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    karate question from a tkd guy

    I have recently started cross training in shotokan and Im really enjoying it, after nearly eight years of tkd. I was wondering if someone could explain to me in "simple terms" the difference between shotokan, isshin ryu, goju ryu and wado ryu karate and which set of kata each one does. Im not...
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    Warm up

    Do you believe warm up should be part of class or do you think students should get to class early and warm themselves up before a very brief warm up at the start of class. Im noticing more and more classes around the place dedicating twenty minutes or more of a one hour class to warm up...
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    shotokan cross training

    Ive got a bit of spare time on my hands this year and a reputable shotokan club has started running classes out of a hall that is only walking distance from my house. I am due to go for my second dan in tkd anytime from now but thought I might start doing a couple of shotokan classes a week to...
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    Demos

    Do the clubs you train/instruct at do demos as part of attracting new students? If so, do you have a specialised demo team, or is just whoever is available on the day? Also, do you have a set demonstration that you stick to, or does it change each time or does it get made up on the day? And, do...
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    full contact sparring?

    Firstly, please dont let this become a sport vs old school debate. Im having a few friday night beers with a mate and the subject of full contact sparring came up. Do you guys spar full contact in day to day classes or is it something done rarely or even not at all? The club my friend trains at...
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    Spin hook kick

    This question is mainly aimed at the sports tkdists out there so I can get a new perspective. I attended grading on monday night and paid particular attention to the sparring. There was a 4th gup there who was one of the best exponents of the spin hook in sparring that Ive seen (bear in mind...
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    anybody practice this style?

    looks pretty cool!
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    Training away from dojang

    Im just curious as to how much time people spend training at home or away from class. My instructor always said you should spend at least 1 hour training at home for each hour spent in class but this seems unrealistic for some people due to family, work, other hobbies etc. Ive trained with...
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    The 'average guy on the street'

    More and more I hear people talk about how martial arts "arent what they used to be" and how they "give people the false impression they can fight", or "if you tried that on the street you would see why it doesnt work" or "the public perception of a black belt is so wrong, most black belts these...
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    Grading tonight

    Tonight my wife and daughter grade for 2nd gup and my son grades for 7th gup. I have to sit up the front with all the black belts and watch. Ive just realised I think I get more nervous watching my kids grade then when I grade. I know they know their stuff, but one slip up and they fail which...
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    Grading requirements

    I am just wondering if there is a set standard of grading requirements with the kukkiwon. From what I understand from reading here there are no coloured belt requirements, if true at what point are there set requirements or is it up to the individual club to set their gradings? I know the forms...
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    Re-breakable boards

    With me, my wife and my 2 kids all doing tkd I was thinking of getting some re-breakable boards for practicing at home. I was hoping some of you more experienced tkdists cold give me some ideas on good brands, cost and different thicknesses etc. Also, how long do they last? Thanks in advance.
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    The 540 kick

    Do you guys see this kick as a definite part of the tkd curriculum or just an added extra you or your students can learn? Im asking because more and more I get the impression that to non tkdists they think the 540 kick goes with learning tkd. Yet again, the other day I had a friend of a friend...
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    Fitness?

    This was sort of touched on in another thread, the breakdown in class of fitness, poomsae, sparring etc. Im just curious how much emphasis do you guys put on fitness in class? Do you believe fitness is something the students should work on in their own time and the dojang is for learning tkd? Do...
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    how long to first dan in your club?

    Im sure this has been done to death, but with the recent discussions here regarding 1st dans, and some new people around the place I thought it would be interesting to see from club to club and country to country and org to org how the time compares. So, how long does it take a student to get to...
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    "Biggest loser" good for business.

    The latest series of 'the biggest loser' has started over here and this time they have a new trainer. She is a 5th dan tkd instructor and trains the biggest losers using tkd in her dojang. On occasion the students wear their uniform and white belt and she trains them and gives them hell. It is...
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    Training camps

    Im just wondering if your clubs do them, and if so, what they entail. We have one coming up and I am relly looing forward to it. We do ours at the beach, we camp on the beach or at a nearby caravan park. They start on a friday night and finish up on the sunday. We have a saturday morning...
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    Questions regarding certification

    I was just wondering a couple of things. Firstly what dan do you have to be to promote your own students in a kukki school? Im sure I heard someone say 4th dan but I wasnt sure. Also, people have commented here that my GM should give me a kukki cert becasue what I do is basically kukki tkd. If...
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    GM's

    I was wondering what your thoughts are regarding retirement/semi-retirement of GM's. Do you feel that a GM should remain active within his club right through till they pass away? Is there a point where they can let go of the reigns and have less and less involvement in their club or do they owe...
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    BJJ question

    A friend of mine (non martial artist at this stage) is looking at starting BJJ. He is wanting to do a martial art soley for self defence reasons, not fitness, flexibility, make friends etc, basically learning to defend himself is the number 1 priority. He asked me if doing BJJ by itself would be...
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    unwanted lay-off

    I dont know if you guys over there have heard about the floods destroying Queensland at the moment, my brother lives in denmark and said its all over the news there so maybe its made news in US also. Anyway, I am high and dry but only about 15 klm from the devastation but our state and cities...
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    How much experience required?

    I know this may vary from one martial art to the other but Im curious to get some feedback. I was discussing with a friend of mine how much experience is required to start your own club while maintaining credibilty. Would you train at a school where the owner/operator has had 10 years of martial...
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    cross training

    What do your GM's and instructors think of cross training? Do they encourage it or would they take offence to you seeking out new/different martial arts? I know many old school GM's do not like the idea and say the best way to gain knowlege is to "dig one hole" as "man who digs many holes will...
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    sparring ruleset question

    A friend and I were discussing the rulesets for kyokushin karate and tkd the other day. All I know of kyokushin is what I have seen on youtube (not a very reliable resource) and I was wondering what the differences are from a ruleset perspective between kyokushin karate sparring and wtf(olympic)...
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    Question regarding black belt rank

    At our school we go from 1st gup/kup (3rd red belt) to black belt and then after a year we grade for first degree black belt. I have spoken to a lot of people who have never heard of a 'straight' black belt and say that they go from 1st gup to 1st degree black belt and others I have spoken to...
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    a question for those of you who regularly see top sport tkdists

    I was having a discussion with a fellow tkdist the other day and we were discussing 'sport/olympic' tkd and the fact that its perceived to have little to no use on the 'street'. Now I dont do sport tkd and neither does he so we dont get to see a lot of the real top tkdists who compete. I...
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    kids training with adults

    Im just curious as to where you guys stand on this. My club we all train together but obviously the instructor divides the class up and uses his high ranking black belts as sort of sub instructors to help out and it seems to work fine but I have always wished we had adults only classes. Recently...
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    Sprained thumb

    I sprained my thumb quite badly at tkd tonight. I have done this once before but not this badly. I was just wondering if people who have had this injury themselves could let me know how long it took to heal completely and if a break from tkd was necessary. Also any advice on strapping and...
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    A question for the wing chun practitioners

    I am a tkdist, I have a 1st degree black belt and I love the art. I have found lately that I finally have a bit more time on my hands and was looking at perhaps delving into another art. I really like the idea of wing chun as it appears to be good for close range fighting and I figure that it...
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    Passed my first dan grading

    Its finally over, and I passed. Ive been training heavily for 6 months leading into it but fell ill 2 weeks ago and have barely been able to get out of bed. I lost 7 kilograms (which is a lot when you only weigh 80) and was only starting to get better on thursday and graded saturday. It is...
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