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    Kukkiwon certification

    Baek, Moon Ku. Was a direct student of Hwang Kee and along with his brothers were seniors in moodukwan before war forced them south. He was at the 1st military base, with Choi, Hong Hi, as a teacher. He left for Colorado in late 50's early 60's to teach at rocky mountain TKD (Serrif) and...
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    Kukkiwon certification

    I was part of a school in theb80s/90s that was TKD but not ITF or KKW. We did hyungs and poomsae and both types of sparring. Was 5th dan then GM passed and locals wouldn't allow us at events anymore as black belts /poom cause we didn't have KKW certificates. I met a GM who was running a supply...
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    WTF - Kukkiwon Certificates

    If you are a 4th dan kukkiwon then you have to go to the kukkiwon website and look for the dan/poom promotion tab. Join, provide needed documents and once approved you log in and apply.
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    What is an axe kick?

    Forward to 2:10 Good explanation Nayro Chagi Dropping kick
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    Taekwondo isn't from Karate, it's from Korean Gwonbub that existed for 300 years

    My late GM, Baek Moon Ku, was a student of the mudukwan under Hwang Kee. He said their forms were that of shotokan and kung fu. When he found himself at the 1st military base to teach taekwondo he was an instructor along with many others. He said they taught the new curriculum (ITF) the old way...
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    Any advantages to having a Karate, Kung Fu etc. background for BJJ beginners.

    If you have training in a stand-up Style the discipline you learned before should help you get back to class after the rough ones where you're more than nail than the hammer. Otherwise that's about it. The overall strategy, mindset and set of techniques are completely different. To the Kung Fu...
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    Rob Biernacki Online Academy review

    Online videos are good for basic review but that's about it. Many details can be left out and the feel of another person when they do this instead of that. It's always best to learn from someone who actually knows and is physically there.
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    After 70 years in BJJ Flavio Behring promoted to White Belt with Red Bar

    The time required for rank is written and followed. No rank above 9th Dan is awarded by the ibjjf, cbjjf or any other legit org in Jiu Jitsu nor will be in the future. I have met grandmaster Flavio 3 times and taken seminars. He knows it all and is as legit as it comes. This is his own thing and...
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    After 70 years in BJJ Flavio Behring promoted to White Belt with Red Bar

    Well of you/me/anyone trains in BJJ as a bb for 47 years and make the red belt we/they have a right to legitimately argue the rule. Until then it doesn't matter and our opinions don't really matter. They are the founders and that is why.
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    After 70 years in BJJ Flavio Behring promoted to White Belt with Red Bar

    Nobody can. They opened the first Gracie school and taught their family. Is reserved as a permanent reminder. They fought to prove themselves and their style which we all owe a debt that can only be repaid by stepping on the mat and training. I do personally believe that, according to the rules...
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    Machado vs Gracie style bjj?

    The Machado brothers learned from Carlos Gracie Jr., who learned from Helio, Rorion and Rolles. .They along with others had to do the self defense as a part of training and promotion. They all know the fundamentals but is up to each individual what is taught. Some focus on self defense and...
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    Is Submission Only the Future?

    Sub only is good but fighters need to be penalized if no sub happens. 5 min overtime and then BOTH lose. Is lame when they stall or just defend and no one likes that. Also, for the sport to evolve into a more spectator friendly one Then guard pulling and butt scooting need to go. Learn...
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    What is the purpose in your MA training?

    Is a constant test of character, humility and integrity. The mat does not lie and you can not hide your true nature while on the mat. I have been defeated more than I have won. I have accepted it, learned from my errors and moved on. It is a never ending road of possibilities that end up with...
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    Belt fees/Promotion fees

    When I was working for Korean GM in 90's he charged 55 for a stripe test and there were 3 stripes per belt, 8 belts before black. So 220 per belt total. When I was running my own I charged 20 per belt test with kkw fee at poom/Dan. In BJJ we do not charge for a promotion. Some schools have a...
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    The "Moo Duk Kwan" trademark

    Wow. Entirely too much effort given to a piece of paper on a wall. So glad I only do BJJ now. We have a gi and a belt. Lineage is easily traced and no one cares about a certificate.
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    Conditioning in BJJ

    You are right. It is just the beginning...
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    Last week teaching tkd

    No sir. I like teaching both but at my max I never had more than 20 adults. Currently 61 kids and 91 adults in BJJ.
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    Conditioning in BJJ

    Comment makes little sense. Bjj is much harder and more complex. If you don't know that then you haven't tried it.
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    Last week teaching tkd

    My senior students see the value in it and respect my decision. Is not a matter of enjoying one more than the other. The bjj program gets new students almost daily and is an easier sell. Let me be clear- for self defense it is more effective. At least for me it is. Is not all ground fighting...
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    Last week teaching tkd

    I received my 5th Dan from my late GM in 2001. When he passed I found out he had not been ordering my KKW certs- only school certs. Had to play catch up and got my kkw 5th in 2007. Many were upset. Had several I hadn't seen in years come in. I don't know about backlash but it has been...
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    Last week teaching tkd

    Well I've only been teaching 23 years and in that time I've seen my share. Usually when there are siblings involved or when soccer season is about to start and they are gonna be out a while.
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    Last week teaching tkd

    No tests. Is informal and given when ready after class session or during.
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    Last week teaching tkd

    Yup. And after 16 years in bjj I still learn every day
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    Last week teaching tkd

    This next week will be my last teaching TKD. I have enjoyed the last 23 years of teaching tkd but will be moving on to teaching bjj full time. I have met many good practitioners of tkd and enjoyed training alongside them. I will miss that. On a good note... No more belt tests. No more parents...
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    Conditioning in BJJ

    Nowhere near as complex.
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    Are there any open tournaments?

    I should have said wtf events
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    Fast track gradings?

    Curious-what is name of school in, osaka, Japan that is 500+ years old. I know about the different Karate schools but they are all relatively new and couldn't be that old. there is an old kendo/Naginata school but I believe less than 150 years in its tradition unless I'm mistaken. Not being...
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    Are there any open tournaments?

    Agree that tkd is severely flawed in that department
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    Are there any open tournaments?

    Point karate tournaments are a joke and a waste of time. Never said all tournaments.
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    Are there any open tournaments?

    Open or point fighting tournaments are everywhere and a total joke . is tag with both feet and hands. Lots of flashy forms that all resemble Mike Chat style. wtf style allows for full contact kicks and punches to body with contact levels to head varying , depending on your belt level and age...
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