The Real Martial Arts

The Real Martial Arts

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I was looking this morning for ideas for our December marketing campaign. I looked into photos, different campaigns and quite a lot of propaganda.  At the end of the day I was extremely disappointed as all I could find out was about the ability to fight and in a way be able to beat others. I know that we teach punching, kicking and fighting but there is so much more about the martial arts that we makes us what we are and I think we are losing. The martial arts I know is a family where we care for each other. It is, to quote some of my students, a happy place where you can feel safe. This is a place where we teach about self-confidence, leadership, balance and even…
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Starting Tae Kwon Do at 50. Are You Nuts? – David Haynes, author

Starting Tae Kwon Do at 50. Are You Nuts? – David Haynes, author

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Water aerobics would make more sense; or maybe even yoga, so why choose one of the “hardest” of hard martial arts, known for its powerful, and sometimes aerial, kicks? The short answer is that it was accidental. My 11-year-old son wanted to give it a try, so I brought him in to Koryo Do School of Tae Kwon Do for a try out class because it was the closest to our house. I took a seat, intending to relax while I watched my son work up a seat. I only got to sit for about five minutes before being invited to join in and learn some simple self-defense moves. I was hooked. Unfortunately, my son discontinued coming after about a year, but I continued. Almost four years and about 1500 hours of…
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They Call Me Master

They Call Me Master

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[caption id="attachment_469" align="alignleft" width="300"] taekwondo master testing[/caption] They call me Master, yet as I look at my students I wonder. Some of my students are much faster than me; yet they still call me Master. Many, by far are already more flexible than me and dare I say stronger; yet they still call me Master.  Quite a few could easily beat me in a competition; yet they call me Master.  Their progress executing forms and using weapons is nothing but an expression of art, each one an artist in its own way; yet they call me master. But what is a master may I ask?  I did dare to ask this question to two of my senior students and was pleased with the answer, or the lack of as neither…
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Why I teach martial arts

Why I teach martial arts

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[caption id="attachment_766" align="alignleft" width="168"] Children - our most valuable treasure[/caption] This week I have been putting pressure on one of my students.  He is one of the youngest in my school and has been milking this fact to no end.  He has also been blessed with intelligence and the ability to manipulate others with a puppy face.  He seems to have a great time at the school but has shown no interest in moving forward in the ranks so I have been harder on him with the "rewards" so he shapes up and moves forward. Last night, after class, he came back with his mother to pick up his cousins.  As the only child at that time he was the center of attention and once  again he took advantage of…
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What is a Black Belt

What is a Black Belt

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With the proliferation of black belts in the market a simple thought came to my mind.  What is a black belt? I actually have potential students and parents that simply ask questions such as: how long does it take to be a black belt?  How much will it cost?  However, no one asked about what is a black belt so here it is. A black belt is a piece of cloth used to hold together the top of our work out clothes.  This particular piece of cloth does not award special powers to its user.  If anything, the tear and wear of the same is nothing but a record of hard work, sweat, tears and sometimes injuries that we attain thru our martial arts’s journey. From a different point of…
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