. No one is forced to if they don't want to, and students are...
  11. dancingalone

    Meandering thoughts

    One of the best thank yous I received was from a former student that also became a teacher... just not of martial arts. She became a professor in one of the natural sciences fields and prefers to focus on instruction of undergraduates. I still keep the note around as a keepsake and I cherish...
  12. dancingalone

    Chuck Norris and TKD

    He was with General Choi for a short time, certainly not decades. I don't really think of him as part of the unification at all. He really wasn't an ITF/General Choi man, nor was he part of the group that ousted Choi and created the Kukkiwon. By the way, you obviously don't know the history...
  13. dancingalone

    Chuck Norris and TKD

    I am in Jhoon Rhee's lineage for tae kwon do. He was a relatively senior Chung Do Kwan practitioner before the tae kwon do unification. I doubt he would have been offended by someone referring to him as tang soo do, despite being known in some circles as the "Father of American Tae Kwon Do".
  14. dancingalone

    Chuck Norris and TKD

    Surprised this one is being argued. Chuck Norris' chain of studios that he opened with Pat Johnson in California taught Tang Soo Do. Johnson played the referee in the Karate Kid movie and taught the cast some moves. He is well-known in the Tang Soo Do world and so even before the recent Cobra...
  15. dancingalone

    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    I don't have a strong opinion about it. I think utility depends a lot on the type of show you are wearing. Flip-flops not so much. Running shoes probably would work. Many years ago I had cause to use a roundhouse kick when wearing wingtip shoes. I instinctively adapted and used the pointed...
  16. dancingalone

    Why are almost all instructors

    Organizations are common and dare I say it, even desirable at times. Much of it is about supporting a senior master financially so he can make a living solely from martial arts, permitting him to travel and teach across the country or world. I have been a member of the United States Aikido...
  17. dancingalone

    Online training?

    Then you know plenty already to practice by yourself. Just do that until you feel it is less risky to find a new teacher.
  18. dancingalone

    Online training?

    How much martial arts experience do you have? Why not just train the material you know already? Add to it some stretching, physical conditioning, and shadow boxing/bag work, and you have plenty to keep busy until you feel comfortable seeking new instruction. There is a plethora of videos on...
  19. dancingalone

    List of current admin team?

    That was meant as a jab at me, but I would just point out you felt the need to ask that the moderation team be made more diverse not me. You are being disingenous in your accusation. Done with this topic. It speaks for itself.
  20. dancingalone

    List of current admin team?

    The lack of traffic stems from other causes I suspect. The substantial discussions have moved to Facebook or to private forums and groups. I asked not too long ago what happened to this forum, and someone suggested FB. I looked up the topics I was interested in and was reunited with some...
  21. dancingalone

    List of current admin team?

    Not really interested in a debate on this, but I would pose the thought why does everything have to be 'woke'? I would rather just discuss martial arts without the bull. And yes, I am a minority. If I see politics outside of the study, that would be a fine reason for me to limit my already...
  22. dancingalone

    Trimming Heavy Uniforms (Shureido)

    The local MDK school uses a seamstress to do it. She just utilizes an industrial sewing maching to sew on piping. She doesn't stitch 5 rows down the lapel like you see on the original uniform. Just enough to secure the trim professionally. Are you requiring they do it that way? If so, I...
  23. dancingalone

    lack of serious martial artists

    I have a long time student that attends regularly for months at a time and then drops out for one reason or another. I understand this, life happens. The main problem is that he has bad retention of material yet he qualified for dan at one point. When he pops back up again, he's very...
  24. dancingalone

    One step sparring and self defense portion of my 7th dan test.

    Congratulations on your promotion, sir!
  25. dancingalone

    In light of the Olympics: Kata hoarding and the negative effects.

    Collecting kata. Basically having more in your practice than you can develop meaningfully. Subjective though. Not everyone practices for the same reason and if someone wants to learn 100 different kata, let them be happy in my opinion.
  26. dancingalone

    What's your favorite hyung?

    Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
  27. dancingalone

    What's your favorite hyung?

    In my part of the United States, schools that teach the Chang Hon forms without the sine wave movement are still common. It has to do with Jhoon Rhee's pioneering days in the region as an early TKD instructor and his champion students like Allen Steen, etc. In fact, I only know of 1 club...
  28. dancingalone

    Secret hyung in Korea? Tang soo do, soo bahk do

    I do know Hwa Rang. Did the non-sinewave version. I came up in Jhoon Rhee TKD (he was a Chung Do Kwan early BB that converted to General Choi's forms but he dissolved his ties with Choi before the general added the sinewave movement). As far as I know it is a TKD form and it would be uncommon...
  29. dancingalone

    Secret hyung in Korea? Tang soo do, soo bahk do

    You mean Hwa Sun? There are at least two of those floating around. I don't know it myself but I don't particularly care to learn it. If you already know and are studying an internal style, I say stick with it instead of going into a blind alley with GM Hwang's inventions. I do not hold...
  30. dancingalone

    Secret hyung in Korea? Tang soo do, soo bahk do

    I am not sure why some on this thread find the idea unbelievable. It is in my opinion actually common. Look at the Chinese arts, there's plenty of forms/sets reserved for favorite students or 'family'. I mean the same thing happens everywhere - it doesn't have to be a form we are talking...
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