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March 2009 / Volume 29 No. 2 / Issue Number 168 Publisher & CEO Woojin Jung


Managing Editor Laura Stolpe

Explore the world of traditional Korean clothing. Find out the meanings of colors and symbols used in this centuries old fine art.

Creative Director Elizabeth Brown

37 Gimbap: p Korean Sushi

Founded in 1980 by Chung E. Kim

32 Clothes Make the Man…And the Woman

Tr i - M o u n t P u b l i c a t i o n s

Want a scrumptious snack? Try gimbap! Get the traditional recipe and step-bystep instructions.

Business Director 42 Brian Heckart Copy Editors Bill Heckart Julie Heckart Assistant to Publisher GiSeon Kim Web Site Manager Midwest Dedicated

Market Consultant John Blassingame


The Drive-Thru Diet

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Everybody wants to eat healthy. But with life in overdrive, sometimes it’s not that easy. Find out what to eat when you are on the go.

51 One of a Kind

Read the amazing story of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim and how she came to America with nothing and has become a multimillionaire. Get her inspiring advice and her five principles for mental conduct.

60 The Woman Beside the Lil’ Dragon g

Meet Kimber Hill, the national spokesperson for the famous Lil’ Dragon program for young children. Follow her journey in the martial arts, from a teenage girl to a mother with a dream to teach her own young ones martial arts.

64 Takingg the Wheel

John Lee


C. M. Griffin Doug Cook Karen Eden Master Rondy Tae Yun Kim Tom Kurz Sang Koo Kang Earl S. Bagan Suzanne R. Ellenberger Jerry Beasley

An intimate interview with Grandmaster Linda Park, the head of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation. Read up on how the GTF was founded and how she endeavors to carry out the dreams of her late husband and GTF founder, Grandmaster Park Jung Tae.

71 Believe in Yourself

A nagging injury is more than physically painful. It can be the bullet that ends your martial arts career. Gail Haupert has experienced such an injury and shares her inspiring story of perseverance and indomitable spirit that helped her overcome.

74 Master Monique q Lamb

Contributors Diana Tutini Guy Larke Jack Amsell Jodi Lasky Joseph Catlett Karen Eden Leslie McQuilkin Lisa Amsell Loren Christensen Pamela Justice Ron Shane Ronda J. Sweet Tae Yun Kim Wee Ngiaw Sun Wim Demeere Vice Presidents Don Wells Eui Min Ko He-Young Kimm General Advisors Jhoon Rhee Jin Suk Yang Hee Il Cho Woon Chick Park Chuck Sereff Soo Nam Park Edward Sell Rick Rojeck Tiger Kim Kwang Sik Myung Soon Ho Lee Chun Sik Kim Public Relations Jung Oh Hwang Taek Sung Cho Michelle Kim General Education Alexander Choi Byungchul Kim Yong Bum Kim

Event Coordinator Jun Pyo Choi Sung Yong Ji Song Son Yu Martial Art Tech. Jae Kyung Kim Scott Greca Barry Harmon Jamie Serio Dojang Operations Mike Menters Marshall Pereira Alex Suh Donald C. Kimm News Director Mike Zeman Marketing Director Scott Warner Lisa Warner International Department Kwang Jo Choi Jae Chul Sin David Moon Jin Suk Yang (WTF) Yong Son Ri (ITF) International Correspondents Asia: Changsub Shin Europe: Bum Ju Lee Africa: Robin Rafferty Argentina: Ricardo Desimone South America: Jose Luis Giarone Australia: Tam Fook Chee

A fierce competitor, an educated scholar, a beloved teacher. These are the attributes of Master Monique Lamb. Read one mother’s story of how Master Lamb has touched the lives of her children and her family.

80 Rock Hard Core

Your core muscles are the foundation to a stable and healthy body. Find out how you can get a strong center with step-by-step exercises and tips for getting kids to work on their core muscles too.

84 Fighting g g for Your Life

Most violent crimes are committed against women. That’s why this father-daughter team has come up with a program that can help any woman, from the seasoned practitioner to the novice.

89 Cat Fight! g

They don’t call it a cat scratch for nothing. Cats know how to fight. Take cues from these felines to help teach anyone, from small children to senior citizens, a serious form of self-defense.

95 Zen Beautyy

In an age where we focus so much on outer beauty, one martial artist thought it might be wise to focus on inner beauty as well. Read up on Zen Beauty, a pilot television program developed by Dr. Ron Shane to teach the public how to be beautiful, inside and out.

Cover Photo by Sarah Alex

TAE KWON DO TIMES, Volume 29, Number Two (ISSN 0741-028X) is published bi-monthly, (January, March, May, July, September, and November) by Tri-Mount Publications, Inc., Corporate Headquarters, circulation and fulfillment offices located at 3950 Wilson Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (319-396-1980). Editorial and advertising 3950 Wilson Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 email: Fax: 319-396-5070 800-388-5966 info@ Web site: Submissions must be accompanied by return postage and will be handled with reasonable care; however, the publisher and editor assume no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photographs or manuscripts. Submissions become the property of TAE KWON DO TIMES upon notification of their publication. Printed in the United States by R.R. Donnelley. Periodical postage paid at Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, Send address changes to TAE KWON DO TIMES, 3950 Wilson Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Copyright © 2008 by Tri-Mount Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of contents may be a violation of copyright laws. DISCLAIMER—TRI MOUNT PUBLICATIONS does not guarantee, warranty, or endorse any product or service advertised in this magazine. The publisher also does not guarantee the safety or effectiveness of any product, service or martial art technique illustrated in this magazine. The sole purpose and distribution of some products/services may be illegal in some areas and we do not assume responsibility thereof. State and local laws must be investigated by the purchaser prior to purchase and usage of products/services and martial art techniques. Because of the special nature of some products/services and techniques, a physician should be consulted before application.


March 2009 / Volume 29 No. 2 / Issue Number 168

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Stretch Yourself / Missed Opportunities Beyond Black Belt / Why Wouldn’t She? MMA & You / Women in MMA The Supplement / The Fairer Sex Traditions / Women of Honor East Meets West / Women in Martial Arts Woman of the Times / Stuff Last Word / Yo Baby, Yo Baby Yo

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From the Desk of the Editor / Olympic TKD? Readers’ Forum / Letters to the Editor News / Read Up on the Latest Black Belt Beginnings / Inspiring Women Calendar of Events / What’s Happening Correspondents / A Global Network Martial Arts Directory / Find a School


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Olympic TKD?

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It is the fear of every Olympic Sport that it will not be chosen to continue on to the next Olympic Games. While Tae Kwon Do (TKD) has secured its position as a sport in the 2012 Games in London, it is still up for discussion whether TKD will make it to the Games of 2016. With the incident at the 2008 Games, which found the infamous Cuban TKD player kicking a referee in the head, it is of great concern to the Olympic TKD community whether the sport of Tae Kwon Do will continue on into the future of the Olympics. To find out what you think, we posed the following question to our readers on our forum at Why do you think the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will or will not vote to keep Tae Kwon Do in the 2016 Olympics? Here’s what some martial artists said: “After the Cuban ‘boot to the head’ incident, I’m gonna have to say no. In all honesty, I am not the least bit disheartened either. The sparring skills of Olympic TKD are quite sad and do not at all mimic anything you would want to develop as true life protection art skill. In my honest opinion, the art was never meant to be a sport. I have no problem with occasional competition in the arts, but it has gotten far too out of hand.” —Kidosool “As much as people keep saying that TKD is dead due to the Cuban incident, I don’t believe it is going to happen. If so, we should also disband Grecco Wrestling due to the athlete who tossed down his medal at the medals’ ceremony. We should also shut down gymnastics for the age discrepancy from a few years back and the fact that it was brought up again. Perhaps we can ban running due to countless doping scandals or ice skating due to the Tanya Harding incident. My point is that all sports will have an athlete disgrace themselves. That should not be the decisive reason for banning it from Olympics.” —Miguksaram From these remarks, it is obvious that many of our readers are split on whether the art and sport of TKD will continue to be included in the Olympics. In October 2009, the IOC will gather in Denmark for a discussion on the future of Tae Kwon Do in the Olympic Games. This is an important time for TKD. While some artists may argue that TKD is only art, not sport, while others argue that TKD is sport first and art second, it is clear that being an Olympic sport boosts Tae Kwon Do’s popularity and teachings all over the world. That is why, regardless whether you see TKD as art or sport first, being in the Olympics is important. And one thing that can help improve the TKD community image worldwide, not just with the IOC, is working diligently on a merger of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). Combining the two largest organized bodies of TKD can only bring us strength in numbers. A unified global organization of Tae Kwon Do would be our most powerful asset toward growing and enriching the TKD culture in the Olympics and in the world.

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NEWS WTF Discusses Rules

GOOD DEEDS Families in Need

Training U.S. Troops in Iraq

GMHS Honors Contributors

EVENTS National Instructors始 Seminar



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USAT & Kukkiwon Special Dan Testing

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Three Americans Named to WTF Committees / March 2009


Ninth-Dan Awarded

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I’ll admit it. I had to do some serious reading to research my facts for this story. Like many readers, I tuned in to Elite XC one Saturday night in 2007 to watch the Frank Shamrock versus Renzo Gracie fight and by accident caught perhaps the first big time showing of women’s MMA (mixed martial arts). That night, pretty Gina Carano outscored the equally attractive Julie Kedzie in what turned out to be a well fought match. The Carano/Kedzie match stole the show and here’s why: For one thing, both Carano and Kedzie were wellschooled fighters. Both were in great fighting shape. They fought toe-to-toe with no letup. The fight stayed mostly in stand up. Both women demonstrated controlled aggression. No dirty blows and no fouls were noted. At the end of the match, the fighters hugged in a display of heartfelt sports “womanship.” The crowd loved it. After that match, there could be no question that women could fight. In boxing terms, they “toed the line” and “walked the talk.” While the Carano/Kedzie match was a fine display of serious combat, female fighting has for years been seen mostly as a sideshow. In the 60s, the various professional wrestling events often featured women’s wrestling. Of course it was fake fighting, staged for the entertainment of men. In the mid 70s, super-heavyweight Karate champion, Joe Hess, fought an exhibition fight against a much smaller woman. He knocked her out. No one was surprised. Women’s Kickboxing came of age in the 80s. Grace Casillas became the best-known fighter. Her fame grew after she posed for an issue of Playboy magazine. The 90s were for the most part, owned by Kathy Long. Long could and did go toe-to-toe with her opponents. Some, mostly men, complained that Long fought like a man. She did. She took the fight game as serious combat and trained like a professional. Some say Kathy Long is training to enter MMA competitions now. Women’s MMA is not without controversy. Dana White, the MMA guru who engineered the popular Spike TV series called The Ultimate Fighter, claims that there are not enough talented women MMA fighters to maintain a women’s division. And what about the sexism in womens MMA? Check out the top ten female MMA fighters and you’ll see that a “sexy” pose is often preferred over a serious “I can beat your butt” pose. These are issues that the women in MMA face and will continue to face; but wait, there’s more. If you check out a few MMA forums, you’ll soon discover a recurring question: can a woman MMA fighter beat a man? One forum participant wrote, “Who cares if one woman can beat another? Any UFC (Ultimate

Fighting Championship) fighter could beat every woman MMA fighter, one after the other.” Are some men put off, threatened, or indeed offended by watching two talented women engage in serious combat? You can bet they are! Some things never change. I must say that I am not a true MMA fan. I have watched The Ultimate Fighter. I’ll watch the replays of UFC title fights if I recognize the name of the fighter. I have seldom paid to see an MMA pay-per-view event. What I prefer to do is study the strategy and tactics of a few MMA fighters. I want to know how I can benefit from what the MMA fighters discover. I see MMA as one big test tube. Let them fight it out. I support MMA. I want to know what skills consistently work in a majority of fights. I want to share with you what we can learn from MMA. I want you to know how MMA theory and practice has evolved into a concept that can benefit all martial arts, both classical and non-classical. What we have learned from watching women’s MMA is that women can fight! Women can hold their own in stand up or ground fighting. Who cares if a well-trained 150-pound woman cannot beat an equally trained 150-pound man? On any given day, maybe she can. What’s important is that MMA has taken the concept of women’s self-defense to the next level. Is women’s MMA serious combat? Yes it is! Dr. Jerry Beasley is Professor of Exercise, Sport and Health at Radford University in Virginia where he heads the Asian Martial Arts Minor and produces the world famous Karate College MMA training camp. Dr. Beasley has earned an eighth-dan in Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan and an eighth-dan in Joe Lewis Kickboxing. Visit his MMA trainers’ association at

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Clothes Make the Man… And the Woman By Guy Edward Larke February 24, 2002. This day will last in my mind for all my life—my wedding day. Out of fairness who doesn’t say that? I was blessed to be married in a traditional Korean wedding. The music, the mancarried carriages, the ceremony, the clothing: it was like out of the Hong Kong movies I watched back home and yet totally different. It’s a practice that is rapidly dying here in South Korea. With the advances in technology, economics and the influx of westernization, a very romantic tradition is in danger of becoming a part of forgotten history. Western style weddings with tuxedos and white gowns are replacing the unique, flowing colorful hanbok of Korea. Which is sad as it is one of the unique and most identifiable cultural points of Korea in comparison with the rest of Asia. The Japanese have their wafuku, China has the qipao, and Scotland, the world famous kilt. What about the ancient civilization that is now the Republic of Korea? Hanbok simply means traditional Korean clothing. It is unique in its smooth flowing design and spectacular array of colors and designs. As one designer put it, hanbok is the beauty of temperance and elegance. It is elegant while not being too flamboyant. When it is sewn, it is flat and has no inseams. This is due to the material being folded .com

over three times before sewing. When it is worn, the skirt flows like grass by a mountain stream. It has no set figure or shape so it can suit anyone, man or woman, and make them look magnificent. Hanbok can actually be tracked back to the Three Kingdoms Era (Silla, Baek-Jae and Gogureo) that lasted from 57 BC to 668 AD. This can be seen on wall paintings and tapestries. However, the hanbok designs that exist today originate from the much more recent Joseon Dynasty ( July 1392 to August 1910). Every dynasty in Korean history tried to erase all traces of the previous one, so needless to say almost all of Korea’s ancient history comprises of information from Joseon. To understand hanbok, you also have to understand Confucianism, which almost replaced Buddhism in that era. It heavily promoted castes more than in the past and set the women’s movement back a thousand years. An example is that in previous eras a woman was entitled to equal inheritance as her male relatives. Under Confucianism she was entitled to almost nothing. Another example that still lingers in today’s society, is women covering their mouths when laughing. This same method of thinking strongly favored the pen over the sword, resulting in almost all of the traditional martial arts becoming extinct.

The parts of a woman’s hanbok were typically, a very long billowing skirt or chima that started above the breast with the chest bound and flowed down to almost the ground so you could only see the very bottom of the gotchi or shoes. Over this was a very short jacket called jegori which was tied in the front with a ribbon. This was further accessorized by broaches, pins and cosmetics. Married women wore their hair up in an elaborate hairstyle that framed the top and sides of their face. The style made use of long hairpins called bi nyuh. Young maidens had long pigtails that were stylized by large red ribbons called dang gi at the end of their hair. Young palace girls had two pigtails that were woven together into a kind of bun, then accessorized by the ribbon. The order in which women dressed was undergarments (sok jegori or soggot) and petticoats/ slips (sok chima or daeshun chima) followed by an under jacket (a kind of jegori) and the jacket (jegori). The skirt (chima) followed. Finally, the socks or buseon and the shoes (gotchi) completed the basic attire. Sometimes an overcoat was worn by upper class ladies that also veiled their faces so men could not see their faces. This was called changot or ssukae chima for other classes. This is a tragic part of the old hanbok design. A popular kind of accessory and hobby was the making and wearing of norigae. It was an embroidered incense case worn by women. The designs and tassels attached to it were wide and varied and were true works of art. A man’s attire was similar. The chima was replaced by baji or pants. In very early days they were narrow to facilitate ease when on horseback, but changed to a baggier style to assist in labour intensive work and for sitting. The jegori was also noticeably longer. The process was as follows: underpants, then baji, jegori, vest (or jok gi which could be worn without jegori in hot weather), overcoat (makoja), buseon and finally gotchi or kotshin. In very cold weather another warmer coat could be added called du roo maki that hung to the knees. Their hair was worn long in ponytails. Men wore carefully trimmed beards, unless they were young or eun-

uchs. If the man had any kind of position he also wore some kind of hat or helmet if in the military. If the man was of status, a long thin leather belt was worn. If of the military, a long, wide sash was worn to facilitate the holding of bladed weapons. Children’s clothes were almost identical to the adults and seemed more colourful. They called them sek dong jekgori or rainbow clothes. Often they were made of different pieces of fabric and pieced together to make beautiful clothes. Shoes were usually made of deerskin or some similar material. The working class wore shoes made of woven straw or hemp. The colors and ornamentation varied from era to era and region to region. However, class and position largely dictated the variation of colors and amount of decoration. The working class almost invariably wore just white, sturdy clothes with little or no ornamentation at all. The only exception was at their wedding. Even then the colors and symbols were subdued. Scholars, aristocrats, military officers, ministers, ki saeng (Korean-style geisha), moo dang (fortune tellers and exorcists), concubines and royalty all had colored hanboks of one kind or another. The type of material, whether it was hemp, cotton or silk, depended largely on one’s rank and position in the caste. Many also had a few because the most elegant hanboks were not made for everyday use, just ceremonies and special occasions.


Colors were very symbolic. White or baek in Korean symbolized purity of spirit and mind. The expression “beak ee min jok” or “people of white” strongly alludes to this idea. Blue or nahm saek, red or hong, yellow or hwang, green or nok and black were also common colors due to their correlation to the Chinese idea of elemental relationships (earth, fire, water, metal and wood). The dyes used were made of a mixture of tree bark and specially selected flowers. The results were brilliant. Today modern dyes are used so the result is louder and not as subtle, so many are returning to traditional techniques. Colors in many cases quickly dictated your station. For example the king almost always wore red, while a princess almost always had green in her hanbok. Symbols such as Chinese characters (long life, eternal youth, perseverance, etc.) were sometimes stitched with golden or silver thread onto the chest, back sleeves or shoulders of the jegori, vests, and robes, as well as animals, stars, the sun and different kinds of flora. (See chart for a few common symbols and their meanings.) Today, the hanbok is mostly seen in traditional television dramas, weddings, Korean New Year or Seul Nol, Korean Thanksgiving or Chuseok and babies’ first birthdays. Sadly, it’s usually just women now that don hanboks at these ceremonies. Men wear western-style suits and children wear blue jeans and t-shirts. Hopefully with the outside world realizing the beauty of this art form, new life will be breathed into the industry. In short, any practitioner of a martial art should try to embrace aspects of the art’s originating country. It’s part of the art in martial arts.


Symbols & Meanings Dragon - power, authority, usually reserved for the kings and queens Tiger- strength, ferocity, ability to drive away evil spirits Crane- eternal youth Twin cranes- noble gentility Giraffe- (more like the Japanese Ki-Rin) good luck, worn by the prince Wild geese- clouds, power of mountains, order, justice Peacocks- auspiciousness, loyalty Bear- worn by military officers, no symbols for longevity included A NOTE OF THANKS: This article would not have been possible without the aid of an old family friend, Sophia Choi, and her classmate, Soun-Young (Agnes) Seo. Agnes runs a shop in Seomoon Market in Daegu which is famous for textiles. Every piece of every hanbok is made with love. Any interested party can e-mail Mr. Larke at the email below for store contact information. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sabumnim Guy Edward Larke has been in love with the martial arts all his life. It eventually led him to move to South Korea in 2000. He now holds a fourthdegree black belt in TKD, Hanminjok Hapkido, Kuk Sool Won, and Cheon Ji Muye Do. He also holds black belts in Taek Kyon, Karate-Do, Korean Kickboxing and Bon Kuk Kum. His other passions include public speaking, economics, hopology, Asian culture and travel. He currently resides in Daegu, South Korea with his wife Gi-Ryung and their son, Alexander. He’s also the founder of Kisa-Do Martial Arts & Marketing. He can be contacted at Photos by Gi-Ryung Larke


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TKDT: Can you briefly describe your first encounter with the late Grandmaster Park Jung Tae, how your relationship blossomed and the events that followed?

Linda Park: I met Grandmaster Park in March of 1970 in Toronto, Canada. At the time I was training at the Tae Kwon Do club where he came to teach the class as a guest instructor. The chemistry of that first encounter lead to a romance, marriage, children and a lifetime commitment until his death on April 11, 2002. From the beginning, our daily life was intertwined with Tae Kwon Do (TKD) promotion and development. Grandmaster Park was very disciplined and serious about training and always did his utmost to nurture, develop, promote and boost the standards of TKD worldwide. It was natural that I would become well informed about TKD related issues and get to know the senior instructors and officials as we traveled together to many countries .com

for seminars, examinations and meetings. After Grandmaster Park passed away, his loyal students and I continued to honor his name through our commitment to promote his legacy. Today, I think the GTF represents that legacy and TKD well. TKDT: During the span of 12 years since the GTF was established in 1990, Grandmaster Park created six original GTF hyungs (patterns). What is the rationale for the patterns in addition to the International Taekwon-do Federation’s (ITF) 24 patterns? Would not this place too much pressure on the practicing students, especially when these GTF patterns contain so many movements, multiple leg and jumping techniques, which older students may find difficult to perform? LP: Patterns created by Grandmaster Park gave the GTF its own distinct identity. Besides fundamental movements, he wanted to incorporate many difficult jumping and slow motion kicking techniques into the patterns because he believed that the true value of TKD can only be realized through disciplined

training and consistently pushing beyond one’s limitations. He wanted the GTF hyungs to reflect this philosophy and raise the levels of TKD. In the beginning, there were some instructors who did not want Grandmaster Park to create new patterns, but now today the instructors are eager for the challenge and are teaching them with pride, knowing they are unique to the GTF. Grandmaster Park, himself a senior, was able to perform these difficult patterns and set an example for the GTF instructors and students, that with disciplined training anything is possible. TKDT: When the GTF was formed in 1990, many member countries disassociated themselves from the ITF and joined the GTF under the leadership of Grandmaster Park in the wake of stiff challenges posed by the two well-established world bodies of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the ITF. As the closest confidante to your late husband, could you share with us his plans to maintain and promote the GTF as an alternative world body? LP: The GTF emerged out of a need for peace and harmony within the TKD community. The formation of the GTF might have been new but the experience, skill and foresight of the founder was exactly what was needed to combat all the havoc surrounding TKD at that time. I don’t think any other TKD Grandmaster could have been successful at doing this. In fact, Grandmaster Park’s inner wisdom and superior technical skills were crucial to the way Tae Kwon Do’s global image sustained credibility as a strong, traditional martial art. When we decided on the nonpolitical status of GTF, this appealed to many instructors who were tired of the TKD political arena. They welcomed this positive change. We immediately focused on setting up seminars around the world with the support of the instructors who remained loyal to Grandmaster Park, thus creating a global network of enthusiastic instructors. GTF rapidly grew. As evidenced by its popularity today, it has become a federation that truly represents TKD in its truest form. GTF was accepted as a Tae Kwon Do world body when recognized by the WTF in August 1990 through a document agreeing to support each other.

TKDT: Grandmaster Park’s passing on April 11, 2002, must have posed greater challenges for the future growth of the GTF organization. With you now at the helm, what steps have you taken to preserve the integrity of the organization? How are you going to ensure that the late Grandmaster Park’s legacy of technical excellence and competency continue to be the hallmark of the GTF? LP: 2002 was a year that left a void in Tae Kwon Do worldwide as the two TKD icons, Grandmaster Park Jung Tae and General Choi Hong Hi both passed away within a few months of each other. This sudden reality did cause a sense of urgency in the TKD community. As human nature is, a few instructors scrambled between the TKD federations, some became independent or just sat on the fence waiting to see what was going to happen. As president, with almost forty years experience in Tae Kwon Do, my focus is primarily on promoting the philosophy of martial arts. Without protocol and respect the true martial artist will disappear and we just have to look at the attitude and behavior of many instructors to see this is happening today.


GTF masters and senior instructors have the honor of being the next generation of great instructors. They were taught by Grandmaster Park and now carry on the technical standards and traditions implemented by him. It is through our combined efforts that the integrity of the GTF will be preserved and the hallmark of the GTF will symbolize technical excellence for decades to come. TKDT: The ITF and WTF have been vigorously involved in the discussion on unification of TKD to ensure its rightful place as an Olympic sport item. What is GTF’s stand on this issue? What role will the GTF play in the TKD fraternity? LP: I don’t believe TKD as an Olympic sport represents the true martial art Tae Kwon Do and to place such focus on the sport aspect is not in the best interests of traditional TKD. Of course, GTF promotes competition in tournaments, but the handful of techniques permitted only represents a minute fraction of TKD per se. To survive as a true martial art, all elements of TKD training must be practiced equally; fundamentals, forging, patterns, sparring, self-defense and philosophy to complete Tae Kwon Do training. As a traditional TKD martial arts federation, we are not willing to compromise our high standards but we have always been committed to work for the best interests of all TKD practitioners. Many leaders today have lost sight of the values and standards of Tae Kwon Do but if we can go back to the basics of this Korean art of self-defense, we can find that pivotal point where we can work in harmony to preserve traditional Tae Kwon Do and make the Olympic status reflect that true image. Without addressing those deep-rooted factors embedded in Korean culture, unification of TKD in the truest sense is far away from being realized. I think the real question for the leaders of Tae Kwon Do today is, “What importance should be placed on this one sport aspect of our art?”


TKDT: Given the wide range of choices available in the martial art market, what are the advantages and features that the GTF has to offer in order to attract more members? LP: GTF is focused on maintaining a global traditional martial arts organization, providing the best detailed technical training, global competition, innovative marketing ideas and strategies and a nonpolitical forum for our members. If a person wants to achieve personal excellence in training, be certified and recognized for their achievements, have international fellowship and belong to an organization that promotes peace and harmony, then GTF is the right federation for them. TKDT: Most TKD and other martial art world bodies have presidents who are actual practitioners in the dojang after having gone through many years of endurance in training and mastering the art. As a president, how would you strategize to take the GTF to the next level of performance, given the constraints that you may face? LP: From my perspective, every leader is faced with constraints of some kind and even though I am not a physical practitioner anymore I have almost 40 years Taekwon-Do experience. As President I am very dedicated to GTF development and promotion and will not be deterred from continuing in this direction. I work closely with the GTF SecretaryGeneral Master Chris Gantner and the Executive Committee to review key objectives and strategize to improve our performance on all levels. There is already a plan of action in place, ready to be implemented which will take the GTF to the next level of greatness. We are currently working on administrative changes that will help us become more socially responsible by addressing our concerns about environmental sustainability. Check our website regularly for updates about our new initiatives, GTF events and more.

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Have you ever woke up one morning experiencing lower back pain? You sat up and wondered, “What did I do to pull a muscle? Hmm, all I did was go to the store and play with the kids yesterday.” Well, you probably didn’t even realize that all that carrying and lifting was the culprit. You went to the grocery store and had to carry in several heavy bags of groceries. Then after putting them away, your little one wanted to play. If your core is weak, which is made up of major muscles in the abdomen and mid to lower back region, these activities can cause lower back pain.

Benefits Why is core conditioning so crucial to martial artists and moms alike? Regardless of what style you practice, martial arts require good balance, coordination and reaction time, which also comes in handy when running after a toddler. But how does someone improve upon these areas? Core conditioning has been the missing element from many fitness and martial arts programs and is an essential tool in achieving a healthy life. Let’s start with its function. Although you cannot see your core muscles, they are very important. Your core muscles stabilize your spine keeping your posture upright. Strengthening your core also improves your balance, protects many of your internal organs, and if that isn’t enough to get your attention, it also aids you in assisting your entire body to function more effectively. The muscles of the core area include your abdominals, back, muscles in your pelvic floor and hips. When your core muscles are weak, it creates an imbalance, increasing your risk for back pain. The more stable your core is, the more powerful your extremities can become. Strong core muscles transfer powerful movements to your arms and legs, giving .com

you more formidable kicks, blocks and punches. This improves your sports performance. You will walk taller and look healthier. Everyone should incorporate core conditioning into their present workout program. A good program consists of strength training, aerobic training, core conditioning and flexibility training. You can exercise anytime and anywhere. Regardless of age or physical fitness level everyone can benefit from core conditioning.

Training Any exercises that require balance force you to engage your core muscles. Always use proper form as you’re doing the exercises. Improper form will diminish the effectiveness of the exercise. Be sure to change your routine frequently to increase results. It’s always fun to train with a friend. Stabilizing the core muscles has been used in many cultures for centuries. Once coaches and athletes realized the tremendous benefits from core conditioning they implemented it into their training programs. Core conditioning can be accomplished with or without equipment. The stability ball is great for balance and an excellent addition to your current workout routine. Physical therapists have been using the stability ball for rehabilitation from various injuries for many years. The stability balls allow full range of motion. They come in different sizes and colors depending on your height and preference. These balls are used to increase flexibility, balance and agility as well as core strength. Abdominal muscles as well as arms, glutes or buttock muscles and back muscles can be worked and strengthened using balancing balls. When strength training on the ball, use lighter weights and prop the ball against a wall or something sturdy for added stability if necessary. Medicine balls and balance boards are also great tools to strengthen your core.

Fight Club A strong core is an essential requirement for any fighter. A durable core protects your kidneys and liver. Your whole body is a weapon and this requires harmonious movement between all parts of the body. Few fighters will last the distance if they do not have a solid core. As the fight progresses, your techniques will deteriorate. The core dictates the ability to balance your body which enables you to use leverage and strike effectively. Whether you’re kicking, punching or throwing, you are shifting your body weight, thus bringing your core muscles into play.

Core for Kids I remember as a child if I wasn’t participating in an organized sport I was never in the house. I would be outside climbing a tree, playing or probably just running in circles. Nowadays, childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes is on the rise. This is because of the television, video games and computers that are contributing to an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle. Replace that computer chair and couch with a stability ball. (If you have a desk job I suggest doing the same). Teach kids how to use it. If they are not having fun, it is less likely that they will stick with it. Remember, if you don’t start to get your children involved in the martial arts and fitness now, they may experience health problems at an early age.

Get Motivated! It’s time to make some changes in your life. Start with healthier eating habits. If you want to be lean, you gotta eat clean! Food is your fuel. Eat small meals every three to four hours. Consistency is the key. If you have a busy schedule, make sure to always carry healthy snacks with you like fruit, low-fat yogurt, and energy bars—that way you won‘t feel tempted to stop for fast food. Eat a well-balanced diet, including plenty of lean meats, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink plenty of water and be sure to get an average of eight hours of sleep each night to fully replenish your mind and body. Always avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. The results? You’ll feel more energized, confident and strong, creating a healthier and better you!

“A strong core is an essential requirement for any fighter.”

Tighten Your Core

Hold each of these exercises for five to ten seconds. Gradually build up to five sets of 10-15 repetitions. Breathe freely and deeply during each exercise, focusing on tightening your deepest abdominal muscle. Butt Lift (Ball Bridge) 1. Sit on the stability ball with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart. Slowly walk your feet out, letting the ball roll up your back until your head and shoulders are resting on the ball and your glutes are a couple of inches off the ground. 2. With your hand either on your hips or thighs, squeeze your glutes and lift your hips until your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck are in the same line parallel to the floor. Hold, and then slowly lower your hips back to the starting position. Repeat. Back Extension 1. Lie facedown positioning the stability ball under your hips and lower torso with the knees straight or bent with your body bent over the ball. 2. With your hands behind your head, slowly lift your chest off of the ball, bringing your shoulders up until your body is in a straight line. Hold. (Make sure your head, neck, shoulders, and back are aligned). Slowly lower your body back to the starting position. Repeat. Hip Lift 1. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and hook the stability ball with your legs. 2. Contract your abs and lift the ball off the floor, rolling your pelvis off

the floor and bringing your knees towards your chest. Keep your navel pulled toward your spine throughout the move. Hold. Slowly lower your legs back to the starting position. Repeat. Bridge 1. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your back in a neutral position, not arched and not pressed into the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles. 2. Slowly raise your hips off the floor until your hips are aligned with your knees and shoulders. Hold. Avoid tilting your hips. Slowly lower yourself to the starting position. Repeat. Side Bridge 1. Lie on your side. Bend your arm so your forearm is extended in front of you. 2. Slowly lift your torso off the floor. Your upper body should be aligned from your hips to your shoulders. Hold. Slowly lower your body back to the starting position. Repeat. Don’t forget to do the other side.



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In 1973, Jack Amsell returned home to southern California from fighting in the Vietnam War. During his time of service, he learned the military version of Tae Kwon Do (TKD) from the Korean combat-trained army instructors. That version of TKD was very realistic and focused on true selfdefense which was quite different from the training offered in the U.S. at the time. To continue his training, Amsell decided to train with Master Chan-Yong Kim. Training with Kim required learning Kim’s specialty, Yudo, the Korean form of Judo. It changed Amsell’s total perception regarding the study of martial arts. TKD’s self-defense techniques or hosinsool, emphasized strikes, kicks and takedowns, whereas Yudo included grappling, throws, and chokes in its repertoire of techniques. Because Amsell conducted an employees’ martial arts training program, one day a female coworker came up to him and asked if he would teach her some self-defense techniques. She revealed that that she had been accosted in a college parking lot and froze up in terror. Even though she was saved because the attack was interrupted by a passerby, she was completely traumatized by the experience. Amsell explained that, as traditional martial arts classes are more focused on personal growth, regular classes are not really suited for true self-defense. She then exclaimed, “Are you going to just leave me unprotected?” That comment committed him to action, and his women’s self-defense program was born. Many people wonder whether self-defense classes really help. Amsell believes that most do not. His daughter, Lisa, conducts their special women’s selfdefense program. They explain that in their classes

about seventy-five percent of the time is dedicated to the psychological component of self-defense. The Amsells feel that in a course that focuses primarily on techniques, students are not prepared for a successful defense. This is due to the fact that many programs are taught by martial arts instructors who try to apply their techniques to defense. According to the Amsells , there are several reasons why pure martial art techniques fail. First, attackers, whether muggers or acquaintances, are not honorable people. Traditional martial arts practitioners learn to fight in an honorable way. Second,

many martial art techniques are just too complex to be perfected by the occasional self-defense student. Third, women are not socialized to be able to hurt another person. Cultural biases are very difficult to change. Finally, and most importantly, the majority of courses taught currently are not realistic. Concepts like “model mugging,” the wearing of padding and protection by attackers, is just not a valid training method. According to the Amsells, “The padding is not for realism. It is to protect the attacker.” Protective equipment seems like a good idea. The attackers wear protection, so the women can go all out. In fact, that is a misconception. Yes, the women do go all out on a padded attacker, but what about an attacker who is not padded? The Amsells’ experience is that most women freeze up. Also, they believe that training with a padded attacker does not give the right visual cues to a potential defender. In their program, attackers wear no protection / March 2009


other than a groin cup. Their specially trained mock attackers push the women around, choke them, wrestle them to the ground and hold them until they escape. Those mock attackers are trained to take a beating without hurting the women. The Amsells believe that such training is very hard to implement, but it is effective. It is critical to understand that an attack against a woman is not sexual but an act of violence. Few people understand the psychology of violence is mostly about control. Attackers use violence to either control another person, or it is as an emotional reaction to a feeling of a loss of control. Violence is a great equalizer to an attacker. The Amsells’ training program uses only women instructors that use techniques more often used by therapists. Mary Sorensen, one of the instructors, notes that several years ago that they discovered that about fifty-percent of the women in their classes were trying to work through some past abusive experience. As a result, they modified the course to give psychological support to those attendees. Consequently, other students benefited from knowing about the traumatic experiences suffered by their classmates. The course became more about empowering women than about teaching plain self-defense. ABOUT THE AMSELLS: Master Jack Amsell was introduced to the arts at an early age and trained in yoga, Kendo, and Shotokan Karate. As a young man, he served in Vietnam and there began his study of Tae Kwon Do. He currently holds a seventhdegree black belt. Sabumnim Lisa Amsell followed in her father’s footsteps and began studying the martial arts at a very early age. She has training in TKD, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Hapkido, and Kendo. She has been teaching at American Moo-Do Kwan since 1992 and is the Senior Instructor under her father. She has been teaching the Women’s Self-Defense & Empowerment Course since 1994. She currently holds a fifth-degree black belt. For more information on the Amsells and their revolutionary women’s self-defense program, visit

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Key concep t s • Women must not be victims. Law enforcement authorities emphasize that avoiding trouble is more effective than trying to escape from it. • Have a sense of self-sacrifice. If you plan to defend yourself, then you must be prepared to get injured or even killed in the effort. • If you must defend yourself then have full commitment. Once you have decided that self-defense is necessary then you cannot stop until you escape or the attacker is disabled or killed. • Every woman has the right to defend herself. This is one of the more difficult points for women to accept. There are a multitude of stories about women who allowed a partner to abuse them, even to death. • No one has the right to touch you without your permission. This is a very difficult cultural bias for women to overcome. Est. 1972

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By Ronda J. Sweet How many times have you taught or taken a self-defense class and the following class had someone come back and say they tried the techniques at home on their father, brother, or husband and it didn’t work?? No matter the technique or process, instructors will always hold back to keep from unintentionally hurting a student. Students will assist their classmates to “succeed.” Additional problems arise when you attempt to do a one-time seminar with nonstudents who are not going to practice the techniques you teach over any period of time. So how do you teach women and children effective techniques which may save their lives someday? At our school we teach simple self-defense to all. We start with…

The Rules Don’t be stupid. Be smart. Don’t go down alleys alone. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t be embarrassed, get off that elevator, cross the street. Don’t take chances. If you think someone is following you, turn around and look them in the eye so they know you can identify them if necessary. Run. If attacked or threatened—run. Run towards people, not away. Run to a convenience store— who has more security cameras than a convenience store? Scream and run. Attract attention. Again, go towards people. Forget everything you have seen on television or the movies. Everyone knows—kick ‘em in the crotch, right? If you have a perfectly clear shot and you are positive it will hit and hit hard, then do it. But unless your attacker is standing like a bowlegged cowboy of years past, it’s not such a great idea. In general you have one shot at the element of surprise, don’t waste it. If you are not positive you will hit, forget it. The thigh and hips are the two biggest bone and muscle groups in the body. If you hit them, chances of doing real damage are minimal. If you miss, they will know what you were trying to do and get mad and that means they will retaliate and hurt you or worse. Go for the knees. So what do you do? Knees are always a good target. It doesn’t matter if you hit the front, the side or the back, above the knee or below, a small amount of pressure can take out a knee. How many adults do you know with good knees? How many men? Not many. If you can strike out at a knee and cause them to falter or let go—go back to Rule #3. Don’t try to hit again, just get away. / March 2009


Cat Defense. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in an eďŹ&#x20AC;ective knee shot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to call in the cat. Everyone can relate to cats. Grandma has one, the neighbor has one, kids have them. Love them or hate them, this is something to which all students can relate. How big is your cat? An average cat is around eight to ten pounds. Can a grown man hold an average cat that does not want to be held? In most cases, no. Think about it, if a grown man cannot hold on to a ten-pound cat, why couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a 60-pound child, or a 130-pound woman use the same technique and get away? Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you hold a cat that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be held? What does that cat do to get away? That cat does anything it has toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; scratch, claw, bite, twist, wiggle and jump. They do anything and everything it takes to get away. The best thing about teaching this technique is that everyone can relate to it. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to teach a grab or a hold or a takedown, just a concept. When we teach it in my school, we get students to practice being a cat, while constantly reinforcing the concept so that kids and students understand it is ok to scratch eyes, rip nostrils, scream, whatever it takes. This technique is something your students can remember, when they might forget the hand grab or the foot hook takedown. This is something we need to teach and reinforce. Teach your students to ďŹ ght like a cat.

Awareness Tips t .BDFBOEXFBQPOTBSFHSFBUJGUIFZBSFJOZPVS hand when you are attacked. If you are not fully trained in their use, they can be used against you. t %POUMPPLMJLFBWJDUJN"HFPMEBEWJDF CVU good advice. As mentioned before, if you think someone is following you, turn around, say hello. They will know they can be identiďŹ ed. t #FBXBSFPGZPVSTVSSPVOEJOHT'PSUFFOBHFST and others who work in restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;those rules about keeping the back door locked are for your safety. If you are robbed, follow instructions but if they want you to go back 90 March 2009 /

into the cooler or the back room, the advice I give my own daughter isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go there. The only reason that someone will want you to go somewhere private is to do you harm. Risk getting hurt in the front rooms in front of the windows where you have a shot at getting away, being seen or attracting attention. t %POUCFBGSBJEUPBTLUIFTFDVSJUZHVBSEPS someone else to walk you to your car if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel safe. Would you rather be embarrassed or safe? t 5FTUZPVSTUVEFOUT0OFMFTTPOMFBSOFEGSPN Hurricane Katrina was that many of the separated children could not tell you their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names or telephone numbers. You would be amazed how many ďŹ rst graders when asked their motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mommy.â&#x20AC;? A surprising number could not repeat a phone number of anyone in their family. Kids need to know their phone numbers, with the area code. This goes for pet tags too. If they end up outside your area code, even if they know the phone number, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help much. t 6TFZPVSFOWJSPONFOUUPQSPUFDUZPVSTFMG" pen or a rolled up newspaper can be a weapPO6TFXIBUFWFSZPVIBWFBUIBOEBOEUIFO remember to get away at the ďŹ rst opportunity.

Be like the cat and do whatever it takes to get loose and run away. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ronda J. Sweet is a sixth-dan black belt currently living in New Orleans. For the last three years, she has been the elected Grassroots Director for USA Taekwondoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Directors, with the last two years serving as Chairperson of the USAT Board. She is a current holder of an A-1 Referee certification, a school owner and coach. Additionally, she has been USTU Webmaster, USTU Magazine Editor, Publication Chair and Oklahoma Taekwondo Union President. Since the conversion to the USAT, Ms. Sweet was appointed by the USOC Governance and Management Committee to the Association of States Committee, the USAT Awards Committee as Chair, and to the CEO Search Committee. She has also served as USAT Audit Chair. Her efforts at USAT assisted in bringing about changes to the Head-to-Head Poomsae Competition (bracketed forms), the USAT Dan program, the uniform codes, and the USAT Event Sanctioning, as well as bringing the CIDP program back to the USAT and creating the Grassroots Grants Program and Volunteer and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committees. / March 2009



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American Midwest TKD Academy 315 W Pacific St Webster Grove 63119 (314) 968-9494 Choon Leeʼs Black Belt Academy 121 NE 72nd St Gladstone 64114 (816) 436-5909 Kuk Sool Won of St. Peters #1 Sutters Mill Road St. Peters 63376 (636) 928-0035 Master Jeʼs World Martial Arts 6204 NW Barry Rd Kansas City 64154 (816) 741-1300


Cane Masters Intl Association PO Box 7301 Incline Village 89452

East West Martial Art Supply 2301 E Sunset Rd Suite 22 Las Vegas 89119 (702) 260-4552 Wheatley Intl TaeKwon-Do 1790 W Fourth St Reno 89503 (775) 826-2355


Cumberland County Martial Arts 531 N High St Millville 08332 (856) 327-2244 International Martial Arts 10 Main St Woodbridge 07095 888-IMATKD1 Ki Yun Yiʼs Karate Institute 560 S Evergreen Ave Woodbury 08096 (609) 848-2333 Richard Chun TaeKwonDo Center 87 Stonehurst Dr Tenafly 07670 (201) 569-3260


Grandmaster Hee Il Choʼs TKD 8214 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque 87110 (505) 292-4277


Black Belt Fitness Center 54-10 31st Ave Woodside 11377 (718) 204-1777 Dynamics World Martial Supply (800) 538-1995 Intl Taekwon-Do Academy 54 Nagle Ave New York City 10034 (212) 942-9444 Iron Dragon Fitness & SelfDefense 88-8 Dunning Rd Middletown 10940 (845) 342-3413 New Age TKD & Hapkido 2535 Pearsall Ave Bronx 10469 (347)228-8042 Pro Martial Arts (866) 574-0228 Queens Taekwon-do Center 89-16 Roosevelt Ave Basement Jackson Heights 11372 (718) 639-6998 TʼaeCole TKD Fitness 909 Willis Ave Albertson 11507 (516) 739-7699


NKMAA - North Carolina Master Monty Hendrix Essential Martial Arts, Inc (336) 282-3000 Lionʼs Den Martial Arts 413 N Durham Ave Creedmore 27522 (919) 528-6291 World TaeKwonDo Center 112 Kilmayne Dr Cary 27511 (919) 469-6088


NKMAA-Ohio Master Doug Custer Nacient Oriental Fighting Arts 608 S Platt St, Montpelier 43543


NKMAA-Oregon Master Kevin Janisse NW Korean Martial Arts 12083 SE Eagle Dr,Clackamas 97015

PENNSYLVANIA ICF Hapkido 7252 Valley Ave Philadelphia 19128 (215) 483-5070

Intl Tang Soo Do Federation 3955 Monroeville Blvd Monroeville 15146 (412) 373-8666 Mark Cashattʼs TKD School 30 West Broad St Souderton 18964 (215) 721-1839 Pan-Am Tang Soo Do Federation 1450 Mt Rose Ave York 17403 (717) 848-5566 Red Tiger TaeKwonDo-USTC 1912 Welsh Rd Philadelphia 19115 (215) 969-9962 The Martial Artist 9 Franklin Blvd Philadelphia 19154 (800) 726-0438 World Tang Soo Do Association 709 Oregon Ave Philadelphia 19146 (215) 468-2121


World Black Belt Bureau Grandmaster Kang Rhee Cordova (Memphis) 38088 (901) 757-5000


Alakoji Knife & Martial Art Supply San A 302 W Madison Ave Harlingen 78550 (956) 440-8382 Central Texas TKD Council Master Danny Passmore (254) 662-3229

Champion Training 522 W Harwood Rd Hurst 76054 (817) 605-1555


Kim始s Academy of TaeKwonDo 4447 Thousand Oaks Dr San Antonio 78233 (210) 653-2700

First Canada Tang Soo Do 209 3400 14th St NW Calgary T2K 1H9 (403) 284-BBKI

Kuk Sool Won of Austin 13376 Reserach Blvd #605 Austin 78750 (512) 258-7373


Kuk Sool Won of Baytown 805 Maplewood Baytown 77520 (281) 428-4930 Kuk Sool Won of Clear Lake 907 El Dorado Blvd #110 Houston 77062 (281) 486-5425 Progressive Martial Arts 112 E Sam Rayburn Dr Bonham 75418 (903) 583-6160 World Kuk Sool Won 20275 FM 2920 Tomball 77375 (281) 255-2550


Stadion Enterprises Island Pond 05846 (802) 723-6175


USA Tiger Martial Arts 48 Plaza Drive Manakin Sabot 23103 (804) 741-7400 World Famous USA Tiger Martial 3941 Deep Rock Rd Richmond 23233 (804) 741-7400 World Martial Arts Group Dr. Jerry Beasley Christiansburg 24068


Robert Ott Martial Arts 9235 Piperhill Dr SE Olympia 98513 (360) 888-0474

COM-DO Direct (780) 460-7765

Intl Bum Moo HKD-Hoshinkido 111 Laurentides Blvd Pont-Viau Montreal Laval H7G-2T2 (450) 662-9987


Kuk Sool Won of Sault Ste. Marie 40 White Oak Dr E Sault Ste. Marie P6B 4J8 (705) 253-4220 NKMAA- Ontario Master Dusty Miner Sidekicks School of MA 2421 New St, Burlington


World Martial Arts League Klaus Schuhmacher Rhoenstr 55 Offenbach 63971


Great Britain Tang Soo Do Headquarters for Europe TSD Tel: 01234-766-468


Martial Arts Academy of India 30 GF DDA Flads, Sarvapriva, Vihar, New Delhi 110016 Tel: (011) 686-1625 Martial Arts Training Gulmohar Sports Center New Delhi 110049 Tel: 9111-467-1540


Zulfi TKD Academy of Pakistan II-B 10/2 Nazimabad Karachi Tel: 9221-660-5788


Korean MA Instructors Association SongSanRi 661, BonJi JonNam JangSongKun JangSongUb Chollanamdo

Sim始s TaeKwonDo USA 9460 Rainier Ave S Seattle 98118 (206) 725-4191


American Martial Arts Center 2711 Allen Blvd Suite 82 Middleton 53562 (808) 831-5967 J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy 12645 W Lisbon Rd Brookfield 53005 (262) 783-5131

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The only WTF-recognized standard poomsae video textbook available used by instructors, demonstrators and referees. Each DVD contains full-length poomsae instruction. Multilanguage version (Korean / English / French / Spanish / German). Item D035 / 4-disk set / $99.00

Exclusive video footage authorized only for sale by TKDT. View the full color DVD of the entire Cedar Rapids demonstration as the North Korea TKD Team dazzles and delights with high-flying kicks, devastating breaks and self-defense skits that will have you on the edge of your seat. Witness this once in a lifetime show in your home today and receive a bonus DVD with full color photos of their historic trip to the U.S. Item D047/ $15.00 Reduced to $4.99!

ITF Tul ITF Basic Posture, Chon-Ji, Dan-Gun, Do-San, Won-Hyo, Yul-Gok, Joong-Gun, Toi-Gae, Hwa-Rang, Choong-Moo. Vol. 2:Kwang-Gae, Po-Eun, Ge-Baek, Eui-Am, Choong-Jang, Ju-Che, Sam-Il, Yoo-Sin, Choi-Yong. Languages: Korean, English and Japanese. 210 minutes. Item D043 / Entire 2-disk set / $55.00

17th Spain World TKD Championships Watch gorgeous techniques of top-level players as they compete in Madrid. Witness the introduction of “sudden death” and how changing the matches from three to two minutes intensifies the bouts! 240 minutes. Item D040 / $32.00

Master Jung’s Know-How of Actual Gyeorugi This 4-disk set, featuring the Bible of Taekwondo Gyeorugi is taught by Professor Jung. Amongst his highest achievements are being a four-time consecutive World Taekwondo champion and a gold medalist in the 1988 Olympics. Vol. 1: Basic Skills. Vol. 2: Step and Feint Motion. Vol. 3: Strategy. Vol. 4: Real Competition Strategy. 480 minutes. Language: Korean Subtitles: English, Spanish. Item D038 / $99.00

Flow and Flexibility These carefully chosen techniques from the Budokon System will teach you to address areas of weakness and limited range while cultivating kinetic chains of energy and seamless transitions. Props recommended: fitness mat, yoga brick. Item DPP01 / $25.00

World Taekwondo Hanmadang 2005 Watch 2,899 TKD players from ten countries compete in diverse events like poomsae, breaking, aerobics, hoshinsul, and more. New events such as ‘consecutive turning and kick-breaking’ and ‘jumping kick-breaking’ appear for the first time and set new world records. Languages: Korean, English. 140 minutes. Item D037 / $19.00

Arirang Festival DVD This multi-million dollar production takes all year to create and incorporates thousands of performers. View the full color extravaganza as you see superior artistry and coordination, wonderful singing and spectacular dance. Item D046/ $10.00

Revolution of Kicking II This product is a two volume set. When you grasp the knowledge and skills in this DVD set, you will possess the skills to be a master! Now Mooto reveals the know-how of Tae Kwon Do Air kicking on the master level. This easy explanation with classified kicking can be modeled for your training. Vol 1: Pine board breaking, single breaking, breakfall breaking, and combination. Vol 2: Breaking with turn, In air dwi-chagi, obstacle breaking, and general breaking. Item D048 / $43.00

2001-2003 World Taekwondo Matches A four-disk set showcasing the World Taekwondo matches from 2001 to 2003. Vol. 1 (200 min.): The 2001 World Cup in Vietnam. Vol. 2 (240 min.): The 15th Jeju World Taekwondo Championships. Vol. 3 (235 min.): The 2002 Tokyo Taekwondo World Cup. Vol. 4 (240 min.): The 2003 World Taekwondo Championships.Item D039 / $109.00

Strength and Balance This program is designed specifically to strengthen and tone the entire body while cultivating incredible arm and single leg balance. Props recommended: fitness mat, yoga brick. Item DPP02 / $25.00

Power and Agility This is the preferred training tool for experienced yogis, MMA fighters, martial artists, and Olympic athletes alike. Props recommended: fitness mat, yoga brick. Item DPP03 / $25.00

Essential Defense System This three-disc DVD set with Michael Aloia delivers a simple, effective approach to self-protection. Vol 1: methods of E.D.S. Vol 2: striking, takedowns, joint locks, controls and theory. Vol 3: falling, confined spaces and weapon defenses. Item DPP04 / $32.99

Secrets of Stretching Learn what determines how flexible you are, how to choose your stretching method for any sport or martial art, and have full flexibility without any warm-up.Multi-language version in English, French and Spanish. 92 minutes. Item DPP06 / $49.95

The Power High Kicks with No Warm-Up! Learn to kick high and with power without any warm-up! Kick “cold” without injuring yourself or pulling muscles and put more power and snap in your high kicks. 80 minutes. Item DPP07 / $49.95

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See the dynamic stretch that is most important for kickers; plus step-by-step drills for front kick, side kick, roundhouse kick and for combinations. 101 minutes. Item DPP08 / $29.95

Commando Krav Maga (Vol.1-5): Survive Vicious Ground Attacks (Vol.1&2): Survive Any Gun Confrontation (Vol. 1&2): Best Of The Israeli Fighting Systems (Vol. 1&2): Vicious Knife Attacks (3 Disc Series): Military Krav Maga (One Vol.): Street Survival (One Vol.): Combatant (One Vol.). Item DPP12 / $392.95

Basic Instincts of Self-Defense Learn defenses against unarmed attacks, including 55 common attacks that turn the attackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s force against him. 104 minutes. Item DPP09 / $39.95

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Acrobatic Tumbling Step-by-step instruction for one-hand, two-hand, and aerial cartwheels, round-off, front and back handspring, and front somersault. 105 minutes. Item DPP10 / $49.95

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Featured Books The Book of Teaching & Learning TaeKwonDo 12 chapter book details how TKD was introduced as an Olympic sport and the tasks facing TKD people to maintain its Olympic status after the 2012 London Olympic Games. Also with 68 pages of poomsae diagrams.448 pages, Hardcover. Item B041 / $69.95

Taekwon-Do: The Korean Art of SelfDefense A well-condensed version of General Choiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Encyclopedia, the book, also by Gen. Choi, is 765 pages and focuses on self-defense aspects of Taekwon-Do plus its history. Additional postage required. Hardcover. Item B015 / $99.00

Choi Kwang Do Learn the science behind Choi Kwang Do and how its practitioners can live more productive, longer and healthier lives. Additional postage required. Item B037 / $99.00

WTF Taekwondo Textbook This 766-page Kukkiwon textbook is a compilation of all available updated data regarding TKD and focuses on the scientific analysis of theories as well as the three-dimensional illustrations of major physical motions. Additional postage required. Item B039 / $84.99

Taekwondo: Korean Traditional Martial Arts: Philosophy & Culture Grandmaster Kyong Myong Lee, a certified WTF ninth-dan, writes this 300-page, full color, coffee-table sized book offering a panoramic overview of TKD. Item B034 / $59.95

Authentic Tang Soo Do Learn authentic Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) from an internationally known and respected authority, Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim, known for his dynamic technique, as well as his knowledge of Tang Soo Do. Item B035 / $124.95

Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do This one of a kind encyclopedia by Gen. Choi Hong Hi has 15 volumes consisting of 5000 pages with 30,000 photos. The encyclopedia is the culmination of General Choiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifelong research into TKDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and development. Hardcover English Version. Additional postage required. ORDER NOW, LIMITED SUPPLY! Item B014 / $275.00

Taekwondo Kyorugi: Olympic Style Sparring Learn sparring secrets of Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World Champion Kuk Hyun Chung, WTF Deputy GeneralSecretary Kyung Myung Lee, and translator and editor Sang H. Kim. Item B027 / $12.95

Freestyle Sparring The ultimate freestyle sparring book for beginners to advanced martial artists in all hard-style disciplines. Regardless of skill level, the skills, drills, tactics, and conditioning taught will make you a faster, stronger and smarter fighter. Item B033 / $19.95

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The Making of a Martial Artist This book offers practical lessons on harmonious living and helps turn dreams into reality. Hardcover Item B002 / $20.00

Martial Meditation: Philosophy and the Essence of the Martial Arts This 370-page textbook by Dr. Daeshik Kim and Allan Back examines the essence, distinctions and dynamics between art, sport, martial arts and martial sports and their historic and philosophical perspectives. Hardcover. Item B021 / $22.75

Eastern Spirit, Western Dreams This 226-page memoir captures the true hardships and joys of a small town, South Korean farm boy, TKDT Publisher Woojin Jung, who lives out his American dream. Item B038A (English) / $14.00 Item B038B (Korean) / $14.00

Mastering Taekwondo Sparring: The Basics A comprehensive look at all aspects of sparring and how to become the complete Taekwondo fighter. Item B029 / $29.95

Best Instructor + Best School = Best Life! This 329-page book written by Grandmaster Woojin Jung is a must-have for school owners, instructors and students with a dream. Not only a helpful guide for new students to find the best instructor possible, this book is also a guide for new and established instructors and school owners on how to successfully manage and maintain a martial arts business. Item B030 / $25.00 Reduced to $19.00!

Featured Books Gold Medal Mental Workout for Combat Sports Package Set includes one book, one training log and four CDs. Let Dariusz Nowicki, the top East European sports psychologist, show you how the science of psychology can combine with your skill and physical training to make you a winner! Item BPP01 / $59.95

Stretching Scientifically Attain maximum height in your kicks with no warm-up! Stretch safely and quickly to achieve and maintain maximum flexibility. Develop each of the three kinds of flexibility: dynamic, static active and static passive.214 pages. Softcover. Item BPP02 / $25.99

Explosive Power and Jumping Ability for all Sports How well you jump and how powerfully you punch, pull, or throw depends on your explosive power, on your special endurance for explosive movements, and on your speed, coordination, and flexibility. This book tells you how to develop each of these abilities. 138 pages. Softcover. Item BPP03 / $23.95

Science of Sports Training This book uses the sports training know-how of internationally known training specialists to improve your speed, strength, power, endurance, coordination, and flexibility, as well as technical and tactical skills, while avoiding overtraining and injuries. 424 pages. Softcover. Item BPP05 / $39.95

Children and Sports Training The needs of boys and girls in sports training are dramatically different. Learn how to match the right sport with the right child, the right training program for the age and gender of the child. Learn the “sensitive ages” for development of movement abilities (endurance, coordination, speed, strength, flexibility). 250 pages. Softcover. Item BPP04 / $29.95

The Will Power This complete martial arts book by Maurice Elmalem has over 700 photos, illustrations and instructions, plus special training drills for fighting, endurance, speed and power. Learn breaking, self-defense, fighting applications, and how to become the best of the best. Paperback Item BPP06p / $29.99 Hardcover Item BPP06h / $34.99

Breaking Unlimited Breaking Unlimited by Maurice Elmalem is the only book written solely on the art of breaking. It features stepby-step instructions on how to break wood, glass, bricks, ice, cinder blocks, and more, in many different ways. Paperback Item BPP07 / $29.99

The Bible of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu A special book for studying and perfecting the “soft art” of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It details step-by-step the technical aspects of various techniques and submissions using easy to understand photos. Paperback Item BPP09 / $29.99

Chung Do Kwan: The Power of Tae Kwon Do The book offers the history and philosophy of Tae Kwon Do. With illustrations, this book presents Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do with clear and easy to follow instructions. 164 pages. Item BPP14 / $15.50

Simple Zen: A Guide to Living Moment by Moment Zen is a dynamic way to enhance living and improve martial arts practice. Easy to follow exercises are given for practice of meditation with poetry, brush painting, martial arts, and more. 158 pages. Item BPP15 / $12.95

JKD Without Limits Discussing the martial art founded by legendary Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, the book contains: lessons from the ring, sparring, Bruce Lee’s five ways of attacking, and firearms training for martial artists. Paperback Item BPP10 / $29.99

Fighting Dynamics This explosive book by Maurice Elmalem covers all aspects of fighting with over 1000 photos, various fighting styles of martial arts demonstrated by movie stars, historians, celebrities and grandmasters. Paperback Item BPP08 / $29.99

Taekwondo: Building on the Basics Perfect your Taekwondo skills at every level! Written by experienced instructors and authors, this book expands fundamentals, improves sparring, offers advanced leg and hand techniques, teaches realistic selfdefense methods, and unlocks the potentials of the mind using meditation. 260 pages. Item BPP11 / $18.95

Meditation from Thought to Action with Audio CD Learn meditation with these easy-to-follow exercises and methods. Learn the roots of Yoga, Buddhism, Zen, Confucianism, and Daoism. Learn mental and body tools to begin meditating and clear the mind. The CD teaches the skills from the book and guides listeners into a deep meditative state. Item BPP12 / $18.95

Zen Around the World: A 2500 Year Journey from the Buddha to You The entire story of Zen. Martial artists will find inspiration along with instruction in traditional and innovative Zen meditation methods to help sharpen mental skills to add more focus, accuracy, speed, and power in every technique. 242 pages. Item BPP13 / $15.50

Simple Confucianism This book offers a clear and concise guide to the history, key concepts, and principles of Confucianism including benevolence, central harmony, the mean, and becoming a sage.140 pages. Item BPP16 / $12.95

Simple Buddhism: A Guide to Enlightened Living An accessible guide to Buddhist concepts and practices including Mahayana and Theravada traditions. This book gives history, themes, and exercises including key mental practices such as the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. 133 pages. Item BPP17 / $12.95

Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance A clear explanation of Taoism with simple exercises in meditation, breathing, chi kung, and tai chi chuan. An informative discussion of key Taoist concepts including “wu-wei” (achieving through non-action), “yin” and “yang”, and “te” (power and virtue). 177 pages. Item BPP18 / $12.95

Simple Tibetan Buddhism: A Guide to Tantric Living A concise introduction to the unique history and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, a philosophy that integrates ritual with practice. With simple exercies for incorporating visualization, diety yoga, mandalas, mantras and the esoteric, effective tantric methods, this book opens up new possibilities.144 pages. Item BPP19 / $12.95

Featured Books Tao in Ten, Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth This book presents fundamental teachings from Taoism in ten easy lessons with a brief history.Each of the ten lessons gives experiences and understandings of a key Taoist principle, revealing the infinite potentials for better living at One with Tao. 158 pages. Item BPP20 / $12.95

Zen in Ten, Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth This book begins with a brief history to reveal Zen’s development and evolution through the ages. The ten lessons give fundamental principles and significant understandings of Zen. 152 pages. Item BPP21 / $12.95

Chi Gong Medicine From God Lose weight with a seaweed diet. Prevent altitude and divers sickness, and many other advantages of Chi.Item B042 / $19.95

Buddhism in Ten, Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth The Ten lessons contain fun damental principles of Buddhism along with clear and effective ways to apply Buddhism to many areas of life.152 pages. Item BPP22 / $12.95

Korean Martial Art: The Conquer of America By Ho Sung Lee.The story of the history of Tae Kwon Do in the United States and the Korean pioneers who brought the art to America. 344 pages. Only available in Korean. Item B040 / $19.99

Closeout Champions 2000: 14th Men’s & 7th Women’s WTF Championships Video Vol. A contains men’s and women’s fin, fly and men’s bantam competitions. Item T021A / $35.00 Reduced to $4.99! Vol. B contains women’s bantam and men’s and women’s feather & light matches. Item T021B / $35.00 Reduced to $4.99! Vol. C contains men’s and women’s welter, middle and heavyweight championships Item T021C / $35.00 Reduced to $4.99!

Success and the Creative Imagination: The Unique Power of Do Sang Kyu Shim’s book provides a rich model of the way one can bring diversity of expression to the unity of understanding and fulfillment. Item B026 / $15.00 Reduced to $4.99!

Tae Kwon Do, Volume I & II Vol. 1 contains all of Poomsae (forms), Taeguek 1-8 and Palgwe 1-8, required to earn a black belt from the WTF. Vol. 2 illustrates Poomsae from Cho Dan to Grandmaster. Item B003 / Vol. 1 / $15.00 Reduced to $2.99! Item B004 / Vol. 2 / $15.00 Reduced to $2.99!

Featured Trainingg Products & Novelties Re-Useable Breaking Boards Endorsed by the Korea Taekwondo Association, the board’s rectangular shape and padding make it easier to hold while its slide groove enables faster and easier reassembling. Board color corresponds to belt level. Item K007/ Yellow (Easiest) $24.95 / Blue (Easy) $24.95 / Red (Harder) $24.95 / Black (Hardest) $28.95

The Ultimate Martial Arts Board High strength plastic construction allows the board to be re-breakable time after time. A rubber palm pad provides a cushion for the holder. Different colors represent level of difficulty. Item K011 / White $34.95 / Orange $34.95 / Green $34.95 / Blue $34.95 / Brown $34.95 / Black $34.95

Jang Bong Sul (Long Pole) This three-section staff easily screws together to form the six-foot long bong that has been a part of Korean martial history for over 4,000 years. Constructed with a durable core su wood-simulated padded covering th strikes and blows. Item K008 / $29.95

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Belt Display Rack Display your belts in this stylish rack. The rack measures 12” x 25”. Belts not included. Item DR01 / $31.95

HapkidoGear Shoe This shoe uses existing RingStar technology with Hapkido specific refinements to create the first shoe born for Hapkido. HapkidoGear shoes are specifically designed for both training and sparring. The unique materials used in this make it the lightest, most comfortable and protective shoe available. Item NPP01 / $82.99

HapkidoGear Cane The New Tactical Cane from HapkidoGear is designed to be the perfect training aid in the Dojang and to meet the requirements of real world usage. Using high tech aluminum alloy and durable powder coating in it’s construction along with sure grip knurling on the shaft, this cane is the most highly developed and versatile available today. Item NPP02 / $75.0


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