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The Sword of Samurai
April 2nd, 2007 by Motoo Y. | Posted in Experience | 2 Comments

As my wife and I sat and watched, he cuts makiwara that are standing around him, one at a time. He is a master of Iaido, a style of Japanese swordsmanship. His sword moves in smooth motion, as though it is just moving in the air with nothing else in its way. But the barely audible thuds of falling pieces of makiwara remind us that he is indeed making the cuts. … (more)

My Thoughts on Black Belt Testing
November 22nd, 2006 by Motoo Y. | Posted in Experience | No Comment

The black belt testing is finally over. That’s a lot off the minds for those of us who participated in the testing.

The testing was a grueling experience for me both physically and mentally, as I expected. … (more)

Kihap or Ki-not?
October 19th, 2006 by Ryan V. | Posted in Experience | 7 Comments

After the last fighting class, I was thinking about sparring — how I spar and the other techniques that people employ. I started to focus on how people kihap before a match … (more)

The Brawler’s Guide to Taekwondo
October 4th, 2006 by Ryan V. | Posted in Experience | 4 Comments

After my first year of studying Taekwondo, I have noticed a glaring absence in sparring — both at competitions and practice sessions. … (more)