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  1. igillman

    Taekwondo Master too harsh for my almost 5 year old?

    If you or your child feel uncomfortable then it is time to find a new school. It does not matter if the reason seems trivial or silly to you, the fact that you feel uncomfortable is enough to make the switch.
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    Meditation in Taekwondo Classes

    It depends upon your reason for doing TKD in the first place. If someone comes to TKD class to get a bit of exercise then meditation during class time would turn them away because they would want the class time filled up with activity. They may also see it as paying a lot of money each month...
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    old tiger vs young tiger

    As we age we lose a bit of speed and mobility. Your task is to recognise that and then make up the difference with experience. We have to adjust to what our bodies can and cannot do and accept the fact that we are not getting any younger. Always fight in a way that brings out your strengths. You...
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    doing poomsae

    Before I practice at home part of my warm up is to do the Taeguks in order. Then part of my cool down is to do the Taeguks in reverse order. In that way I start and finish my training with Taeguk 1.
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    WTF-Taekwondo or ITF-Taekwondo, What should I choose?

    It depends upon what you want out of your TKD training. If all you want to do is learn a bit of self defence and keep fit then the choice of ITF vs WTF does not matter as long as the school you pick teaches those things. If you want a long and illustrious career in TKD then the choice is a...
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    Honorary Titles?

    I have seen a lot of "World <Insert Federation Here> Champion" on uniforms where the federation was one created by the school owner. The only people in the federation came from their school. It might be technically correct but it is very misleading.
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    Why hang a Korean flag in your Taekwondo dojang?

    A lot of countries have a very short flag code, something along the lines of "Don't drop it and if you do then pick it up before someone else sees you.".
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    Taekwondo on UK TV advert (commercial in American)

    My cousins son is one of the generic TKD people.
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    Another black mark for USAT

    Which one of the tenets of TKD involves screaming obscenities at people?
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    fighting bigger and stronger person or people

    No matter how big or tough a person is there is one part of the body that cannot be strengthened and that is the eyes. Having said that it is going to be very difficult to get to them. Knees are another good area, a good roundhouse to the knee will take someone down. Your aim should be to take...
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    The role of patterns/forms/poomsae in Taekwondo

    I had to take a year out of training due to blood pressure issues (the cardiologist told me to stop exercising). During that time I decided that I could do very low impact stuff and so I spent some time at home learning and practicing various poomsae both up to and above my belt level. I noticed...
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    Teaching Taekwondo to beginners over the age of 40

    I would echo a lot of the sentiments already mentioned... Treat me like an adult. Show me what to do and then watch me do it to make sure I do it properly. I do not need to do 10 push-ups if I get it wrong, that just wastes my time and yours. I can and will practice on my own at home so once I...
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    Grading procedures

    According to the INS non-citizens should stay silent during the pledge. I asked them about that before I became a citizen because I was a boy scout leader and they say the pledge every week so I thought I would clarify the situation. To answer another question, yes the pledge is definitely an...
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    Bouncing Bouncing Bouncing ??

    I think that bouncing is one of those techniques that does not work well for everybody. It seems to work better for the younger/smaller crowd while it seems to be less applicable to us older/heavier people.
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    Reasons for dropping out of (or taking a break from) Taekwondo (or another martial art)

    1. What caused you to stop? Very high blood pressure. My cardiologist told me to stop exercising. 2. How long was your break from practice? 1 year. 3. What motivated your return to practice? I wanted to keep doing TKD. 4. How did you get back into practice (e.g., did you return immediately...
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    Turning Side Kick versus Straight Back Kick

    Both kicks have their place. If your opponent tends to move forwards and backwards during the fight then a straight back kick is more likely to get them. If they like to bounce from side to side then the turning back kick is likely to get them. Both kicks are very useful ones so I would practice...
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    No sport side

    Take a look at "Wing Chun", their striking techniques are both offensive and defensive at the same time as well as being designed more to deflect rather than to block outright.
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    Opening Attacks/Motions in Sparring

    My favourite opening move is the jumping side kick. The moment the referee says "Go" I step forward, jump up and do a side kick. I will most likely never leave the ground for the rest of the fight but it keeps them guessing that I might.
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    conflicted about self defense

    As everybody is different why not teach a bit of everything? Some students will do well with complicated grabs, others will do better with judo type stuff and others will realise that their best bet is to stay on their feet and strike. So show the students 3 or more ways to defend against a grab...
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    Need advice...

    My question is, what else has this instructor lied about that you have not found out? I would not trust them for much anymore and I would find a new instructor.
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    Cost of training

    Currency conversion rates can be misleading due to the cost of living being different in different countries. From what I have seen if you do a straight 1:1 conversion of UK Pounds to Dollars you get a better measure of the true cost of things.
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    List of attacks/blocks

    This page has some stuff on it... http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/~cpp/TKD/technique/index.html
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    Please provide a caption for this image

    Yes master, we see the light.
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    Suing for Kukkiwon Certificate

    I am sure that there are many reputable instructors out there but until there is a way to tell good from bad I will keep on training at home with no instructor. I have no fancy uniform, no belt, no ceremony and my technique is not too hot but at least I do not have to worry if I am going to be...
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    tournament blues

    I wonder how many of those masters/gms that were arguing and shouting would tolerate that sort of behaviour from their students at their do-jang if they were doing some sparring as part of a regular class?
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    tournament blues

    They could have saved a lot of time and effort if they told the competitors to go home and then have an arguing match between the masters/gms. The master or gm that can argue the best takes home the trophy. It would be quicker, less controversial and less prone to error. Then the master/gm can...
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    what to do against lighter and faster people

    Do not fight their type of fight, fight your type of fight. They like to bounce around, come in, kick and leave quickly. So don't give them that opportunity, cut them off, force them into a corner. Combinations work well too, the first kick of the combination does not need to connect, it just...
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    I need help with what name to give our school!

    So "Kicking Around" and "Just for Kicks" are out because they do not sound Korean? How about "We Dun Kick" or "We Kick High", they sound Korean? Take a look at the history of Korea, Wikipaedia has a good page on the subject, and see if any names sound good to you.
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    Why Don't Parents Train?

    There are four major reasons I can think of why parents do not train with their kids. 1) Time - This applies if the adults class and kids class are at different times. It's another hour out of your day that may be pretty full already. 2) Cost - Usually it costs extra to have another family...
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    A Training Idea

    I was in the back yard taking the girls playset apart and I had to kick a piece of wood to get it to come off. In order to kick it I had to stand on a wooden post that was laying in its side like a balance beam. This meant I had to execute a front kick while not falling off. Then the idea...
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