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28 The Girl They Call Chun-Li TKDT Exclusive! Read our exclusive interview with Kristin Kreuk, martial artist and lead actress in the hit Creative Director movie, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Get the Elizabeth Brown details on her martial arts background and favorite Business Director moves. Brian Heckart Managing Editor Laura Stolpe
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41 Buncheong Pottery View the exquisite pottery made exclusively at Mount Gyeriong in South Korea. Travel with reporter Gregory Brundage as he visits the intimate village and speaks with the renowned Master Lim on the art, history and design process of Buncheong pottery.
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The Renaissance Man: Grandmaster Maurice Elmalem Meet the Renaissance Man, Grandmaster Maurice Elmalem. With over forty years experience in the martial arts, GM Elmalem has been on many television shows and graced the covers of martial arts magazines worldwide. Check out why he is known for his amazing skills, can-do attitude, and spectacular demonstrations.
58 Breaking it Down:The Basics of a Break Learn the fundamentals and science behind the perfect break. Get information on breaking materials and striking surfaces to better enhance your next demonstration. 63 Record-Breaking Moves TKDT Exclusive! In November 2008, Norwegian Narve Laeret broke 700 cement blocks in 29 seconds, smashing the Guinness World Record. TKDT grabbed an exclusive interview with the new record holder to find out how he mentally prepared to make the break.
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67 Breaking Boundaries: TKD Curriculum in Public School Learn how one school system in California is taking TKD to a whole new level, appointing Master James Nam as its new athletic director, building a dojang in the school and teaching TKD to school kids all year long.
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72 An Expert Break: Tips on Breaking From the Pros An informational Q & A with experts in the field of breaking, including Grandmaster Hee Il Cho, Grandmaster Ralph Bergamo, and Master Drew Serrano. Find out their thoughts and advice to execute an expert break. 78 A Break in Self-Defense While the break is a technique that is impressive in a demonstration, its concepts and movements can also be used in tactical self-defense. Read how you can take your breaking moves and use them against an assailant. 83 Silambam: An Ancient Indian Staff Fighting Art Since the dawn of man, people have been using sticks in battle. Read how the ancient art of Silambam was developed and learn a few moves along the way. 88 Kettlebells are Back What was once old is new again as the world sees a resurgence in the use of kettlebells to strengthen and train the martial artists’ body. Check out some techniques and learn the benefits of training with kettlebells.
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Imitation Grandmasters You see it more and more. Martial artists in their late thirties and early forties suddenly earning the status of grandmaster. How does this happen? How is it even possible? From what organization are they earning their ninth-degree status that declares them to be a grandmaster? Well, they certainly are not earning this status from the two largest organizations of Tae Kwon Do in the world, the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Earning a ninth-degree black belt in the ITF requires a minimum of 39 years of experience, and that’s just from the time you earn your black belt. The WTF has similar levels of experience required to reach belt levels and also requires a ninth-dan to be at least 53 years of age or over. Most schools have very strict rules on rank promotions. It takes, on average, a minimum of two and a half years to earn a first-degree black belt. From that point, it takes a minimum of one and half years experience as a first-degree before you can achieve a second-degree; two years experience as second-degree before moving on to thirddegree; and as you move up in the ranks, it takes just as many years of experience as is the belt level; equaling a minimum of 39 years experience as a black belt alone before even being considered for promotion to ninth-degree. Even if you do achieve the minimum 39 years experience required, that is no guarantee that you will be awarded a ninth-dan. A ninth-dan will only be bestowed upon a martial artist if the special designated committee examines the student and reaches unanimous
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consent. The status and rank of grandmaster is not only about physical technique, but it is seen as an all-encompassing position, one that hosts the physical aspects of Tae Kwon Do along with its five tenets: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, selfcontrol, and indomitable spirit. A grandmaster is someone who is greatly respected in his community, a person who is looked up to and in which people can believe. The martial artists who are miraculously earning their ninth-dan rank at such young ages, are not earning this position the same way it is earned within the halls of Kukkiwon. They are achieving this rank in off-shoots of Tae Kwon Do organizations that have lowered their standards in order to grab more attention and promote their businesses. This is not the honorable way of a martial artist. This does not adhere to the tenets of Tae Kwon Do. It should be known that this practice is unacceptable to legitimate martial artists and makes a mockery of the martial arts. So the next time you see a ninth-degree black belt that is only 40 years of age, a status often earned in one’s late fifties or early sixties, be sure to ask him or her from where they received the honorable rank of grandmaster? “Uniting The World Through Martial Arts.”
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Daedo & TrueScore Merge
Silicon Valley, CA— TrueScore wireless has been providing electronic scoring systems for TKD in the U.S over the last 12 years. Now the scoring system has merged with Daedo International, the largest martial arts supply company in the world and sponsor for TKD in the World games and Olympic Games since 1988. TrueScore CEO Jin Song, electronic engineer, and Vice President Kevin McCullough, former U.S Team member, have been working on the system for the last eight years, making TrueScore the leading electronic impact sensor company and one of four companies that created the Wireless Chest Protector for sport Tae Kwon Do. Daedo International and Truescore’s goal is to have the system used in the 2012 Olympic Games and will be used in several major tournaments in Europe and the U.S., including the German Open, Austrian Open, and Belgium Open, as well as tournaments in California, Utah, Boston, Texas, and Florida. Cane Master in the News
Incline Village, Nevada—A Wall Street Journal article by Jennifer Levitz continues to promote strong interest in Cane Master Mark Shuey, Sr. He was interviewed by Fox San Diego in late 2008 and PBS is currently interviewing students of his American Cane System in various locations and began filming a story about him and his work in the areas of defense, health and rehabilitation. Nationally recognized AARP also prepared an article on Master Shuey published in the March issue of AARP The Magazine. School Opening Mark Shuey, Sr. Kearney, NJ—A new school offering Wushu and SanShou instruction opens in Central New Jersey. Zhaung Yuan Wushu Academy is opening a branch in Kearney, New Jersey. The head instructor is Sifu Belida Han Uckun, who has been published in TaeKwonDo Times, Ultimate Grappling, Inside Kung Fu and Kung Fu QiGong magazines. Adult and children’s classes will be taught in Kung Fu, competition Sanshou and selfdefense.
TKD Peace Corps
Seoul, Korea—The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) held an activation ceremony for the 2008/09 Winter Taekwondo Peace Corps in Seoul, Korea in January 2009. Held at the headquarters of GCS International in downtown Seoul, the ceremony drew members of the 2008/09 Winter Taekwondo Peace Corps and dignitaries. The WTF announced a total of 32 successful applicants for the 2008/09 Winter Taekwondo Peace Corps. The members travel to the countries of Greece, Russia, Morocco, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Egypt, China and Kirgyzstan in teams of four, for one-month periods. The
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TKD Peace Corps participants
Taekwondo Peace Corp project is promoted by the WTF and organized by GCS International, a United Nations-recognized non-governmental organization with a special consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council. GCS stands for goodwill, cooperation and service. WTF President Chungwon Choue serves as head of GCS International. “Through the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps program, I am confident that Tae Kwon Do could contribute to the promotion of global peace,” said WTF President Choue. Martial Artist Earns Role
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Naperville, IL—Sharkey’s Karate Studio’s very own Matt Mullins has once again stepped into the limelight in the new kids’ hit TV series Kamen Rider on WGN. Described as an upscale Power Rangers, it features 18-year-old Kit Taylor, who after his father’s disappearance, is accidentally launched into the world of the Kamen Riders. There he is trained by Wing Knight, played by martial artist Matt Mullins. Together they set off to battle General Xaviax and the ten corrupt Kamen Riders in hopes to save the Earth and find Kit’s father. The show is loaded with lots of action, twisted plots and marital art fight scenes. Matt began his training at Sharkey’s Karate Studio in Naperville, Illinois where he earned his black belt and became a fivetime world champion competitor in sport martial arts.
Moore Teen Scores Victory as All-Star Competitor
Moore, OK—14-year-old Ashli Takashima swept through her division at the Austin Friendship Tae Kwon Do Games in early 2009, representing Combat Martial Arts Academy as a member of the ProtecUSA All-Star Tae Kwon Do Team. Her performance was consistent with her long record of tournament successes. The metro-area teen won first place in sparring and third in forms. Ashli, who won the gold medal at the Amateur Athletic Union’s (AAU) National Tae Kwon Do Championships in July 2008, dispatched her two sparring opponents quickly, winning the first match 8 to 1, and the second by a score of 9 to 1. Known for being an excellent counter-fighter, she breezed through the first match. Ashli’s success didn’t end with her sparring victory, as she also placed third in the forms competition as well. Quarterly Practice Held
Pompton Lakes, NJ—The Korea Jung Ki Hapkido & Kuhapdo Association of America recently held its quarterly Hapkido practice session. With 50 masters, black belts, and students in attendance, the workout was outstanding. Participants practiced traditional Jung Ki Hapkido exercises and techniques. In attendance were the Jung Ki Kwan of Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The Jung Ki Kwan is under the direction of Grandmaster Lim and Hyun Soo, ninth-dan promoted by Founder Choi.
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August 14-16, 2009 + Cost of Event: $95.00 Location: Temple of Certain Victory - Olympia, Washington
Grandmaster In Sun Seo
Through the training under his father Chairman Grand Master In Sun Seo, Master Steve Seo has become molded into the Director of Techniques and Skills for the World Han Min Jok Hapkido Association/World Kido Federation for the USA and abroad. This is the second time that Master Steve Seo has been hosted by Master Robert J. Ott the Chief Master of the World Kidokwan Federation. “His techniques are tight and yet vector out with Ki energy through each motion. The way he is able to take true traditional Korean Martial Arts and keep & up hold it while at the same time both shortening and lengthening critical techniques is that of a man who not only understands these skills but is ready to carry on the teachings of his father to the next generation.
This event will be 3 days of training and enjoyment wrapped up into one. From the beautiful Northwest water to the quality of food served at this function any Martial Artist will ﬁnd this to be educational and relaxing all at the same time. This seminar is designed for fellow Moosa to come together and grow in both relationship and knowledge with guests from all over the country. For information on address, schedule, items to bring, lodging and more, please contact Master Robert J. Ott the ofﬁcial host and Chief Master of the Temple of Certain Victory at email@example.com. For more information and or payment visit www.certainvictory.com. Participants will be able to pay through check, pay pal, cash at front door with a $30.00 increase for expedited processing. Our goal is to have students registered by July 1, 2009.
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August 14-16, 2009 + Cost of Event: $95.00 Location: Temple of Certain Victory - Olympia, Washington Each participant will be receiving certiﬁcates from both the World Han Min Jok Hapkido Federation under chairman & Grand Master In Sun Seo and recognized World Kidokwan Federation President Robert J. Ott with special guest Master Steve Seo. Awards will be presented along with photos both single and group. Signed copies of the front pages of magazines of both Masters will be available for no charge. The Biography of Pilsung/ Certain Victory by Robert J. Ott and ﬁlmed documentary are also available. (See website for pricing information)
Grandmaster Kenneth P. MacKenzie
Also featuring special guest visitor Grand Master and highest ranking American Sin Moo Hapkido certiﬁed Kenneth P. MacKenzie who will attend in a show of friendship, support and unity in the Korean Martial Arts. Chief Master Robert J. Ott
For an informational package and FREE DVD featuring the instructors of this event, please contact Robert J. Ott at firstname.lastname@example.org A deposit will be necessary to lock in your place as a participant of this seminar.
4th IKMAF Symposium
The 4th International Korean Martial Arts Federation (IKMAF) Symposium was held in late 2008. The event was hosted by Masters Richard Lemaster and Michael Macario at the Apex Community Center, in Apex, North Carolina. Over 70 members attended from various states. Masters Henry Major, Richard Lemaster, and Michael Macario taught various aspects of IKMAF’s three main curriculums, Yu Shin Hapkido, Choson Kwon Bup, and Jeong Tong Taekwondo. Ian A. Cyrus, Headmaster of IKMAF, taught the basic hyung along with Shin Chong (applications) of Choson Kwon Bup, three of the more complex throws of Hapkido, and Oriental Medicine with a focus on how to treat low back pain. Traditional Tang Soo Do Seminar
Calgary, Canada—In November 2008, Grandmaster Richard Byrne of Malden, Massachusetts, the president of American Tang Soo Do Association and the United Tang Soo Do Congress, traveled to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to conduct the 2008 Traditional Tang Soo Do seminar. The event was held at Black Belt of Karate in Calgary. Students from all First Canada Tang Soo Do schools attended the seminar that was organized and hosted by Master Carl Tate, the highest ranking Tang Soo Do master instructor in Canada. Grandmaster Richard Byrne was the guest grandmaster instructor who taught classes in self-defense, one steps, history of training in Korea, and takedown techniques. Grandmaster Byrne was awarded the white hat, a traditional award given by Tourism Canada as a symbol of Calgary’s Western hospitality, for being the first Grandmaster of Tang Soo Do to visit Canada. He also received a custom made belt buckle for his promotion to the rank of ninth-dan black belt in the art of Tang Soo Do. Master Carl Tate also was awarded the white hat, making Master Tate the first Master in Canada history to receive the white hat for teaching the art of Tang Soo Do in Canada. Georgia Governor Honors Young Martial Artists
Suwanee, GA—In December 2008, Georgia’s Governor Sonny Perdue met with ten-year-old Choi Kwang Do martial arts students and black belt club members, Charlie Dickson and Chris Varela, to formally congratulate them on their recent fundraising project for collecting canned foods and donations for the community food bank. Charlie Dickson and Chris Varela worked together to design, prepare, and distribute flyers to all participants at Suwanee Choi Kwang Do in order to collect cash and food donations for this special project. As a result of their hard work and effort, they successfully collected in excess of their goals and were very proud to turn over these donations to the Gwinnett County food bank, a non-profit organization who was experiencing shortages of food for distribution to homeless families in the community during the holidays. Governor Perdue expressed his sincere appreciation for their unselfish acts of volunteering their time and energy to help others. He congratulated them on being excellent role models and community leaders in Georgia. And, he welcomed them, along with their families, to the State Capitol to receive special letters of recognition CKD students meet Governor
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signed and presented by the Governor for their selfless acts of service. Black Belt Promotions
Suwanee, GA—In December 2008, the Suwanee Choi Kwang Do School successfully added 16 new black belt candidates to its active base of students as a result of a very successful black belt testing at the international Choi Kwang Do Suwanee blackbelt promotions Headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia. Of these 16 students, 11 were children and adults who earned the ranking of IL Dan, first-degree black belt, and five were children and adults who earned the ranking of EE Dan, second-degree black belt. 2nd Annual Hwang Seminar
Raleigh, NC—Grandmaster K.S. Hwang, ninth-dan and president of the Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation, performed training for the students and colleagues of Elizabeth Roshdy, host of the 2nd Annual Hwang Seminar. Grandmaster Hwang hit the ground running with a synopsis of theory of power and sine wave and then discussed stances and their body weight distribution to facilitate advanced kicking techniques. Postural alignment and procedures in which instructors may utilize to correct and perfect any student were also taught. Grandmaster Hwang flowed into propelling free-sparring skills when he had all participants work the material with partners from different schools. Grandmaster Hwang also taught some of his unique and highly effective defenses against chokeholds. Master Becomes U.S. Director
Batavtia, IL—Police Officer Edgardo Perez, eighth-dan in Warrior Hapkido and Founder of the Defense Training Institute in Batavtia, Illinois, was recently appointed to the position of United States Director for the International Combatives Self-Defense Association. Mr. Perez now regulates the United States regional and state directors for this international organization of combatives trainers and practitioners. MMIʼs Best Defense
Oakwood Village, OH—Media Moguls, Inc. (MMI) announces that it has begun fundraising for an Internet series that will be the best realistic martial arts program made in 2009. This series, entitled Best Defense, will answer the question that no one has answered before: can people with disabilities, women, and children truly use martial arts to defend themselves? Nine different martial arts’ masters from powerful and diverse styles have agreed to teach people who need them the most. The producers for the series are Darryl Johnson and Brandon Fisher. Both men are martial artists and are legally blind. Both men believe that “Disabilities may challenge you, however they do not have to make you helpless.” The first episode premiered in December 2008, with Master James Ziots, Master Douglas Brown and Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker representing the Tactical Hapkido style.
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Tanner’s Fall By Tanner Wenger
My name is Tanner Wenger. I started Tae Kwon Do at the beginning of sixth grade and six years later, I am still as enthusiastic. Currently, I hold the rank of second-dan black belt under Mr. Andrew Johnson from the Northeast Iowa Branch of Jung’s Tae Kwon Do. One of the things we practice at class is falling. I never dreamed that using the correct falling technique could one day save my life! It was Friday May 30, 2008, and my sophomore year was coming to an end. Semester tests were over and we only had half a day of school left on Monday. That night, after the baseball game, my buddies and I went up to the “Leap” which is an old rock quarry that is near my buddy’s home. We were going to have a campfire and burn all our old school papers from the past year. The Leap was/ is kind of like a little retreat. We got some old furniture from some of our houses and the doctor who lived by the Leap gave us some old wicker chairs. Everyone had been to the Leap before and knew about the 30-foot drop off. We put the rocking bench a few feet from the edge so we would know if we were getting close at night. The time flew by and before we knew it was
Looking down from the cliff
time to start thinking about heading home. I remember looking at my watch and seeing that it was 12 o’clock. After looking to see what time it was, I took a step back, Mr. Johnson, Tanner & Lanny Kuhse but there was nothing there. At first, I thought someone had tripped me. I remember thinking this is taking me a long time to fall and then it hit me—I was falling off the cliff. I remember a little voice in my head telling me to relax and it would be okay. My Algebra 2 class figured out how long it took me to fall the 30 feet—1.4 seconds. I can tell you, it seemed a lot longer than 1.4 seconds. It seemed like everything was in slow motion. As soon as I hit the hard ground below, I was temporarily knocked unconscious. I never yelled or grabbed for anything as I was falling. After the whole ordeal, my buddies said they heard two things. The rustling of some leaves on my way down and then a loud thump. Just before I stepped off the cliff backwards, I was standing next to one of my buddies. As soon as he heard the thud and saw that I wasn’t there, he said, “Tanner just fell of the cliff!” Everyone thought we were playing a prank on them. It didn’t take them long to realize that he wasn’t lying and they all jumped into action. The boys called 911 several times. The Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and firemen didn’t know exactly where we were since we were on a private drive. They couldn’t get to me from the road, so they had to hike up the hill. My buddies did everything right. They kept me still taekwondotimes.com /May 2009
and helped keep me calm. I landed inches away from a big boulder and an old school chair with its metal legs up. There was also a bush next to me that had to be cut with a chainsaw. The firefighters also cut a path through the woods so they could carry me to the ambulance. The hospital is only three minutes away from where I fell, but it took an hour for Looking up at the cliff the EMTs to get to me and take me to the hospital. When we finally got to the hospital, my parents and sister were waiting. While waiting for the helicopter, the local doctors took x-rays to see if my lungs had been punctured. They thought I had broken ribs and a broken shoulder along with a gash on the back of my head. It takes two hours to drive from Elkader to Iowa City, but it only took 20 minutes by helicopter. In Iowa City, they stapled the gash on the back of my head, gave me a cat scan, and took more x-rays. The doctors kept telling me how lucky I was not to be paralyzed or killed. They concluded that I had a concussion, bruised left ribs and lung, a broken left scapula (shoulder blade) and my left knee was pretty banged up. The right side of my body was fine. I was wearing my Hawkeye watch on my right wrist and it didn’t get a scratch on it. On Saturday afternoon, they finally took off the neck brace that had been on since the EMTs arrived on the scene. While at the Leap, hospital, and helicopter, I kept asking for a pillow because my head was resting on the gash on the back of my head. I never really cried, but I did a lot of moaning which helped me relax and relieve some pain, but I am sure it was very annoying and loud to everyone else. It was a good sign though, because it showed that I wasn’t paralyzed. After three weeks my shoulder was heeled, but I wasn’t able to do everything that I had been doing
before my fall for another three weeks. I believe that Tae Kwon Do helped save my life and prevented me from having more serious injuries, along with a little bit of luck. I feel that all the falling practice we do in class has made me naturally go to my side when I’m falling and my injuries prove it. All of my injuries were on my left side and my right side was fine. Landing on my side also kept me from being paralyzed. Ironically, we had just practiced falling at Tae Kwon Do the night before. It goes to show that you get out what you put in, and I believe that my training paid off.
Training in Saudi Arabia By Maha Al Meiner
I still remember very vividly the day I started training with Master JungWoon Kim in Saudi Arabia. I was overwhelmed by the moves and the stretching exercises. I had taken Tae Kwon Do classes with another master before, but Master Kim was different. His patience, his encouragement, his spirit and his teaching, made me fall in love with Tae Kwon Do (TKD). I was about to quit TKD when I overheard a couple of friends talking about a Korean Tae Kwon Do master who lived in Riyadh. I told myself, “This is my last chance with this sport.” My schedule was already full with other sports activities and I was ready to give up on TKD. I used to get summer training while I was in college at a multinational open environment organization in Riyadh. I started my training in their recreation center. Then, after graduation, they offered me a job and I accepted it. I considered myself lucky to be part of such a place that exposed me to this kind of sport. It was then I met Master Kim. He trained me in a private compound because we didn’t have training Maha and student spar
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places for ladies at that time. At the beginning, training seemed boring; learning all the terminologies and the stances. Then the fun came with the kicking, bouncing, fighting, jumping and rolling. Suddenly, I loved TKD and all martial arts and self-defense techniques. Most importantly, I have grown attached to my master, who has shown me life in different colors. Now, I work in Saudi Aramco as I had to move when I got married two years ago. I joined the Aramco Dhahran Tae Kwon Do Group, which is also considered a multinational open environment company. But I still train with Master Kim every other weekend when I go to Riyadh to see my family and friends. I believe things have changed since I started training. They now have Sparring practice ladies’ martial arts training centers in Riyadh. I have seen two so far and there might be others that I don’t know about. My body now knows when it is time for my training. Endorphin kicks into my blood stream. It is a feeling that I can never describe. I get high from training. I don’t know why people use drugs! This sport has taught me patience and focus and I have become more goal-oriented in life. I thank Allah everyday for the blessing of TKD. My dream was to Master Jung Woon Kim & Maha obtain a black belt. Now, I am third-dan black belt. My dream is to be able to give all the children in my country the same chance that I had. My aim is to have a posiTKD class in Saudi
tion in the Saudi Taekwondo Federation and to help build children’s martial arts centers in all the cities of Saudi Arabia. Children can learn from this sport what they cannot learn in school. They will come to training instead of watching TV or playing computer games. Last but not least, people sometimes ask me, “Are you done with Tae Kwon Do now that you have your black belt?” I reply by saying, “This is not the end, this is only the beginning!”
My Journey Through TKD By Jamey Mills My journey through Tae Kwon Do began on an October night in an elementary school with my six-year-old son, Nick. I signed up to take an afterschool program with him under the assumption that I would be acting as his parent partner, similar to the first year T-ball program I had participated in with both of my boys. I felt that my six years of martial arts training, that ended seventeen years prior, would make me a good partner for Nick. On our first night, I discovered that I was one of two adult students in the class and that we would be treated no differently than the kids, including the bear crawl relay race at the end of class. The next morning I couldn’t raise my arms above my head and I was questioning my decision. Six weeks later we earned our yellow belts and I was thinking about taking the martial arts seriously again. My seventeen year hiatus from martial arts was a result of committing myself to college, a career in law enforcement and a family. However, the years of inactivity had a detrimental affect on my health. I was Jamey and Nick Mills
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obese with high cholesterol and asthma. My feet and knees ached any time I stood for more than an hour. I had always believed deep down that the martial arts would be the one thing that would allow me to take control of my health as I secretly longed to train again. Nick was the perfect excuse for me to return to what I now call “my first love”. A colleague of mine was opening the Milford Marital Arts Academy in Milford, Ohio, and I agreed to take a free trial during the grand opening. I was hooked the very first night. I returned home physically exhausted but emotionally charged. I felt like I was seventeen years old again as I told my wife all about my first lesson at my new school. She completely supported my dream of returning to the lifestyle that I was so passionate about. I immersed myself in Tae Kwon Do, constantly reading online articles, magazines and books, when I wasn’t practicing in my makeshift dojang in the basement. I ached constantly during the first month from training every day, but I knew the pain was a sign that I was transforming my body. The pounds were melting away at a rate of about three pounds a week. I found that I didn’t need my asthma inhaler nearly as often and my knees and feet no longer ached from standing. But the most valuable benefit was the quality time I was spending with my son. The highlight of my journey was watching Nick take home first and second place trophies in the Ahn Classic Tournament. My older son, Joey, even took an interest in helping us train at home for the tournament Before and for each of our tests. It was clear to everyone that this was more than a hobby to me; I was obsessed. I routinely admitted to friends and family that I was an addict, but I stressed that it was a healthy addiction. There were many similarities to my Karate background, which, combined with my intense training regimen, allowed me to move up through the ranks at an accelerated pace. I was very fortunate to have had the +- May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
opportunity to be trained by professionals like Mr. Duyane Ernst, Mr. Mark Hoenle and Master Paul Woodson. Each helped me grow as a martial artist while helping me shrink physically. I will never forget my second workout with Master Woodson. The workout consisted of forty-five minutes of nonstop kicking, and other aerobic activities. I remember thinking that I was going to collapse. I could tell that Master Woodson was not impressed with my physical condition. After class, I told him that I hadn’t hurt that bad since the police academy. He responded by telling me to do twenty-five sit ups a day and to lay off the soda. I committed to doing sit ups daily and I’m now up to fifty a day. Nine belts later, I have lost fifty pounds and am studying for my black belt exam. I’ve learned many lessons; both physical and spiritual. I consider the martial arts a lifestyle again, and I realize that a black belt is not the end but rather a new beginning.
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Over the past several months our country has found itself in the bull’s eye of a financial crisis. Across the nation, mortgages go unpaid, students are finding it difficult to secure college loans, and investments made in the hopes of attaining long-term prosperity are evaporating. These challenges, coupled with others we are likely to experience in the coming years, cause many of us to ask just what real wealth is. Is real wealth securing a job we are confident is bulletproof, only to eventually find it exported to a foreign land? Is real wealth measured by money in a bank, exposed to the whims of an erratic global economy? Or is it something more…something that is neither minted, nor interviewed for? We, who diligently practice traditional Tae Kwon Do, are fortunate in that we realize an awakening of sorts. Not in a religious sense, although at times it can be of a spiritual nature, but in a way that cultivates passion and wonder; a desire to enthusiastically pursue something bigger than ourselves. Through Tae Kwon Do training we develop courage in contrast to danger, a trait that in an uncertain world can be translated as the strength to break through adversity, just as we would a brick or pine board during a promotion test. In the big scheme of things, these virtues may seem small. But when the standards many of us thought for so long to be unshakable begin to crumble, courage, strength and the selfassurance to overcome doubt surely counts as real wealth. Furthermore, real wealth is seen in the eyes of our young students who are developing confidence, along with patience and self-control. Compassion, too, is a characteristic the martial artist must nurture as evidenced by martial arts schools around the world promoting fundraisers that directly benefit their local communities. Recently our Leadership Team, a group of youngsters within the Chosun Taekwondo Academy who aspire to positions of greatness, raised over a thousand dollars for our local ambulance corp. From this it quickly becomes evident that traditional Tae Kwon Do, if practiced sincerely, is not simply about kicking and punching as it may appear on the surface. More correctly, it is about investing life’s coffers with riches that will reap dividends far into the future, immune to greed and self-interest. It is about developing ethical and physical self-defense that will result in real wealth. Yet, one may ask, how can a discipline resonating with potential violence be expected to imbue such virtuous qualities? The answer to this question depends on the manner in which Tae Kwon Do is taught, and subsequently embraced, by the student. 26 May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
If the practitioner is to profit from the real wealth associated with martial arts training, they must first be exposed to the vast mosaic that comprises the traditional Tae Kwon Do curriculum. This, clearly, is the responsibility of an experienced instructor acting as mentor and purveyor of the accumulated knowledge or wisdom residing at the core of traditional Tae Kwon Do. The teacher must be selfless in this transmission, putting their student’s well being in the martial arts above all else. They must infuse respect, discipline, and a genuine appreciation for accomplishment, coupled with authentic technique. For example, advanced black belts may find it difficult to recall the first moment the realization set in that they were capable of effectively defending themselves; or the sense of connection experienced with the discovery that they share a martial tradition with over 70,000,000 fellow Tae Kwon Doists worldwide. Moreover, learning how to remain positive when adversity strikes, in tandem with a healthy disregard for the toxic effects of self-criticism, represents an annuity far in excess of those in a bank dissipating before our eyes. These dividends of training, conveyed by a worthy instructor, are significant and act as valuable currency in the face of emotional recession. But the legal tender of traditional Tae Kwon Do is not printed exclusively on the paper of virtue, but matures on a principle of action. The Five Tenets of Tae Kwon Do—courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit—lay the foundation for the art, but the structure that houses the real wealth associated with our training must be built of materials forged by orthodox technique. Clearly, due to its Olympic status, many practitioners currently focus primarily on the combat sport element of Tae Kwon Do, an aspect steadfastly developed through the efforts of the World Taekwondo Federation. However, by highlighting the overarching requirements for successful competition in the ring, many of the techniques and philosophical underpinnings associ-
ated with self-defense, including hand techniques, poomsae, one-step sparring, Ki or internal energy development and meditation, have been subjugated or forfeited altogether. These sadly overlooked, yet quintessential components of traditional Tae Kwon Do constitute earnings that must be presented in their entirety if the student is to be the recipient of the real wealth vested in this authentic martial discipline. Likewise, any savvy businessperson expects a substantial return on their investment. And just as yields are often linked to risk, so it is in the martial arts. However, the risk that comes with the inculcation of traditional Tae Kwon Do doctrine is not necessarily related to physical injury as the layperson might expect. On the contrary, if the practitioner pursues the way of Tae Kwon Do with their true heart, then the only hazard they risk is the positive effects of profound enlightenment; a reemergence of the passion and purpose sadly eclipsed by age and the cynicism that frequently accompanies it. The Buddhist concept of beginner’s mind dictates that we approach daily life with a fresh outlook while fending off brittle notions or narrow preconceptions. Subsequently, the real wealth manifest
in the fresh worldview gained through the sincere practice of traditional Tae Kwon Do and its underlying philosophy cannot simply be purchased in a monetary sense but must be earned with sweat, determination, and supreme focus. Without a doubt, across the months and years ahead, our great nation will shake off the onerous yoke of greed perpetrated by a shameful few. The specter of fear and doubt present now will flee in the face of hope. As Americans, we have been through times such as these before. Our resilience as a people will triumph. Yet those of us who train in the martial arts will find this transition less painful supported by the real wealth we have accrued through the unquestionable virtues of traditional Tae Kwon Do. Master Doug Cook, a fifth-dan black belt, is head instructor of the Chosun Tae Kwon Do Academy located in Warwick, New York, a student of Grandmaster Richard Chun, and author of the best-selling books entitled: Tae Kwon Do…Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, and Traditional Tae Kwon Do…Core Techniques, History and Philosophy, published by YMAA of Boston. He can be reached for discussions or seminars at email@example.com or chosuntkd.com.
The Girl They Call Chun-Li Interview by Laura Stolpe
The up and coming actress of television’s Smallville, Kristin Kreuk, was cast as the main female lead in one of the latest martial arts movies, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (in theatres February 27, 2009). The movie is based on the legendary Street Fighter video game by Capcom and brings a new dimension to a world and characters beloved by millions. Devastated by the kidnapping of her father, Chun-Li (Kreuk) takes to the streets of Hong Kong, embarking on an epic quest for justice and hurtling toward a confrontation with a seemingly unstoppable foe. With a background in the martial arts established early in life, Kristin was a natural choice to play the part of Chun-Li. The young actress spoke with TKDT about her role as Chun-Li and training in the martial arts.
TKDT: When did you start training in the arts? Kristin: I did Shotokan Karate from when I was in third grade until I was in tenth grade. And then I did a year of Kung Fu, which I didn’t have as much experience in. (I trained in) Vancouver at the Y. TKDT: When you accepted the role of Chun-Li in the new Street Fighter movie, did you get back into your martial arts training? What arts did you train in to prepare to portray Chun-Li? Kristin: I didn’t (train) at home. I signed on (to the movie) pretty late in the game. I ended up doing the training in Thailand with the choreographer there. I know the character does a lot of Wushu and there was a lot of Wushu involved. But mostly it was a mish mash of…disciplines… to create the best choreography possible. It was challenging, but it was also a lot of fun. I really, really enjoy challenge physically. I think it is really amazing. Plus I like to learn new skills. So it was great that way. TKDT: Did you do a lot of the ﬁght sequences yourself? Kristin: I had three stunt doubles, one of them was male. So we did some of it with me and then some of it with another person…like the falls or some of the more strong wire pulls and stuﬀ like that, I wouldn’t do because they take more skill as a stunt person, which I don’t have. Obviously, that would put me in great danger. A lot of the ﬁghting I did all the way through until we were near the end where it started to get really busy and I didn’t have the 28 May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
time to do it all, but I got to try pretty much everything. TKDT: Did you have any favorite moves? Kristin: My favorite stuﬀ, honestly, is the wire work because it’s very gymnastic in quality and I really enjoy ﬁguring out movement in the air. So the work that I did on wires was really great fun.
TKDT: Did you do much research on your character, Chun-Li? Kristin: I knew who she was because of the fact that Street Fighter was so popular when I was in high school and late elementary school. I didn’t do any research on the character per se. A lot of that is in the script. I try to focus on what’s there (in the script), as opposed to what isn’t there and then go from that. TKDT: Does Chun-Li show oﬀ any of her signature moves, like her gravity-defying helicopter kick or lightning kick? Kristin: She did her spinning-bird kick, which is the helicopter kick; I believe it’s the same thing. And then, I don’t know what she calls it, but the energy ball (move) we did as well. I don’t think we did the fast side kick. We were going to at some point, but we didn’t have enough time to shoot it. But there’s a few signature moves in there, it’s very Chun-Li in that way. TKDT: Did you ever play Street Fighter when you were younger? Kristin: No, I didn’t play it. I didn’t play video games. I read Anne of Green Gables (laughs). TKDT: Do you feel that you related to the character of Chun-Li at all? Kristin: Deﬁnitely, I think that you always, when you’re playing someone, you’ve got to relate to them in some way…She’s an interesting girl because her father is taken away from her, and her mom dies and she’s very angry. She really wants to help people, but is just so angry at the world and is kind of in a victim mentality. So her journey is really learning to look at her emotional attachments and let go of them so she can actually see the greater good and what the greater good might be. Instead of ﬁghting against something, she ends up moving towards something…and I can relate to that in my life as well. TKDT: You are starting a company that will focus on teen girls, is that correct? Kristin: Yeah, I’m building a company for girls that will be an online social network and content creation site, which is geared towards them taekwondotimes.com / May 2009
and inspiration. I want to help them actualize their dreams in the world and help them create communities of their own and basically move us forward. TKDT: So with your roles on television and in the movies, do you openly accept yourself as a role model to young women?
(girls) creating projects in the real world and building their self-esteem. We haven’t completed it yet, it’s still in Beta right now. Hopefully, we’ll go live in three to four months, once the Beta’s complete. I’m very excited about it. I ﬁnd women, and especially young women, to be immersed in great creativity
Kristin’s New Site for Girls Girls by Design (GBD) will be an online social network and content creation site for teen girls, with the intent to build self-esteem, self-expression and encourage young women to create themselves and their lives in an introspective and passionate manner. Founded by actress Kristin Kreuk and Kendra Voth, GBD is currently building the Beta version of the GBD website. In the interim, GBD is building a community of young women through their company blog, temporary website, social networking sites, and with inspirational workshops. GBD believes that young women are valuable, insightful and potent human beings. Human beings who are at an impressionable age, and, if encouraged, have the capacity to change the world. GBD’s mission is to provide resources and a community to support their creativity and expression. 30 May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
Kristin: Well, it’s interesting because I think that the minute that you choose to be in the public eye, that you are, I guess, a role model in a way. Someone is going to look up to you somewhere. I think for me, that means just being as honest about who I am as possible and realizing how amazing it is that I am in this position. I can encourage young people to really better their lives. If I have any inﬂuence at all, I want to encourage them to be happy, joyful and create.
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Man on the Moon By Karen Eden
So history goes, in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first human beings to ever set foot on the moon. I’m sure you’ve probably seen the black and white video clips of these two Americans walking and bouncing around on the moon’s surface in space. There’s even a good chance that some of us remember watching it unfold live on TV. It was like “Wow!” America had really nailed a milestone and it made us all feel like there was nothing that we couldn’t accomplish as a nation. It was so shocking, that for decades, some people thought it was actually a conspiracy by the government…an actual performance to make us look better than the Russians. As Americans watched it unfold, it all looked so “together.” But appearances can be deceiving. Very few people watching back then knew that there was only a fifty percent chance that these astronauts would ever make it back to earth. As a matter of fact, President Nixon had already written and signed their eulogy, praising these brave Americans for giving their lives for the sake of space technology advancement. In a nutshell, nobody had a clue of what was really going to happen once they actually got to the moon. But they did get there. And knowing that they may not make it back to Earth alive, I am in awe of their comments as they stepped out. If it had been me, I would have said something like, “Oh that’s great, can we try to get back now?” But there they were, making comments about how incredible the view was…and dancing around; pondering and experiencing what had just taken place. For a lack of a better way to put it, they were “seizing the historical moment.” Personally, I have always been fascinated by people who can throw so much caution to the wind. Surely they are by design, wired differently than the average human being. I mean, it’s one thing to take big chances out there, but to actually enjoy doing it, is a whole new ballgame.
By nature, most of us are designed for “routines.” As much as we may appreciate a break or vacation now and then, we eventually will always go back to our life’s routine. According to statistics, the average American will end up living within a fifty mile radius of where he or she grew up. I was shocked to see how many of my classmates married each other at my last reunion! In television, producers and managers know that if a local news station has captured an audience by a huge lead….it will be near impossible to dethrone them. That’s because viewers tend to watch the same news team that they have watched most of their lives. Change is deeply scary, while routines are deeply comforting. But I am personally making more of an effort to think more like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Whether it’s opening up our own Karate school, deciding to fight in the next Karate tournament, or making changes in our personal lives that are for the better; I just bet all of us have some sort of change we should “make that first step” toward. And I just bet that we have better than a fifty percent chance of succeeding at it as well. Most of us can recall Neil Armstrong’s famous words as he stepped onto the moon. Today I have a different way of hearing that phrase: “One small step for man… one giant leap for all the folks out there who are afraid to take chances.” Karen Eden is a fourth-degree black belt and master in the art of Tang Soo Do. She is also a published author, former radio personality and TV journalist, who has appeared on CNN, FOX National, and Animal Planet. She has also appeared in two major Hollywood productions. Karen has written for and appeared in many martial arts publications over the years. Her books include The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tae Kwon Do (Penguin Books) and I Am a Martial Artist (Century Martial Arts). She is also the poet behind the popular I Am a Martial Artist product line, also available through Century Martial Arts, and Dojo Darling martial arts wear, available through Karatedepot.com. Master Eden currently teaches at-risk youth through the Salvation Army in Denver, Colorado. For contact or booking information, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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re Won™, the g l o o S k u in eK ost confus ling art lik In a grapp ing patterns. The m step pattern, tepp ossare other s er is probably the cr of a number of ed n to a begin simple but compos is invaluable e deceptively ments. Masking tap trips of tape, s le complex e lay out four short their partner. ly r p fo the here. Sim student and two egins with b e h e t r e r h fo d o e tw rat and ique illust e left foot The techn ss-stepping with th sharply while t o student cr usly turning his wais will then right y o e e n Th a grab. urning simult g from the ext marker before t te in g a g n e is d mple he n 9 show co across to t step back w (photos # 7, 8 & o for the thr . ) e sequenc
be a ns that can from r e t t a p g in d f our stepp step behin Another o eginners is the long ° turn into a rb 270 problem fo ce, preparatory to a haracteristically, n C a horse sta ( jeon gul jah sae). nough, causing the rtial e e c ups in ma o r g ic front stan r doesn’t step deep ced. A single strip h p a roemogr n e e largest d any in martial arts p oung. the beginn twisted and unbala t is more correct h t f o e n O e a emely y dren, m stance to b result in a stance th day is chil esigned for the extr broken o t s t l r il a w ique ially d ust be of tape l for techn the idea ams espec roup, basic skills m erstandable forr . fu g le e s b a u t y s ll d a an nd eg e sparring, ape is equ For this ag simple and easily u nity to bring out th Masking t xample, in one-step que angle. Again, a u o t obli or e down int the perfect oppor practice. F to the attack at an the beginner whose is ith in mat. This e. e of tape w left s u is to move natural response to ay from an attack, p d a r t a g w r in a aw mask ht and aightfo this is not eaction is to move ple and str e as a temporary rig sleeve or im s A r e can b itated n the instinctiv into it. ery young all piece of tape o ild from feelan be facil ne, v c e g h n t in a p h t p e r t m e li fs rath the ch ith a s a stepping this type o marker, w g. This can prevent lost to a watching Teaching a reference line and of attack. When le g out line the pants worse yet, appearin by taping at about 45° to the e defender follows . r d o e , t n s r th t ing lo skill is lea e h t angled ou steps in to punch, unter (see photos # il t n u o er parent, the attack g line to evade and c the steppin 5 & 6).
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As with the adult student, tape can also be used to teach foot placement. Something as simple as kicking with the rear leg and then returning to the start position can be daunting in the beginning for young students. This situation can be easily remedied with two parallel strips of tape: one for the front foot and one for the rear foot, using the tape as a reference each time they kick (see photo # 10 & #11). Masking tape can also be used for a kick-punch game that is good for balance and hand-eye coordination. On a square kicking target, place strips of tape on three sides—one on one side, two on the next and three on the
is ﬂashed, the target will be kicked inst ead. For older children, tape can be used to mark levels on a heavy bag to target kicking at diﬀerent levels, helping develop accuracy with the ir kicking.
Masking tape can also be helpful in teaching hand placement for weapons training, such as the sword or staﬀ. When a student ﬁrst begins learning sword technique, the most basic consideration is where to grip the sword. Wide strips of masking tape placed around the handle (see photo # 14) help indicate where the sword should be gripped (see photo # 15), as well as helping, especially with a wooden practice sword, to maintain a ﬁrm grip during cuts or spinning. In Kuk Sool Won™, staﬀ training begins with Ki Cho Bong (Fundamental Staﬀ )—a set of relatively complex spinning techniques to teach staﬀ handling and control. With staﬀ training, maskin g tape can be essential in a number of ways. When spinning, it is essential for the grip to remain in the center of the staﬀ throughout all of the hand changes. A strip of tape (see photo # 16) will provide a reference point to keep the student’s hands from ‘walking up the staﬀ ’ as it spins. A second piece of tape
third (see photo # 12). No need to put tape on the remaining side; more on that in a moment. Instruct the child to count the number of strips when you ﬂash
12 16 the target, and then punch the target that many times as quickly as possible (see photo # 13). If the blank side
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placed on one end of the staﬀ can even help with the spins. For example, Ki Cho Bong # 1, a vertical spin, will begin with the staﬀ parallel and the taped end pointing oﬀ to the left (see photo # 17). The ﬁrst hand change will take place at a thre e-quarter spin, then change hand to hand after each full rotation. For this particular application, I gen erally use blue painter’s tape, simply because it is easier follow against the lighter staﬀ. Begin spin to ning in a clockwise direction, changing hands whe n the taped end is pointing to the ﬂoor (see photo # 18); a full rotation, the taped end again pointin after g to the ﬂoor, they will pass the staﬀ again (see photo # 19).
I use masking tape regularly and keep a roll on hand at all times. On top of being cheap, readily available and easy to put down and take up, it has an almost inﬁnite number of uses. It adh eres to almost any surface, is easy to carry with you, and is easy to store with no clean up. Best of all, its use is limited only by your imagination. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniel Mid black belt in Kuk Sool Won, has stud dleton, a ﬁfth-degree styles and systems of martial arts for ied a number of diﬀerent arts instructor since 1985, Kwan Jangthe past 35 years. A martial Nym currently owns and operates Upstate Kuk Sool Won in And In addition to his practice as a licensed erson, South Carolina. lance writer, publishing a number of chiropractor, he is a freearticles in national martial arts publications and currently completi arts novel called Dragons of Antioch. ng a young adult martial said that as a martial arts instructor, Kwan Jang Nym Dan has in relating his instruction to the indivhe feels that his strength is times abstract martial arts concepts idual student, taking someand translating these into a form that is easily understandable by the student. This is his ﬁrst article for Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine.
Masking Tape • It has an almost infinite number of uses • It adheres to almost any surface • It is easy to carry with you • It is easy to store with no clean up • Best of all, its use is limited on ly by your imagination!
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67gZV`L^ i]VEjgedhZ Hello my Fellow Martial Artists, The year is still young and already we have had so many changes. This is a monumental moment in history. Mr. Obama is President of the United States of America. Think about that for a moment. Leave politics aside, and just think of what this means. As he mentioned in is inaugural speech, his own father might not have been able to go into the same restaurant that he can enjoy anytime, and now he is the President. How much we have changed! How far we have come! Think about this: continuous change is the law of the universe. Detachment is the healthy way to regard everything you create, because it is simply an attitude in which you expect change. You look upon all you manifest as a creation, just that and nothing more. That way, whether you experience loss or gain, it doesn’t matter, because you go on to create another situation and yet another. Clinging to a good picture you have created possibly keeps you from expanding into an even greater good. Clinging to a disagreeable picture keeps you there! So, don’t hold onto either as if it’s the final story. You must not hate, resent, fight, or quarrel with undesirable situations. Detachment means you are always ready, open, and willing to experience change. That is how you develop. You can’t develop and grow if you hold on tightly to something you’ve acquired, no matter how good you think it is. The same goes for our attitudes. Letting go of attitudes is just as important as letting go of your physical things. In fact, unless you let go of certain attitudes, your physical letting go won’t last very long. Sometimes it seems easier to use your will power to change physical habits than to change mental habits.
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You can control your body with your will power to make your body carry out your wishes, but your mind seems to act all by itself; thoughts and pictures seem to come and go without your invitation or consent. You have to learn to treat your thoughts and mental images as though they are subject to your control. Whatever you hold in your mind in the present moment tends to be created in your life. Are you holding onto yesterday’s grief, anger, and resentment? Only by strictly observing the content of your mind can you control the thoughts which, in turn, will take form as your reality. And this mental flexibility is vital to any martial arts training. When I asked my first master student at his master testing, what was the most important thing he had learned over the years, he said, “To be ready anytime, anyplace, for anything.” This is what life is all about! Life does not follow a script! No matter what you plan out for your life, it rarely will happen the way you envision it. Circumstances beyond your control can and will change your course. What you should do though, is to take charge and make the best of every situation you are dealt. And this is precisely how I teach and what I teach! At my school we do not practice any breaking. I do not “teach” breaking as such. We do not practice any breaks for testings, demonstrations, or tournaments. But we do visualize our goals and focus on one single purpose. We do not just go ahead and “do the break.” I require every single student, no matter if they are three or 100 years old, to announce themselves with name and age and what they want to accomplish with the break—to explain their focus. As with anything you do, you need to have a purpose, a reason for doing it. You would not just go and change the tires on your car unless you had a reason. It is the same with breaking. We do not break for the sake of making two pieces of wood or cement out of one. We also do not break for the sake of showing off some flashy moves. When we break, we focus on a very specific goal. For example, children will often focus on doing better in school, cleaning their rooms, or helping their parents. Other students might focus on losing weight, getting a new job, or being a better parent. Some may even focus on something much bigger, such as contributing to world peace. Of course, the element of change or readiness, of being open to new things, comes into play when during testings, or even performances, I challenge their plans. For example, a student might set up for breaking three cinderblocks with their palm heel. Depending on the student and their capabilities, I will often thank them, and on the spot, change it to five cinderblocks with an elbow break.
Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is the founder and head of Jung SuWon. She is also the founder and CEO of Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, a high-tech computer control and monitoring industry located in the Silicon Valley. Grandmaster Kim is a best-selling author and motivational speaker.
As it often happens, I ask students to break in the most unexpected locations or events, such as weddings and graduations. Especially when they least expect it. Then, I add the element of the unknown, and ask them to perform breaks that they have never done before, and in some cases, have never even heard of before. This not only requires complete trust in their teacher, but also confidence to know they can do it if they set their mind to it. When someone tells me they can’t, I say, “Oh yes, you can do this!” If they already know they can accomplish something—what is the challenge? What are they learning? No, the real learning starts when they have to go beyond their comfort zone, when they have to broaden their vision of themselves. It starts when they have to try something new they do not quite know how to do, when all they have is their trust and belief and not countless hours of experience. How can you discover who you are if you only keep doing what you already know? My belief is that God put us on Earth to discover who we are and what we are capable of doing and then using that for the good of everybody. In the Bible (Genesis 1:27 – 30) it says: “So God created man is his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said
to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ Then God said, ‘I give you every seedbearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” In other words, God gave us his passport to the world. A passport to choose what to do on this Earth, and how to do it, and to choose how we use these gifts. We have the ability to do, the capacity to act and the capability to perform and produce. The power is in you, it is your personal choice what you do in your life! My dear fellow martial artists, let us embrace change, let us embrace our art, and be contributors to a better world! From my heart to yours, Dr. Tae Yun Kim Great Grandmaster
HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!
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7jcX]Zdc\EdiiZgn By Gregory C. Brundage
Nestled in the foothills of the magical and mysterious mountain called Gyeriong, lies an idyllic refuge of an ancient art—a fusion traditionalist/modern village speckled with wildflowers and inhabited by those who lovingly make pottery. Inspired by the nature surrounding and infusing it, Mt. Gyeriong Pottery Art Village began in the winter of 1993, when the dream first sprang to life in the visionary mind of Master Ceramist Song Ho Lim. Pottery has a long and honorable history in Korea. Gyeriong Buncheong Ware flourished from the late 15th through the 16th centuries. There has been a revival during the past 20 years thanks mainly to the efforts of Master Lim, founder of the Yiso Doye Center, the first such revivalist center in what has evolved into a small but thriving arts village. Gyeriong Mountain is located in the west central part of the peninsula of Korea and is revered in South Korea as a sacred mountain with more qi or intrinsic energy than any other location in the nation. It is centrally located between Gyeriong, Daejon, and Gongju cities. King Yi Song Gye, founder of the last dynasty in Korea (Choson, 1392- 1905), on the advice of his geomantic Shamans (similar in some ways to Chinese Feng Shui)
started to build his capital city at the foot of Mount Gyeriong, but changed his mind and instead located it in what is now called Seoul. The modern Gyeriong city was originally built as a military town and is somewhat the Korean equivalent to the Pentagon.
Dg^\^chVcYFjVa^i^Zh Very difficult to find, and even then only in limited quantities, Buncheong clay is found exclusively in Gyeriong Mountain. It comes in four colors: black, brown, ivory and white. Because of its rarity, unusual strength and illustrious history, Buncheong pottery is held in the highest esteem by Korean people. The white and ivory clays are even rarer than the black and brown clays. They are softer and more elastic as well, in part due to their slightly lower iron content. Each of the ceramists at Mt. Gyeriong Pottery Art Village dig their own clay and keep the locations where they find Buncheong clay secret, even from each other. Master Lim, however, did give
Buncheong tea set
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some clues as to where it might be found. He said at or near the base of the tall rocky mountain, near a valley stream or river, can be found soil that has “matured” enough to make fine, rich Buncheong clay. He mentioned that white Buncheong is exclusively found on the Gyeriong City side of the mountain, and that black Buncheong is more commonly found on the Gongju City side of Gyeriong Mountain. According to Master Lim, mature clay is more elastic and has a better mix of iron. “Buncheong clay is stronger; it will not break easily and is more powerful when cooked at high temperatures. Other clays, even with the same color, like Ongki Clay, are easily broken.” Black and brown Buncheong clays are iron rich and slightly magnetic. Master Lim notes that clay found in Kangwangdo (Eastern Korea) has a reddish color and a formula of Fe2 O3 compared to the darker Gyeriong Buncheong clay that has a formula of Fe3 O4. Master Lim also mentioned that Buncheong clay has a higher than average silicon content of about 76 percent. Two kilos of Buncheong clay contains only about 1.5 milliliters of water. Sometimes, Master Lim mixes clays to get the right working consistency. He does this by adding water to the different clays, sieving it with a fine net and then putting it in the sun to evaporate for about a week. Master Lim also stresses that while other clays are for making soft pottery, only mature Buncheong clay has the right mix of iron and silicon to make great pottery. Because Buncheong clay is so rare and precious, it is not found on the world market.
Buncheong tea set
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Buncheong vase with flowers
;^g^c\i]Z8aVn Asked about how he fires his pottery, Master Lim says he uses his liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) gas kiln. The temperature is slowly brought up to 1,250 degrees centigrade, where the clay is baked for 12 hours and then allowed to cool for six hours. His village also has a communally owned very large traditional wood-fired kiln that reaches about 900 degrees centigrade. In this traditional kiln, pottery is typically baked for two nights and one day.
<aVoZ Master Lim usually uses a glaze made of 40 percent oak tree ash and 60 percent “Changsok” (feldspar) which are powdered, mixed and baked at 1,240 degrees centigrade. Sometimes in this process he uses “Witan Won” charcoal and seals all the holes in the kiln to make it an absolutely airtight procedure. Once the glaze is prepared, he dips his “soft” pottery into it and it is “baked-again” (“jay-in” in the Korean language). During this second baking process the pottery is slowly raised to a medium heat of 600 to 700 degrees centigrade, then the temperature is raised to 1,000 to 1,240. Again, he blocks off the chimney “so no oxygen gets in and the carbon comes out.” This makes the clay really hard and creates a speckled black pigmentation in the glaze and
a solid black pigmentation under the surface of the glaze. After a very slow cooling process, Master Lim sorts out any imperfect pieces and burnishes or polishes the unglazed bottoms. Some pieces go to the gallery and others to be sold. He also records the results of each firing to ensure he has thorough and complete records of all his work.
E^\bZcih His pigments come from a variety of sources and he travels extensively around Asia to find new materials and colors and compare them with his stock. He reports that he currently uses about 300 pigments in his work. His doctoral dissertation contains an analysis of a spectrum of mineral particle sizes (controlled by sieve mesh), firing temperatures, at neutral or reduced atmospheres in the kiln, all factor into the different shades and luster effects in black pigments.
BdgZEdiiZgn Master Ceramist Song Ho Lim also makes a Goryo dynasty (10th to 13th century) style of pottery with a light jade colored glaze called â€œChongja,â€? and a white color pottery from the Choson dynasty called â€œPaekja,â€? in addition to his Buncheong pottery.
I]ZK^aaV\Z BVhiZg A^b At this time there are about 12 gallery shops in Dong Yeh Village, enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. Collectors outnumber tourists Master Lim showing Black Buncheong traditional design on a here for one obvious soy sauce or salted shrimp jar. reason. This is the home of masters, in one of Koreaâ€™s most sacred locations. This is not a place with cheap tourist reproductions. (Itâ€™s not exactly easy to find, either!) Master Ceramist Song Ho Lim is currently completing his dissertation in Materials Science annd Engineering at Myungji University in Kyonggki Province, near Seoul. Numerous Korean media including weekly magazines and newspapers have published stories about Master Lim and his art. Monthly Pottery magazine keeps regular stories about his life and work at the forefront of Koreaâ€™s attention. He also holds annual exhibitions. Though modestly claiming to have â€œno special skills,â€? Master Ceramist Song Ho Lim did reluctantly admit to having a creative nature. His wife is also a uniquely talented ceramic artist. They have two children and live in Banpo Village, Gongju City, Chungnam Province of South Korea. Curiously, Master Lim is Catholic, his wife is Buddhist and the children are Presbyterian. No one during the interview process for this story referred to Song Ho Lim as â€œMaster.â€? Heâ€™s a plainspoken, unpretentious kind of guy. But, this reporter would be less than honest to refer to him as anything else. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gregory C. Brundage is a retired journalist currently working as an English language lecturer at Konyang University in Nonsan City, South Korea. As a hobby he writes freelance stories specializing in Korean traditional culture, art and sports.
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(left) LPG gas kiln (right) Three Buncheong bowls
(below left) Abstract happy cat (below) Abstract vase (below right) Buncheong jar
(left) Four eras of Korean pottery (right) Black Buncheong tea set
(left) Bowl called Ido Tawan in Korean and Ido Chawan in Japanese (right) Bronze Dragon on white wine jar
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It can break your training, it can destroy reputations. I have seen it take down entire schools. I am referring to the starting and breaking up of romantic relationships within the dojang. A perfect example is what I call the twenty-five thousand dollar date. Painful for the parties involved, expensive for me. Apparently this all started with one of the most naturally talented students I have ever seen. David was extremely fast, intense and quick to learn—an instructor’s dream. He was very enthusiastic about his training and was determined to get his family involved. It took him until he reached his blue belt, but he managed to recruit two of his sisters and his mother. The girls in the family were not quite Olympic bound, but dedicated students nonetheless. At their first testing, one of the sisters caught the eye of one of my black belt judges. The “date” soon followed. News of the new romance quickly swirled throughout the school. The way I heard it, she was on her way to pick out a wedding gown. Since I have pretty strict rules about members of authority (black belts receive a discount membership in my school, but in return are expected to abide by a code of conduct) having relationships with students, most rumors do not make it to my ears. If a juicy rumor makes it all the way to me, it can be assumed that it has already circulated around the entire school. But Mr. Black Belt did not call as promised. All of a sudden, a place the sister had loved to train and spend time together with her family, became a place of embarrassment and humiliation. She no longer felt comfortable and wanted to quit. When I played my “commitment” and “contract” card, she played her “but I felt pressured by someone in a position to judge me and determine the outcome of my promotion test” card. I folded. Liability and a sense of compassion won out. Family is stronger than financial responsibilities. She left, took her sister, mother and brother with her. After all, they had to support her. But I’m not done. She did eventually find her Mr. Right. He was also a student at my school, along with his brother. When this new relationship started to become serious, he was told about the bad man in her past. Unable to face this man as his senior rank, Mr. Right and his brother terminated their memberships at White Tiger. When all was said and done, Mr. Wrong, tired of being used as the poster boy for the dojang dating policy, left the school as well. Lost tuitions alone cost the school over twenty-five thousand dollars. Even more, White Tiger lost a great fighter and many very nice people. David ended up joining the Army but was discharged when he incurred a back injury. My story is not unusual. There seems to be dojo drama in every school. I have lost instructors due to relationships in my school and gained instructors due to relationships they had in their former schools. Despite wearing doboks, possibly the most unflattering attire ever, in an environment where everyone is sweaty and stinky, with hair pulled back and make-up smeared, romances somehow seem to prevail. I am as guilty as anyone. I married one of my teammates from the Korean Tiger Team. I like to think of myself as a focused and disciplined martial arts practitioner, but there I was, making goo-goo eyes with one of the guys on the team. Master Chang and I were in Korea at the time and played by Korean rules. Absolutely no public displays of affection, the culture does not permit it. When we did spend time together, it was carefully orchestrated away from our training and out of the sight of our teammates. If this relationship did not work out, and everyone knew about it, it would become very uncomfortable. Teammates would feel like they had to choose sides and support one or the other. Being the only American and girl on the team, it was not a mystery to me whose side would be taken if the relationship went south. Also, being the only American to ever have the opportunity to train with the Tigers, I was not willing to risk my fortunate position.
This secret was so well kept, that when Master Chang announced that he had been married while on tour, the team asked, “To whom?” When told, they did not believe him. He had to show our marriage license to prove it. Even after the secret was revealed, the Korean cultural behaviors enabled this relationship to function within a team setting. During my time performing with the Korean Tiger Team, we traveled the world and performed our martial arts shows. Venues were usually large with audiences ranging in the tens of thousands, many performances were televised. We opened with a custom choreographed form. Unlike traditional Tae Kwon Do forms with 20 to 30 movements, this set consisted of over a hundred moves, containing a mix of many styles. Also unlike the rigid and distinct movements of Tae Kwon Do, this pattern’s movements gracefully flowed one into another. This made the form with its traditional flute solo beautiful to watch, but difficult to synchronize with 20 members. We performed in a giant V formation with me at the forward apex. The rest of the team could all see me, but in a stadium without the aid of the dojang mirrors, I could not see them. My greatest fear was that I would miss a movement and go off on my own, while the rest of the team remained in sync. I explained my concern with my teammates but received little sympathy. I asked if I were to mess up, if they would follow me. They only replied, “Don’t mess up.” Shortly after our marriage, Master Chang became captain of the team. Finally my chance! During our next form practice (usually the first three to four hours of the day), I made the suggestion that I be moved down in line in the V formation. I was told, “I am not your husband here, I am your captain. Get back to your position.” Embarrassed and not pleased, I returned to the front. This was not a wise move for a new husband, but a crucial move for the captain of a team. His impartial treatment enabled us to train and perform as a team without rivalries. I learned a lot about how to treat others to avoid favoritism and how to be more discreet with relationships in the dojang, school and place of work. I also learned some nifty tricks, like peeking under my armpit when bowing to ensure my synchronization with the rest of the team. Master Rondy is a sixthdegree black belt in WTF Taekwondo, a fourth-degree in Hapkido and a seconddegree in Kickboxing. She was the only non-Asian member of the Korean Tigers Professional Martial Arts Team, spending two years in Korea, living in Seoul and YongIn. Master Rondy successfully blends the cultures of a Korean teaching staff and an American management staff for her 24,000 square foot superschool located in Cary, North Carolina. For more information visit whitetigertkd.com.
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At first glance, you’ll find Grandmaster Maurice Elmalem an inspiring individual with a myriad of talents. As if it weren’t enough to hold the title of seventh-dan black belt with the WTF (World TaeKwonDo Federation) and be known worldwide as the greatest martial arts “daredevil” alive, he also holds a doctorate in martial arts philosophy from the University of Asian Studies in Virginia and is an eight-time Guinness World Record Holder. But, it doesn’t stop there. Maurice is also an avid painter, musician, sculptor, marathon runner, real estate developer, architect, general contractor, photographer, author and editor of Budo magazine, inventor, craftsman, great idealist and is fluent in six different languages. In his forty years as a Tae Kwon Do stylist, he has become the consummated martial artist, generating praise and fame with numerous World Championships and has participated in fighting
and breaking in the Olympic Games. His can-do attitude, outstanding self-discipline, hard work and dedication to always give his personal best, has awarded him many honors. A role model to many, Maurice has charmed, mesmerized and mentored audiences all over the globe with his unbelievable fighting and breaking demonstrations. His gift has been featured on several television shows such as ABC’s Wide World of Sports, David Letterman, and The Guinness Book of World Records. Networks like the Discovery channel, Spike TV, Channel Plus, Telemundo TV and the MSG Network have also highlighted his abilities. His personal documentary has even aired worldwide on the Prime Time Fox 5 network. With a dynamic personality, vivacious energy and boundless optimism, Maurice has a way of captivating everyone around him. A fierce competitor, Maurice doesn’t mind a challenge, even if it’s dangerous. In defending his World Champion titles in fighting, Maurice makes sure to knock out his opponents hard and fast, guaranteeing a vote from judges despite taekwondotimes.com / May 2009
Lenny points the gun. Maurice raises a hand, asking him not to shoot, to confuse Lenny.
Stepping to the right, he blocks the gun with his right hand, grabbing the attacker’s hand with his left.
His right hand applies a wrist lock
politics or favoritism. To avoid competition in breaking and maintain his championship standings, Maurice has attempted and succeeded in performing some spectacularly audacious stunts. Though defending his titles with intensity, Maurice has always remained a sportsman first, with the greatest respect for his opponents, grandmasters, and instructors alike. He will be the first to admit that they are his most valued source of information to the martial arts community. He understands that all martial artists use different styles, techniques and ways on their journey toward perfection and greatness. Each grandmaster and martial art legend creates unique ways of utilizing and applying their techniques. This is achieved through the hard work of practice in school and in championships. Maurice admires these martial art legends, as well as the status and achievements of his peers. He strives to emulate them for the better, with innovative ideas, inventions and enduring performance, which has resulted in him being dubbed the “Houdini and Architect of Martial Arts.”
He then grabs attacker’s right hand to eliminate a counterattack.
Executing a left kick to the attacker’s knee.
But Maurice knows that he would not be who he is today without great sacrifice, dedication and most of all, perseverance. The will power of a good fighter will not let one quit and compels one to survive under any circumstances. One must try and try again, until unable to commit to finishing the fight. The importance of will power weighs heavily on our society in these violent times. There are many hurdles in life these days; business relationship issues, the war in Iraq, natural disasters and crime, that make it almost impossible for the public to rest easy, knowing that they could be a victim at anytime, anywhere. Maurice stresses taking pride in ourselves, walking tall, and never giving in to anyone or anything, in order to combat these foes. One way that Maurice suggests to contend with these stresses of daily life in modern times is through martial arts. Using flexibility and meditation helps one control the mind and body, preventing anger from invading and controlling one’s life and spirit. Good philosophy and positive attitude has taught him that anything is possible with a
Attacker points gun to opponent’s head.
Opponent steps to his right simultaneously executing double high knifehand block, grabbing attacker’s right hand.
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Opponent executes a swivel arm lock in circular motion to his right, applying pressure with wrist lock on attacker’s right hand.
Keeping the swivel arm and wrist lock pushing attacker’s arm backward, he grabs gun and points it away.
He then executes right hand strike backward to attacker’s face using the gun.
Attacker executes a choke hold around Maurice’s neck.
Maurice responds with a punch to attacker’s jaw.
He follows with a strike to attacker’s jaw, pushing the neck backwards and executing a wrist lock.
good deal of effort and guidance from a solid master, who watches over the progress of his students’ dreams. This philosophy is something he has gained through the experience of training day after day for forty years. Competing in over 750 championships all over the globe, two Olympic Games (1976 and 1988) and three Macabi Games, Maurice has accumulated over 700 trophies, fifty gold medals in fighting and breaking and has been inducted into over 150 Hall of Fames internationally. Maurice has also performed hundreds of demonstrations in several different nations. Often questioned about his great abilities and achievements, Maurice explains that using his internal power, speed, intense focus and dynamic force helps him combine and coordinate moves and techniques for successful application. His methods, gleaned from years of training with prize-winning fighters and grandmasters from all over the world has taught him several things. He now uses psyching elements to stay on target and concentrate, while maintaining awareness of his
Dropping his head, he holds a wrist lock, then executes an instep front kick to attacker’s face.
Bringing the right leg back, wrap attacking right arm backwards for an elbow and wrist lock.
surroundings. He also knows that gaining momentum on your attacker will help you redirect the attack. Always executing strikes upon vulnerable areas of the body is when one’s defense becomes one’s offense. Taking your opponent’s attacking tools out of commission will close the gap and allow you to fight effectively. Maurice’s deadly breaking techniques are worldrenowned. He has performed historical and dramatic breaks to achieve his standing. In September of 2000, at the Oriental Word of Self-Defense in Madison Square Garden in New York City, Chuck Norris presented Maurice with a World Champion Belt engraved “World’s Extreme Daredevil Champion.” In 2003, Maurice set the new world record in Madrid, Spain, with a single downward elbow strike, breaking 105 sheets of glass measuring over 13 inches high. He has even performed before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Classic in 2004. Maurice performed a flying side kick through a burning tire, only to come out the other side to break five one-inch boards.
Francisco, attacker on left, Maurice defender on right.
Attacker attempts a strike with baseball bat, but defender uses a double high block to stop attacker.
Grabbing attacker’s striking hand, he executes a swipe kick to attacker’s knee.
Then he executes a wrist lock downward to attacker’s right hand.
Applying more pressure by pulling attacker’s right hand backward, Maurice holds baseball bat.
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Francisco attempts to strike Maurice with sword.
Maurice moves to the left, blocking striking sword hand.
Opponent quickly executes a wrist lock using a circle strike upward.
Governor Schwarzenegger was mesmerized and told Maurice, “Even in the movies, we don’t see that. You are amazing!” Maurice has studied at Columbia University and New York University and has been listed among the “Who’s Who” in the eastern United States for his architectural designs. Engineering Report Magazine recognized him as one of the country’s top general contractors. He has published three books, produced and created 20 martial art DVDs and is the inventor of several patented products. Maurice’s motto is “Go for your dream and just do it.” He believes that you must take chances in life. To sum it all up on this great “renaissance man” who has had much success in life, we asked Maurice if he had any advice for our readers. “Remember you only live once. So do your best, take fear with pride and use it to generate extra energy in a positive manner.”
He grabs the striking hand and ridge hands attacker’s neck, then a wrist strike, taking attacker off balance.
Opponent positions himself to attacker’s back, wrapping sword around attacker’s neck for a choke hold.
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Attacker strikes opponent with a hammer fist to head. He blocks attacker’s striking hand using a belt and both hands with high block technique.
Attacker attempts a front punch strike to opponent’s middle section. Opponent moves to his right, blocking the striking hand with his belt.
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Opponent wraps belt around attacker’s striking hand to trap attacker.
Then quickly releases belt from attacker’s arm, applying choke hold to attacker’s neck.
Breaking through 50 sheets of glass to earn a new Guinness world record. Photo by Alfredo Tucci
“After I broke eight Guinness World records, On May 17, 2003, Grandthe organization decided to do a biography on me. master Maurice Elmalem They asked if I could break a new world record returned to break a new live on Guinness World Records: Primetime at Guinness world record Hollywood Universal Studios, March 12, 2001. I at the Black Belt Martial agreed to go on the show. The show assigned a pro- Arts Festival at The Palace ducer, cameraman, director and anchorwoman to of Vistalerge, the largest visit me in New York City and follow me for three arena in Madrid, Spain. days. They interviewed my Grandmaster Dr. Richard Chun, my students, family and In front of 35,000 people cheering “Maufriends. They carefully watched everything I rice! Maurice!,” he was set to break 95 did, filming me as I broke boards, practiced pieces of glass. Before his break, Maurice forms, and even what I ate. took the microphone and asked the spectaThen I went to Los Angeles to film the tors for more cheers. show. There, I first agreed to break only 35 sheets of glass, but when the show started, producers approached me and asked if I could break 50 sheets of glass. I was nervous and knew that saying no would risk losing my title live on television. It would have ruined everything I had worked so hard to establish. So, I had to overcome this fear and regain my confidence. My turn came. As an opening, I did a flying side kick over chairs, breaking boards. Next, I was interviewed by anchorman Marc Thomson. He kept looking at the stack of glass then asked, “As a renaissance man, are you sure you can break this enormous amount of glass? And why would an intelligent man like you want to do that?” I told him that I would be crazy not to. The crowd roared and I took my position and started focusing using Maurice announced meditation to energize myself. The stage was set that he will increase the and the atmosphere was calm. I took my stance. At amount of the glass to that moment, I could think of nothing else but to 105 pieces. This totaled break that stack of glass. My hand traveled through a 13.5 inch-high stack the eight and a half inch wide stack of glass at an of glass. With one single approximate speed of 125 miles per hour, breakblow, an elbow strike ing the entire 50 sheets of glass with one single downward, and a strong knifehand strike. They placed five cameras in every yell, Maurice broke the direction so they could capture such an electrifying world record. moment. I was overjoyed as the Guinness World Record judges checked the broken glass and confirmed the record valid.” Photos on this page courtesy of Budo International
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"L?;ECHACN$IQH 4B?";MC=MI@;"L?;E By Stephen DiLeo
Breaking is perhaps one of the best ways to demonstrate the destructive power of martial arts. Although this practice is usually associated with Korean systems, almost every martial style employs some form of breaking as a means of testing a student’s ability or technique. Of course, this tradition is not without its critics who use as their mantra, the late, great Bruce Lee’s famous line in Enter the Dragon, “boards don’t hit back.” But then again, neither does a heavy bag, a focus mitt or an air shield. The point is that knowledgeable martial artists use breaking as a means to an ends and not an ends in and of itself. That is, this practice is simply another method of training used to provide immediate feedback on the way to measure a student’s skill level. In fact, when done correctly, breaking can prove a safe, valuable part of any system.
Example of using an air shield for power
The air shield is positioned for a reverse punch.
&OH>;G?HN;FM Because breaking is really just an extension of a student’s basics, there is very little in the way of speciﬁc training. The best way to prepare for a successful break is to practice fundamentals. What are the fundamentals? The answer should be familiar to serious martial artists: focus, distance, power, and the correct striking area of the body. Focus is deﬁned by Webster’s as “the ability to concentrate or direct.” The best thrown punch or kick is, in eﬀect, worthless if it misses its mark. Accuracy is essential; without it, power is misdirected, reduced, or completely lost. Every legitimate system stresses and incorporates this fundamental technique as a routine part of class. What better way to test focus than to place a board in front of a student. Distance plays an important role in breaking as it often determines how much a technique penetrates the target. Imagine a punch thrown with terriﬁc accuracy and tremendous power, but just short of its mark. Without the correct distancing, the punch does relatively little damage. Again, most instructors should include this fundamental as part of the normal training regimen for self-defense, as well as sparring. 58 May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
The student executes a reverse punch at full power to build the basics necessary for breaking.
The importance of power is self-evident; without it, martial arts become little more than an elaborate dance. Instructors recognize the value of lessons that create strong technique and thus generally include drills that promote power, such as heavy bag training. With respect to breaking-speciﬁc training, students can turn to the controversial practice of using a striking post. Commonly referred to as a makiwara board, this type of training requires a student to strike a wooden board (sometimes wrapped with thick rope), in order to harden the various striking surfaces of the body. In addition to conditioning those surfaces, this drill forces a student to under-
Example of breaking with a punch using support blocks instead of human holders
stand the limits and vulnerabilities of certain strikes and kicks.
3NLCECHA3OL@;=?M Every kick or punch has a speciﬁc point of contact, which is known as the striking surface. There are a variety of striking surfaces throughout the human body, each with distinct characteristics that make them suitable for the particular techniques that employ them. Some of the common striking surfaces for hand techniques include: the ﬁrst two knuckles of the ﬁst for a punch; the outer side of the hand for a knife hand strike; the elbow for an elbow strike; and the palm heel of the hand for a palm strike. Some of the more unique areas are: the ﬁngertips for a spear hand strike; the thumb for a thumb strike; and the inner side of the hand for a ridge hand strike. For kicking technique, the choices of striking surfaces are more limited. They include: the knife edge of the foot (the outer edge of the heel) for side kicks; the ball of the foot for front kicks and round kicks; the top of the foot, also for round kicks; and the back of the heel for ax kicks and heel kicks. Generally, the choice of technique necessarily dictates the choice of striking surface. Obviously, some areas of the body are more durable than others forcing a student to carefully choose what techniques make sense and which ones may cause injury. For instance, it would not be very wise to use a spear ﬁnger attack on ﬁve boards. However, for a side kick, ﬁve boards would be a very reasonable break. Clearly, most injuries in breaking result from bad decisions in terms of technique and the number of boards or bricks being attempted.
"L?;ECHA-;N?LC;F For the most part, there are two basic categories of breaking material: wood and blocks. Each has advantages and disadvantages that make them more or less desirable, depending upon the technique in question. While any type of wood can be used, for purposes of this discussion, we will assume the most commonly used type, white pine. The speciﬁc characteristics of wood that are relative to breaking are size, grain, and moisture content. Generally, boards are cut to a size where the width does not exceed the height, for example,
eleven inches wide by eleven inches high. The less the width, the easier the board breaks. The grain of the board also has implications. If the grain is tight (the lines are close together), the board may snap easier than if the grain is not uniform or widely dispersed. Finally, the most important characteristic which determines how diﬃcult a board may be to break is the moisture it contains. The more moisture, the more likely the board will bend before it breaks, similar to a green tree branch. One way to determine the “toughness” of a board is to gauge its relative weight; heavier boards contain greater moisture. Boards have an advantage over blocks in that they usually break cleanly, making them ideal for handheld breaks or breaks that require unique angles. On the down side, because of the characteristics described above, no two boards are the same, which means judging the diﬃculty of a break is guesswork, at best. Standard eight inch by sixteen inch cement blocks, on the other hand, are generally very consistent and do not have the problems
Student lines up for the break by positioning his hand at the exact center of the boards.
Student draws back with good hip twist and concentration.
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Example of breaking with a knife-hand strike using a board rack
with size, grain, or moisture. However, there are disadvantages that limit their use. For instance, because of their weight, blocks may be diﬃcult to hold when the break requires unique angles. Additionally, blocks will fragment into numerous pieces when they break, possibly injuring the holders or spectators. The ﬁnal choice of which breaking material to use is a personal decision, or perhaps, something decided by a student’s instructor. Many times, the type of material is dictated by the technique being attempted or whether human holders are required. In the end, if a student uses good judgment, the choice of boards vs. blocks is less important than sound execution of their technique.
Student lines up for the break by positioning his hand at the exact center of the boards. Note how only the outside edge of the hand is making contact.
!-;NN?LI@3=C?H=? The physics of breaking is not rocket science; in fact, there are only a few principles that apply. The size of the board or block has a great deal to do with the material’s breaking point. The more narrow the width, the easier the break. Focus is also important because hitting the center of the board or block creates the highest probability for success. Placing spacers between the breaking material often ignites a debate. Simply put, if spacers are used, the amount of force needed to break multiple boards or blocks is constant for each piece of material used. With no spacers, the boards or blocks support one another; each piece of material in the stack will require increasing amounts of force to break, making this scenario more diﬃcult. Finally, although it is more a matter of common sense when using multiple boards, be sure to align all of the grain in the same direction. If not, you will be attempting to break plywood, which usually doesn’t work out too well!
Student chambers the technique, making sure only the knife-edge of the hand makes contact.
(IF>?LM Perhaps the greatest variable in breaking is the holder, particularly if it is a fellow student, or worse, a willing spectator or parent. There are two types of holders: human and non-human. Human holders almost always move at the point of impact—it is unavoidable. Even the most experienced holders will ﬂinch, slide, or simply buckle if enough force is applied, especially if a student accidentally misses the boards and strikes a hand or ﬁnger. Additionally, us60 May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
With good focus, the technique finds its mark and does its job.
ing people will limit the number of boards or blocks attempted, depending on the size of your holders. Using large support blocks or some type of board rack is becoming more and more popular as technology improves. Support blocks and racks provide a clear advantage in that they can generally hold more breaking material than fellow students.
Of course, when a non-human holder is employed, there is no movement or give which may not always be a good thing. While no movement provides 100 percent support, missing the boards or blocks and hitting the holder, in this case, may result in injury at the point of contact. Failed attempts may also cause further damage as the student doing the break is forced to absorb the recoil shock when the holder does not move. Of course, one of the most impressive breaking techniques is one in which the target is not supported or suspended. When a board or block is free standing or held with only one hand, the break requires an extreme amount of speed for success. Depending on the technique, this is not an easy feat. Again, selecting the type of holders should be a decision based on the choice of technique and the number of boards or blocks attempted.
"L?;ECHA@IL2;HE Because of the diﬃculty in providing identical breaking material to each testing candidate, using breaking as a test requirement is a tricky proposition. Holding a student’s rank as a result of a failed break may not be fair and will certainly destroy that student’s conﬁdence. Instead, instructors should consider limiting the number of blocks or boards to make the break achievable. Another strategy may be to increase the number of attempts for a particular break or oﬀer a “make-up” day for students to try without the pressure of test judges or spectators. Perhaps the best idea is to make allowances for the diﬀerences in breaking material and holders by scoring a student on the attempt in terms of accuracy and overall technique. After all, breaking is simply another way of testing a student’s basics and not a separate skill with its own speciﬁc application.
"L?;ECHA@IL#IGJ?NCNCIH Breaking is most controversial when it is incorporated as a competitive division in tournaments. Almost without exception, tournament breaking generates controversy, disappointment, and ultimately, anger. Why? The short answer is scoring. In addition to inconsistent scoring and the disparity in breaking material, breaking competitions tend to take on a carnival atmosphere where some techniques resemble a circus act rather than martial arts.
Tournaments need to have some level of uniform scoring so competitors can train and compete accordingly. Generally, forms are scored with a relatively consistent scale based on stances, kicks, rhythm, etc., even across diﬀerent styles. Fighting has a simple standard which awards a point when contact is made to a legal target area. Breaking, however, usually relies on an applause meter, regardless of how ridiculous a technique may be or how little it has to do with combat application. To be sure, breaking competition can be very dynamic and a real crowd pleaser. Adding obstacles to a break or performing a diﬃcult technique is very legitimate and enhances the competition; but when a competitor’s routine leaves the realm of martial arts and enters fantasy, those techniques are better left for public demonstrations, not tournaments. With just a few simple rules and adjustments, breaking can become a fair and competitive division. First and foremost, breaking material should be inspected prior to the competition to ensure everyone is on a level playing ﬁeld. Many tournaments either require a speciﬁc type of breaking material or force competitors to buy their material on site. Second, limit setup time and the number of breaks, as well as the number of attempts at each station. Third, use non-human holders where possible or provide experienced holders, in the same way a tournament director would solicit ring judges. Finally, establish the ground rules (prior to the tournament) for the types of permitted breaks and their relative diﬃculty—don’t assume your judges somehow know. Clearly, no tournament is perfect, but implementing a few of these suggestions will certainly help breaking become an accepted part of competition. In the ﬁnal analysis, breaking plays an important role in the development of practical skill. Instructors and students should embrace this traditional practice as a valuable means for testing technique and building conﬁdence, but only if it is employed as a training tactic, rather than a ﬁnal goal in itself. The act of breaking a board or a block, like everything else in martial arts, is only as valuable as it is applicable to combat or self-defense. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen DiLeo is a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and a ﬁrst degree black belt in Tang Soo-Do. He is one of the chief instructors at the Altoona Academy of Tae Kwon-Do with over 30 years experience and has taught at numerous seminars and summer camps. Mr. DiLeo is also a freelance writer and photographer.
taekwondotimes.com / May 2009
Norwegian Narve Laeret has proven himself as one of the world’s finest cement block breakers, responsible for ten world records and seven Guinness records. TaeKwonDo Times had a close talk with the farmboy who’s crushed several tons of cement blocks in his lifetime, and secured himself the Guinness record in November 2008 by breaking 700 concrete blocks in 29 seconds. The hard punching viking from the little town of Horten in Norway, has been studying and gaining knowledge from different martial arts since 1984, and is currently running his own Kyokushin Karate Club. But first, he considers himself to be a martial arts practitioner. “To me, it’s more important that you actually practice martial arts and have a good spirit, than the style you practice. Dedication, selfcontrol and an insane drive is what makes a good martial arts practitioner. One of my best friends and opponents in martial arts is actually the Tae Kwon Do practitioner Ali Bahcetepe (sixth-degree black belt) from Turkey,” says Laeret.
Demolition Machine In his career, Narve Laeret has demolished and broken his way to ten world records and seven Guinness records. The records are earned breaking standard concrete blocks, which Laeret breaks with his head and both hands. During the Guinness attempt in Turkey in November 2008, Laeret went beyond his own expectations and broke 700 blocks using both hands in 29 seconds. Before the competition, most people thought it would be impossible to break that many concrete blocks in such a short time. Even Narve Laeret was unsure of himself, “I never thought I would make it through the entire line of blocks within the time limit of 60 seconds. But I was mentally prepared and activated my auto pilot.”
Narve Laeret starts his preparations two months prior to participating in big tournaments or shows. Every night, before going to sleep, he runs through everything in his mind. He visualizes every move and succeeds every time. Physically, he toughens his body parts on a makiwara board and other harder elements. “I´ve been doing this for the last 20 years and have built a strong physique and strong mind that handles a lot. In addition to breaking, I do patterns, kata, ride my bike, do sparring and a lot of strength training. I have always trained in an extreme manner and pushed the limits of what I can handle.” When Laeret Guinness World Record started, it was holder, Narve like watching a Laceret machine made for one purpose only; breaking concrete blocks on a production line. For 29 seconds he moved like a piston in an engine, breaking parallel with both hands. The movements were perfectly synchronized and Laeret’s power worked its way through the concrete blocks. “To do this with no injuries and at the same time, break all the blocks in all the piles, with every single punch, taekwondotimes.com / May 2009
everything must work out perfectly,” explains Laeret. When he was done breaking, Laeret did not know how much time he had taken to complete the task, but was completely unharmed. Laeret explains he had a strange sensation of not being there while it happened. “The experience of completing the task, unharmed, not quite being there, was undescribable. But I was so mentally prepared for the job, that it literally went by itself,” he states.
(Above) Narve poses with the 7oo blocks he broke to earn the Guinness Record.
(Right) All 700 blocks lined up for Narve to crush.
(Below) After the break
Tough Farmboy Narve Laeret grew up as the oldest boy on a small farm in Norway. His parents divorced and Narve took on the difficult duties of the farm. Hard labor, both in the evening and in the morning, developed Narve’s strong stamina to accomplish his goals. “Sometimes I worked a bit too hard, I guess. School, homework, duties on the farm and training occupied most 64 May 2009 / taekwondotimes.com
patient, train smart but hard, and remember that a true martial arts practitioner finds strength and growth in what he or she is doing.”
To see video of Narve Laeret’s Guinness record break, visit taekwondotimes. com. Narve holds up his awards.
of my day, and I sacrified a lot of time I normally should have spent with my friends. But I did everything I could to help my mother on the farm and I took great pride in accomplishing goals. The result is a strong will and a physique that helped me reach high goals in the martial arts. The Guinness record I won in Turkey in November 2008, was one of the highlights so far,” explains Laeret.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lars-Einar Petterson started his International Taekwon-Do Federation training with late Master Lehn in Norway in 1987. He also tried other styles and focused on winter sports for about ten years before he got back into TKD. He holds a second-degree black belt and has won several medals in national competitions. He now trains in Oslo, Norway with Master Svendsen. Find out more at www.itf-academy.no.
Good Advice Record breaking is not for beginners, and Narve Laeret emphasizes the importance of building a strong foundation with hardening of striking surfaces and strength training before his students are allowed to do breaking. Narve, on the other hand, made all the beginner mistakes in the book. “Being young and watching films starring Bruce Lee inspired me to test my skills on my own—with bad results. I once ran my hand through a pile of roofing tiles and ended up with a bloody and damaged hand,” Laeret says. The breaker from Norway recommends those who want to be successful in breaking, to be patient and listen to a seasoned and experienced instuctor. The danger of hurting oneself increases the younger you are, so starting out with too much, too early, is not a good idea. Laeret ends with this, “Respect others, be
Ali Bahcetepe, Guinness rep, and Narve.
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After many years of anticipation, the Southern California Charter School (SCCS) for junior and senior high school is under construction and is scheduled to open in September of 2009. The new school will be located in Victorville, California, at the Southern California Logistics Airport. SCCS is a new public school in California that is going to focus on science, math, and engineering. The school will also be implementing a ground-breaking physical education program that will focus on the art and sport of Tae Kwon Do for the major portion of its curriculum. While there have been other schools that have incorporated martial arts into their physical education programs, SCCS will be diďŹ€erent, being the ďŹ rst public school known to have its own dojang within the school walls. The dojang will be approximately eight thousand square feet of mat space with state of the art equipment as well as a running area, observing area, locker room and shower room. Heading the program will be Master Ji Mahn Nam of Victorville Tae Kwon Do. Master Nam has been training in Tae Kwon Do for over 27 years and
The current school with 2000 square feet of mat space.
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currently runs a successful Tae Kwon Do school in southern California. Master Nam was approached by the CEO and the Vice Principal of SCCS, Dr. Gary Wilkins. Dr. Wilkins, along with his wife and two children, are current students of Master Nam and have been for years. According to Dr. Wilkins, “The reason I approached Master Nam was because of his great reputation with the community, as well as the experience. I got to see his quality of teaching through the years and I believe we share the same vision of creating a better public school where the students are beneﬁting mentally, physically, and spiritually.”
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“As the new athletic director I am excited to focus on Tae Kwon Do for exercise, but most importantly, I feel this will help the kids with character development to help them through life,” states Master Nam about the unprecedented program. The Tae Kwon Do program plans to have traditional doboks or uniforms for its students, as well as a belt rank system allowing each student to achieve black belt rank by high school graduation. “We want to give the whole experience of being a martial artist, not just the athleticism. We are also planning to certify the students through World Taekwondo Federation,” explains Master Nam. The SCCS physical education curriculum will also teach many other sports, such as yoga, golf, swimming, water polo, gymnastics, and wrestling. While these diﬀerent sports will rotate in and out of the curriculum every eight weeks at SCCS, Tae Kwon Do will be taught year long. The Tae Kwon Do program will have two to three instructors on the ﬂoor with the students for most of its classes, consisting of approximately sixty to seventy students per class and six classes scheduled throughout the school day. Master Nam plans on implementing Tae Kwon Do philosophies and terminologies into the public school curriculum as well and notes that students will be graded on their attitude and eﬀort more than anything else. He also notes that “mat chats” will be part of each class as in his Tae Kwon Do school Master Nam’s dojang
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The Victorville Tae Kwon Do competition team
now. “I know it will not be easy at ﬁrst…but once we show them (the students) we care…they will accept it,” explains Master Nam about the character building aspects of the anticipated Tae Kwon Do program at SCCS. Master Nam also addresses working with disabled students in the new SCCS program. “We have a program that works around their disability. Our goal is to have each individual reach their full potential, so whether it is a kick or a punch, we focus on the individual,” states Master Nam. The junior and senior high school students of SCCS will be learning from the curriculum that Master Nam has developed over his years of teaching and tested by Master Nam himself. “We are planning to build more schools in the future and would like Master Nam to head out the program for the entire region. We are expecting great results from him,” notes Dr. Wilkins. Many martial art instructors have asked Master Nam how to achieve the implementation of a major Tae Kwon Do program in their local public schools and his answer is a quote from the famous American author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar: Master Nam and Dr. Gary Wilkins
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Master Nam reminds everyone to “work with your heart and work for your students with their best interests in mind. They will see it and many good things will happen to you even if you don’t plan it.” He notes that it is important to always be helping in your community, doing school chats about bullies, self-defense seminars, motivational talks, and demonstrations. He stresses that you should not do these things for money, but to help the community. Tae Kwon Do is really coming into its own in the United States. It is being recognized as a great means of exercise and even more importantly, as an eﬀective way to develop good, moral character. As martial artists, it is exciting to see our society and public school system embracing Tae Kwon Do’s integrity, honor, hard work, discipline, selfconﬁdence, leadership and other life-changing and beneﬁcial skills. Good luck to Master Nam as the new athletic director of this revolutionary new physical education program at the SCCS and to Tae Kwon Do in our public school system.
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