The Importance of White Belt

By | July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The white belt is often discarded as being unimportant. It is the lowest belt in the martial arts hierarchy and students are generally in a big hurry to leave the starkness of it behind. Students want to avoid being looked at as the newbie and the person with the least experience in the martial art, [...]

Olympics are Bad for ITF Taekwon-Do

By | September 5th, 2014|Room for thought|

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 [...]

Martial artist or combat sportsman?

By | November 1st, 2013|Room for thought|

I find that today many people call themselves martial artists, when in fact they are combat sportsmen. For some reason they get upset when you tell them this. It is not, or shouldn’t be construed as an insult. There is a lot of athleticism and hard work that goes into becoming a combat sportsman. There [...]

When diplomacy fails

By | June 5th, 2012|Room for thought|

Is there ever a need to resort to violence? I’m not talking about countries at war when I ask this. I mean, is there a need for violence between individual people living in our societies? This is a contentious issue with some, and I have had many debates and arguments with people over this subject. [...]

Pick and Choose?

By | April 1st, 2012|Room for thought|

I get potential students coming into the club who don’t really seem to be interested in the martial art as a whole. They would prefer to pick and choose what they will and won’t do in a class. “Do I have to wear a dobok (training outfit)?”, “I don’t like sparring so can I sit [...]