Taekwon-Do for Adults

A topic came up the other night that is fitting for some of my thoughts in this article. In this day and age, martial arts are no longer martial arts. This is very true when it comes to Taekwon-Do. It has become increasingly difficult to find a school that teaches and practices traditional Taekwon-Do in [...]

Taekwon-Do Celebration

11 April 2015 marked an important date for Taekwon-Do. The martial art that is practiced by so many around the world celebrated its 60th birthday. I was fortunate enough to attend the 60th Birthday celebration in Toronto, Canada this past weekend along with the founder of Taekwon-Do’s (Gen. Choi Hong Hi) son, Grand Master Choi [...]

Student Speech

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 [...]

ITF Unity

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 [...]

Olympics are Bad for ITF Taekwon-Do

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 [...]

New Year, New You?

I believe this applies not only to our lives in the martial arts, but in everything we do. As we prepare for a new year many will reflect on the past. Much of the focus is on the negative – what we didn’t accomplish, what we had higher hopes of achieving and whatever else we [...]

Martial artist or combat sportsman?

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 [...]

The Lake Shores

We find ourselves up to our necks in the middle of a lake. It takes some effort, but we learn to tread and stay afloat. From the center of the lake we can gaze in any direction we choose. We look around and see different shores around the lake. Some may appeal, others not. Eventually [...]

Student Speech

As part of our Taekwon-Do grading syllabus, to grade from Red belt to Black tip students are required to do a speech on anything relating to Taekwon-Do. Three of my students successfully graded to Black tip recently. I will share each of their short speeches over the next few days as I get them in [...]

Student Speech

As part of our Taekwon-Do grading syllabus, to grade from Red belt to Black tip students are required to do a speech on anything relating to Taekwon-Do. Three of my students successfully graded to Black tip recently. I will share each of their short speeches over the next few days as I get them in [...]