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Student Speech

By |October 22nd, 2014|

When it comes to grading students to their black stripe, I ask students to prepare a short speech on Taekwon-Do before they take on the final stretch towards achieving black belt – it can relate to any aspect of their training or journey in Taekwon-Do.

This is my student, Peter Stander’s speech. He is a “veteran” […]

Dealing with Injuries

By |October 20th, 2014|

I always like to write and teach from experience. As an Instructor, I always prefer to make the mistakes myself and for my students to learn from them rather than to learn for themselves, although unfortunately this does happen on the odd occasion. Often in class I will talk to my students to remind myself […]

ITF Unity

By |October 13th, 2014|

This seems to be a taboo subject for many people. It is often a subject that goes ignored, or, if it does come up, there seems to be a lot of political correctness about it. People don’t seem to want to pledge their loyalty anywhere.

I would like to offer my views for anybody who cares […]

Olympics are Bad for ITF Taekwon-Do

By |September 5th, 2014|

I keep hearing of talks between the various ITF bodies and WTF. Some speculate on the joining of the two organizations, others about competing in the Olympics “together”. There are meetings and pieces of paper signed that actually say absolutely nothing. There are those that will agree or disagree, but I think that talks about […]

What makes a good Instructor?

By |September 4th, 2014|

I am often asked this question by others, and I often question myself about this subject. I don’t believe a good Instructor has to be the best martial artist in order to be the best Instructor. There are many brilliant martial artists out there who wouldn’t be able to teach a pig to snort. The […]

Belt System

By |August 28th, 2014|

I often come across people saying that the belt system in traditional martial arts is worthless. I am of a completely different opinion. Not only because I practice a traditional martial art, but because the belt system make logical sense to me. As with any other “tradition” within a traditional martial art, there is sense […]

Martial Arts Language

By |August 28th, 2014|

Many people seem to have the wrong idea when it comes to hearing “foreign” languages in martial arts classes. Most commonly you will hear some form of Chinese, Japanese or Korean, depending on the root of the martial art.

It is not about sounding mystical, authentic or the like. It is also not because martial artists […]

Don’t Dwell On It

By |August 18th, 2014|

In martial arts, as in life, there are many occasions where a student may “win” or “lose”. This may occur at gradings, tournaments and demonstrations to name but a few. All of these events take training and preparation. After putting in all of the effort, it is finally time to step onto the floor. Others […]

Three steps to happiness

By |August 6th, 2014|

People tell me I can be difficult and hard to please. This, in fact, is not true. I, like many other martial artists out there, am like a racehorse. And how do you keep a racehorse happy? Three simple steps. Keep it:

Well fed
Well Slept
Exercised

Easy as that! If any of these things go out of whack […]

Basic home self-defence

By |July 15th, 2014|

This article applies very much to those of us living in South Africa.

I don’t know many people who haven’t been affected either directly or indirectly by violent crime in South Africa. It is the norm to live in houses resembling forts or prisons. It is a rare sight to see a house without electric fencing […]