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Stopping to Smell the Sweat
December 27th, 2006 by Ryan V. | Posted in Training | 7 Comments

One of the downsides of Taekwondo, and most martial arts for that matter, is the system of ranks — the procession along a prescribed path towards an “end rank” that signifies an overall understanding of the art.
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Black Belt, The Final Destination
November 13th, 2006 by Motoo Y. | Posted in Training | 4 Comments

Over the years, I have watched quite a few students earn their black belt status at our school. They have put forth great efforts to reach that point. I sat and watched them test, and happily gave my blessing for them to obtain the belt for which they have worked so hard. … (more)

Mysterious Minds of Women
November 4th, 2006 by aika | Posted in Training | 3 Comments

Every now and then, I hear: “I wonder why so-an-so comes here. I mean, they don’t look like they want to be here, and they certainly don’t look like they want to improve.”

Often times the object of such observation is a female, most of them youngsters. While I understand the above sentiment, I also understand the mentality of young girls — I’ve been one of them, after all. … (more)

Do You Avoid Sparring…?
October 29th, 2006 by Motoo Y. | Posted in Training | 5 Comments

Some students don’t want to spar. Maybe they don’t feel ready to do so. Maybe they are a little afraid of getting hurt. Maybe they feel a little intimidated. Or, maybe they think it’s only for those who are interested in competing. Whatever the reason is, they avoid getting involved in sparring whenever possible.

While I don’t agree with sparring and competition being the core of training, I strongly believe that it is an important aspect of training, even for non-competitors. … (more)

Learning as a Dummy
September 15th, 2006 by Motoo Y. | Posted in Training | No Comment

Several years back … even after becoming a black belt, I was often chosen as a dummy. … (more)

Will Self-Defense Classes REALLY Save Your Life?
August 24th, 2006 by aika | Posted in Training | 7 Comments

You hear it everywhere. “Protect yourself,” they advertise. “It’s fast, easy, and effective,” so they proclaim. But is it … really? … (more)