This is a question for Balrog or anyone else that uses a supplemental curriculum DVD for Taekwondo: What material is on your DVD?
I ask because there are some very good professional videos of the Taegeuk forms available on Youtube, and some pretty decent kicking tutorials too. I made a DVD for our Hapkido hoshinsul (self-defense) curriculum, since it involvse a lot of specific detail and is not standardized the way KKW TKD is. But I don't feel like I could make a TKD DVD worth buying, considering the free resources available online. I feel like I'd be ripping off our students. Is there something I'm missing in terms of what could be on the DVD that would be helpful to the students?
What you're missing is that the Tae Kwon Do world does not start or stop with the Kukkiwon. The KKW may be the largest single org (being backed and controlled by the South Korean govt is a factor...) but KKW schools are certainly not a majority of tkd schools overall.
What makes you think so?
Do you have any numbers?
In the US and also in countries like Germany where ITF TKD and so called 'traditional' Taekwondo plus all of their descendants are a huge percentage of the overall Taekwondo practitioners this may be the case, but there's lots of countries where TKD was introduced after 1973 and where they haven't even heard about General Choi and the Chang Hon forms. ;-)
To get back to the topic: I think a student will benefit from practising on his own once he know what he's doing. Plus it also depends on how often you can attend class. When I was a kid we only had TKD lessons once per week, later twice per week on two consecutive days. That meant that getting further in rank took forever plus you had to do something besides those two days in a week in order to get stronger and become more flexible.
Since the forum isn't too busy these days, I'll throw another topic up for discussion.
Should a student practice on his own, or not? Does belt-level matter? Should the student only practice what the instructor/master says to practice?
Do you agree?
No, and you're not going to find any either, since it's not the sort of thing anybody really keep stats on.
However, it's easy enough to do spot checks...
Colorado Springs is the home of the US Olympic Training Center. Given that fact, it's reasonable to suppose that KKW-affiliated schools might well have an unusually high presence in the area. A quick check with google does show a lot of TKD schools in the area. I did a quick scan over the sites linked, checking their home page and whatever page they had talking about the instructors. Basically, I assumed that any school that didn't specifically list an affiliation was a KKW school (an unwarranted assumption, as some of them are almost certainly independent schools). Based on that assumption, the KKW schools are just about half.
Do you think that the KKW-affiliated schools in those countries outnumber the vast numbers of ITF, ATA, ATF, GTF, Rhee TKD, various Kwan based schools (Moo Duk Kwan, etc), and unaffiliated schools?
There are some numbers out there, like the numbers of registered Kukkiwon dojangs worldwide on the Kukkiwon Membership System website:
Thanks. I've gotten some noise complaints from the tenant in the apartment below, so I've curtailed my in apartment BOB kicking! Instead, I have gone to the gym more often, where there are mirrors. It's interesting to see myself in the mirror do a kick with my "good" side, then see arms flailing away when I do the same kick with my "bad" side!!yes an instructor can tell you what your doing wrong but your instructor will get mad if he is constantly repeating him self
pull your arm back more! tight fists! step out more! examples like those.....
best of luck
Not sure this is off track but we use video taping a lot on a periodic basis so that students can identify problems and correct them. I have found that many students when you tell them even show them what they are doing wrong unless they are a very dedicated student that totally believes everything you say and attempt to do just that most tend to not believe you or cannot vision it? So by video taping and using high definition large screen they can see it and correct the problem. This method is also good for training assistant instructors to watch and comment and point out what they see or don't see. One thing that is nice about digital is that you can slow action down to 30 frames per second and catch really nice shots of breaking or sparing. One thing I find frustrating is the enormous time and storage you need to edit video now. If any of you have a camera and particular software you prefer I would like to hear that
The side-by-side feature looks perfect for tkd where you may have a better leg.