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    Is the new generation of Martials Artist lacking in toughness?

    Over here tough mudder was 8klms. I run 40-50 klms a week and I dont consider myself to be overly fit
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    Is the new generation of Martials Artist lacking in toughness?

    Tough mudder is only "tough" for people who do no exercise. It isnt much of a real challenge for fit people. They market it as a grueling workout, just like a lot of martial arts clubs promote themselves as a "great workout". It may be grueling compared to sitting on the couch watching TV but...
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    Is the new generation of Martials Artist lacking in toughness?

    Generation X struggling? Not here in Australia they aint. They rode off the back of huge increases in property values just after they got into the market. They have heaps of equity in their homes, the vast majority have investment properties and they cruise around in nice cars.
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    Is the new generation of Martials Artist lacking in toughness?

    No baby boomers raised generation X and they are fine. Generation Y, now thats a whole other story.
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    Another video

    I believe taekwon-do refers to ITF tkd and taekwondo is kkw tkd. If that is the case then they are two very different things.
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    Is the new generation of Martials Artist lacking in toughness?

    Yes. But the same can be said for most things these days, its not just exclusive to martial arts.
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    Benefits of sparring with a black belt

    I never said the school would be a fraud, but in most activities practice makes perfect and if someone has done something longer and continues to practice then they get better and better. In 99% of cases someone who has played guitar for twenty years will be better than someone who has played...
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    Factors the determine the winner in sparring

    1. fight smart. If you are not athletic, for example, then adapt your sparring to suit. If you lack flexibility, then adapt your sparring to suit. With sparring, one size does not fit all and what works for one student may not work for another. With experience people learn to fight smart. One of...
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    Benefits of sparring with a black belt

    I dont know how anyone can have their self confidence destroyed by being beaten by someone of a much higher rank. Honestly, if I (as a first dan) spar a fourth dan and he doesnt wipe the floor with me then I would have to seriously question the school. I expect someone with ten years more...
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    Benefits of sparring with a black belt

    I changed to a different class (same club) a few years ago when my instructor moved away. I went from a class where I was in the top 4 or 5 ranked students (as a first dan) to a class with more than 30 black belts made up of prodominently third dans and up. I started to spar much higher ranked...
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    Why is WTF/KKW TKD More Expensive Than Other Arts?

    A school hall can be rented for $10-$20 per hour in my area and permanent bookings are closer to the $10 mark. The club pays for advertising and other incidentals, those things aren't paid for by the instructors.
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    Why is WTF/KKW TKD More Expensive Than Other Arts?

    Yes all those other things are paid for by the club. Assistant instructors train for free.
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    Why is WTF/KKW TKD More Expensive Than Other Arts?

    My instructor charges $50 per month, has about 100 students ($5000 per month), rents a hall for four hours a week (4x1 hour classes a week), the hall costs $200 per month. That leaves him $4800 per month/$1200 per week, for four hours work per week. All grading fees, profit on uniforms, hogus...
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    How many different Orgs are there???

    I just assumed all tkd students do either point or continuos sparring as part of their curriculum. I have never considered one steps or choreographed fighting as "sparring". They can be valuable training tools but not "sparring". I suppose what we do I would call knock down sparring as the prime...
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    How many different Orgs are there???

    There would be literally thousands. I live in Australia and train at a club with several thousand students and are affiliated with none of the larger orgs. We have our own competitions, curriculum etc, and so I suppose we would be considered our own organisation. We are one of many I know of...
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    ATA TKD World Champion Question

    You will find most, if not all, organisations are not recognised by other forms of tkd, so its the same for most people. As far as becoming ATA world champion, I have no idea, although I thought ATA only existed in the USA so the term "world champion" would be slightly misleading.
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    Belt Rank Progress

    One of the fastest guys Ive ever sparred was late 40's, man he was quick.
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    Martial Arts vs Multiple Attackers

    State of origin. Australians will know what I mean :)
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    Martial Arts vs Multiple Attackers

    I do remember some mates of mine who were black belts in zendokai saying to stand in a doorway if possible when fighting multiple attackers as that way they can only come one at a time.
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    How long did it take you to get to the TKD belt rank you have now?

    Took about four years to get my first dan, after two years as a first dan I can go go for second dan. I have been a first dan now for nearly four years. I really should go for second dan one of these days :)
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    Master not registering students with kkw

    Does he tell students they will get kkw rank? I have heard of instances where a student has just assumed they will get kkw rank just because the instructor does. My GM and instructor have kkw rank (from years ago) and they do not issue kkw rank but make this quite clear upon joining our club.
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    Mountain stance

    I have heard the stance from keung geum referred to as mountsin stance. Not where I train though.
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    Front splits: Flexibility Required in Front Leg Vs. Rear Leg

    My wife can do a full front split and I can do it to about 95%. We both just discussed it and felt the front leg needs more work to be able to do it. But thats just our opinion.
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    Sparring against people who are significantly smaller

    It depends how good they are. The most dangerous guy to spar in our club is also one of the smallest.
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    Where Does Taekwondo End, and Gymnastics Begin?

    The more acrobatic kicks are usually derived from simpler kicks. Someone who does thousands of tornado kicks, for example, would also throw a good roundhouse kick. Or a spinning hook kick you are still doing a hook kick. The flexibility and co ordination required for these kicks could only...
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    Where Does Taekwondo End, and Gymnastics Begin?

    You have to view it more like a sports highlights reel. Type "rugby" into youtube and you will see footage of guys running a hundred metres and swan diving under the posts, big hits, chip kicks etc but watch an actual game and you see these things are the "highlights". Our club has a demo team...
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    Where Does Taekwondo End, and Gymnastics Begin?

    This is a demo team. Watching them do front kicks to someone holding a pad will put people to sleep. Ive done enough martial arts to know that someone who can throw a lightning quick 540 kick usually has very little problems throwing a roundhouse kick to the mid section. Its like watching a...
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    Where Does Taekwondo End, and Gymnastics Begin?

    Exacty. These guys would cut you in two with a simple kick. I wouldnt mess with them. On the upside though, it would be swift. You would blink, then wake up in hospital with multiple fractures :)
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    Where Does Taekwondo End, and Gymnastics Begin?

    I dont think these guys would attack anyone in this manner, its just a demonstration of their skills.
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