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January 2010 / Volume 30 No. 1 / Issue Number 173 Publisher & CEO Woojin Jung


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17 The 2009 WTF World Championships

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We’ve got the results from the WTF World Championships, which found U.S. TKD legend, Steven Lopez, to be this year’s Male MVP. Find out even more online at taekwondotimes.com.

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19 The 2009 ITF World Championships

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C. M. Griffin Doug Cook Guy Edward Larke Jerry Beasley Karen Eden Master Rondy Tae Yun Kim Tom Kurz

Contributors CM Griffin David Higgs Elizabeth Sweet Emmie Myers George Vitale Hal Pittman Larry Shealy Michael Aloia Robert E. Beaudoin Stephen DiLeo Vice Presidents Don Wells Eui Min Ko He-Young Kimm General Advisors Jhoon Rhee Jin Suk Yang Hee Il Cho Woon Chick Park Chuck Sereff Soo Nam Park Edward Sell Rick Rojeck Tiger Kim Kwang Sik Myung Soon Ho Lee Chun Sik Kim Public Relations Jung Oh Hwang Taek Sung Cho Michelle Kim General Education Alexander Choi Byungchul Kim Yong Bum Kim Event Coordinator Jun Pyo Choi Sung Yong Ji Song Son Yu Martial Art Tech.

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

Get the results and see great photos from the 2009 ITF World Championships that took place in St. Petersburg, Russia. Find more information about the championships online at taekwondotimes.com.



40 Choi Kwang Do Today Read up on the science behind CKD and why there’s no competing in this martial art. Also, get details on the 23 year celebration to take place in Korea in 2010.


55 The Community of TKD: The ITA and Passing the Torch Read about this amazing organization, its founders, and its strong commitment to serving the community. Learn how legendary Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm became involved in the ITA in a one-on-one interview.

65 The 2009 TKDT Hall of Fame Meet the seven amazing latest inductees into the worldrenowned TaeKwonDo Times Hall of Fame. Learn about their training, how they got started in the arts, and their plans for the future of TKD.



2009 Hall of Fame U.S. Grandmaster of the Year International Grandmaster of the Year Master of the Year Man of the Year Kenneth P. MacKenzie

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Robert J. Ott

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75 The Little School That Works


Follow Team Park of Southeastern Virginia as they train and compete in the USAT National Championships and Junior Olympics. Watch as the young athletes learn the rules of tough tournaments from Grandmaster Chan Hak Park and Master Charles Park.

78 The Legend of Black Belt Dammora Publishing, based out of Korea, is striking out into new territory with a series of graphic novels on TKD’s legendary pioneers worldwide. Read about their first venture into the world of animated storytelling with The Legend of Black Belt: Daiwon Moon, and where you can get your copy of these sure-to-be collectable books!


On Our Cover Top: Senior Master Michael Cerminaro and his wife, Master Lyn Cerminaro, both of Ventura, California, perform side-by-side flying sidekicks. Bottom: From left to right, Grandmasters Bert Kollars, Dr. He-Young Kimm, Craig Kollars, and Art Monroe of the ITA.

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81 81 Celebrating 30 Years of TKDT: An Interview with Publisher Grandmaster Woojin Jung

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An exclusive interview with TKDT Publisher Grandmaster Woojin Jung, reflects back on the last 30 years of TKD Times. He discusses his personal philosophies on training, work and more.


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Come along as TKDT correspondent and our newly inducted Ambassador of the Year, George Vitale, details the last 30 years of Tae Kwon Do. We cover the good, the bad, and everything in between.

88 Black Belt = Leadership


Being a black belt is so much more than just earning a piece of cloth to tie around your waist, so much more than being a rank. Being a black belt means you are a leader. Read how to treat your black belt status with the respect it deserves.

94 The 7 Virtues: The Way of the Warrior The seven virtues are the way of the warrior, a code of conduct, of chivalry. Learn the seven virtues of ancient times, and how they still can apply to the modern day warrior.



Jessie Vi & Loftin Searcy: True Martial Art Warriors

Young Loftin Searcy wanted nothing more than to train in martial arts. But diagnosed with both Autism and Cerebral Palsy, Loftin and his mother had trouble finding a teacher willing to commit the time and energy needed to help Loftin train. Enter Jessie Vi, the martial art instructor who stepped up to the challenge.


25 NEW! The Knight’s Way / A Little Guidance 32 Stretch Yourself / 1000 Movements for Healthy Joints 38 East Meets West / A Commitment to Getting There 43 MMA & You / Top MMA Fighters of the Decade 48 Traditions / Thirty Years of Documenting Tae Kwon Do 87 Woman of the Times / Where are the Killer Bees? 90 Heart to Heart / Making Waves 106 The Last Word / Again with the Amateurs

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Lead Us, Big & Small

With the presidential elections for both the ITF and the WTF complete, reelecting the previous presidents in both organizations, Professor Chang Ung and Chungwon Choue respectively, it is time to look ahead to their second terms. Their positions are lofty, and I congratulate them on their re-elections. But with great position, comes great responsibility. The second terms of Chungwon Choue and Chang Ung should be spent being more hands on in the Tae Kwon Do community. I’m not talking amongst the high political leaders of TKD, I’m speaking of the white belts and green belts, the yellow belts and orange belts, the people in the dojangs, practicing TKD day in and day out. They need to show their respect for the citizens of the Tae Kwon Do community, not just those that hold high rank and status among us, but those of us just starting out, learning the ways of the martial artist. They need to shed their suits and ties and step inside the dojangs across the world, talking to each of us who train and why. They need to understand our desire for discipline, self-defense, and indomitable spirit. They need to role model the generous spirit of the martial artist, through charity events and donations to less fortunate. They need to attend tournaments, both big and small, making it known to the members of their respective groups, that each and every one of us is important, and can make a difference. The newly re-elected presidents of the ITF and WTF have much work ahead of them in their second terms. Let us hope that they can be the leaders that the world of Tae Kwon Do truly deserves.

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Dear Readers, We wanted to share some great letters we received from so many of you regarding our 30-year anniversary. They were inspiring and encouraging and reminded us all here at TKD Times why we strive to bring you the best articles and latest martial arts news. We thank you for your loyal support for the last 30 years and promise to continue to provide you excellent coverage of martial arts around the world for many years to come! Sincerely, TKD Times Staff

Congratulating you and your TKD magazine on 30 great successful years and your dedication and endless efforts to promote the art of TKD around the world. —Master Benny S. Rivera On behalf of myself and all the students at Suwanee Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts, we wish to extend sincere congratulations to Grandmaster Woojin Jung and his staff in celebrating 30 amazing years of publishing TKD Times magazine. Thank you for your wonderful contributions to the martial arts community by publishing a variety of beneficial articles for practitioners of all styles and disciplines to enjoy. We thank you for your continued support of CKD and others arts, and we wish you continued success in going forward for another 30+ years! —Susan Whitfield Congratulations to TaeKwonDo Times and its staff for 30 years of excellence in covering all areas of martial arts. I have been a subscriber since the early 80s and have seen this magazine provide useful articles, report current trends, yet stay grounded in its traditional roots. TaeKwonDo Times has evolved into a premier publication and has taken martial arts journalism to a new level. I have had the privilege of writing for this magazine over the past few years, and I can personally attest to the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by the entire staff. Here’s wishing you well on another 30 years of success! —Steve DiLeo I wish to say congratulations to TaeKwonDo Times! The magazine has been a large part of my martial art training for over two decades and will surely continue to be that for the future. The magazine has been honorable to work with and professional in every manner. After having written numerous articles and been on the cover of the July 2008 edition, I have had numerous doors open up for both business and study. TaeKwonDo Times is a magazine that surely knows how to step out of the box. Once again, I must say congratulations and you will always be a winner! —Chief Master Robert J. Ott It was many years ago when I had competed at the U.S. Open Metropolitan Championship hosted my Grandmaster Chung Kim and was told that TaeKwonDo Times was covering the event. I was a young student hungry for more information, history and training tips, so I purchased a back issue at the tournament that featured the honorable Hee Il Cho. I was ecstatic. I was fortunate enough to have found a magazine dedicated to the martial arts. Over that last 19 years, I have relied on TKD Times to inspire, challenge and inform me on all aspects of martial arts. I encourage all my students to subscribe so that they too can be inspired, challenged and informed. I look forward to the next 30 years. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! —Aaron Wayne-Duke I want to wish TKDT a great 30-year anniversary in publishing one of the most outstanding magazines that specializes in TKD news and sports worldwide. For the past 30 years, TKD Times has been promoting the Korean martial arts by way of publishing articles, covering tournaments, championships, book reviews, products, Olympic Games, and historic events. As editor of Budo International Martial Arts Magazine, it is an honor to work and collaborate with TKD Times magazine. All the best, good luck and bravo to TKD Times magazine for their excellent service to their readers. —Grandmaster Maurice Elmalem

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I’ve been reading TKD Times since 1983. I have always looked forward to each issue and to read the wisdom of the masters. While many other martial arts magazines have gone the way of featuring MMA, it’s refreshing to read a magazine devoted to traditional martial arts and particularly the traditional Korean martial arts. When I first started reading, I never dreamed that one day I would be personally contributing to such a fine publication. Happy 30th and I wish you another 30! —Master James Theros On behalf of the African ITF and ITF Nigeria, I send a heartfelt congratulations to the publisher and management of TaeKwonDo Times. In my 33 years of martial arts training, TKD Times has been a constant companion and source of inspiration for me and others in our nation. May TKD Times remain a standard bearer for the noble art of TKD for generations to come. —Master George Ashiru On the occasion of your 30th anniversary, on behalf of the ITF, I send our heartfelt congratulations for 30 successful years and wish you another 30 years to come. We thank you for your great contributions, dedication, thoughtfulness and endless efforts to promote the art of TKD to every corner of the world. Please keep up your great work! —Master Phap Lu Congratulations TKD Times on 30 years of excellence in bringing your readers the best in health and fitness articles, martial arts news, inspiring stories, and interesting features. Best wishes for continued success. —Jeff Helaney Congratulations to this amazing magazine. I picked up my first issue in 1990 when I first started TKD. It educated me about the various Korean systems as far as technique, history and philosophy. I’m proud to say I’ve actually met a few of the masters I’ve read about along the way. It’s now 2009 and I’m a licensed instructor with the Kukkiwon and a freelance journalist in Korea. It’s been a long road, but the inspirational stories and sensational content kept me on track the past 19 years. Here’s to another 30 years and inspiring a new generation of traveling martial artists! —Guy Edward Larke While I was researching the last 30 years of TKD for this anniversary issue, I realized that TKD Times was not only a great publication but also a valuable resource in recording the happenings of the world’s most popular martial art of TKD. Under the leadership of GM Woojin Jung, not only will the all important documenting of TKD’s history continue forever for future generations, but TKD Times expansion around the world with an online edition and international correspondents will ensure that we not only read about the major events, but we will also see how TKD, the great gift that Korea has given to the world, has helped shape the lives of so many around the globe. TKD Times helps to change the world through the martial arts. May they enjoy success for another 30 years, nay 30 times 30 years! —Master George Vitale I would like to thank TaeKwonDo Times for 30 years of outstanding martial arts coverage. In addition to covering the sport, the publication has also done an outstanding job publicizing and encouraging humanitarian efforts by schools throughout the world. Your effort to unite our disparate governing bodies is yet another example of your dedication to increase world unity in martial arts. Congratulations on 30 years of promoting respect and peace-building through martial arts. May you enjoy even greater success in your next 30 years! — Jung Oh Hwang, Hwang’s Martial Arts For the last 30 years, you have provided martial artists all over the world with news, techniques, philosophies, dreams, peace, culture, history and stories. You have given us non-biased coverage of both the ITF and WTF, uniting the world of Tae Kwon Do. Your efforts in the Goodwill Tour of 2007 have made history in the world of martial arts. Thank you TaeKwonDo Times! —Jae Chul Shin, World Tang Soo Do Association. 䌲ῢ☚䌖㧚㰖GZW⎚G₆⎦G㿫䞮Ⲫ㔲㰖 ZW⎚㦚G㎎Ἒ䌲ῢ☚G㧎✺㠦ỢGⓊ㓺㢖G₆㑶S㻶䞯S∞Sⶎ䢪S㡃㌂G❇㦚 㩚䞮Ⳋ㍲G䌲ῢ☚⯒G⍦ⰂG㎎Ἒ䢪G㔲䌊㠦G㧒㧋㦚G╊╏䞲G䌲ῢ☚G䌖㧚㰖㠦 ₠㦖GṦ㌂⯒G✲ⰂⳆG㞚㤎⩂G~{mG㢖Gp{mG㦮G╊䞿G⹥G㭧Ⱃ㦚G㰖䋺ⳆG䌲ῢ☚㦮 ⋮㞚ṞG₎㦚G㩲㔲䞮ⳆG䌲ῢ☚⯒G䐋䞮㡂G㎎Ἒ䘟䢪㦮G₎㦚GⰢ✺㠞㦒ⳆG 䔏䧞G⿗䞲G䌲ῢ☚G㔲⻪┾G⹎ῃ⹿ⶎ㦖G㡃㌂㠦G₎㧊G⋾㦚Gộ㧊┺GṦ㌂䞿┞┺ ㎎ἚG╏㑮☚G䡧䣢GṲ㻯㧦G㔶㩲㻶 G taekwondotimes.com / January 2010



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2009 WTF World Championships Koreaa ma Kore mana nage gedd to cli linc nchh th thee over eral alll me men’ n’ss ti titl tle off tthe he 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Championships, which concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 18, 2009. China grabbed the overall women’s title. In the men’s division, Korea won three gold medals and one silver medal for the top place in terms of total points, followed by Iran with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Spain came next with one gold, one silver and one bronze, while Turkey grabbed one gold and two bronze medals for the fourth place. The United States followed with one gold and one bronze. In the women’s category, China took home two gold Steven & Jean Lopez medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal for the top place, while Korea stood at second with two golds, one silver and two bronzes. Spain came next with two golds and two bronzes, followed by France with one gold and one bronze, and thee United States with one gold medal. It marked the first time that Korea failed to win both the men’s and women’s overall titles at the Championships. Mr. Steven Lopez of the United States was chosen as the male MVP of the Championships, as he became the first five-time world champion, while Spain’s Ms. Yague Enrique Brigitte was chosen as the female MVP as she became the three-time world champion. The Best Referee Awards went to Mr. Predreg Tesovic of Serbia, Mr. Faraj Alfadhel of Kuwait, Mr. Jung Kwnag Jun of Korea, Ms. Sandra Megally Pena of Colombia and Mr. Myung Chan Kim of the United States. WTF President Chungwon Choue also honored five best coaches of the Championships during the closing ceremony of the Championships. They were Mr. Sin Hak Min of Afghanistan, Ms. Myriam Baverel of France, Mr. Jorge Gomes Ramos of Mali, Marimer Lopez of Puerto Rico, and Mr. Alexey Zemischev of Russia. The Active Participation Prizes went to Greece, Turkey and Ukraine, while the Good Fightingg Spirit Prizes went to Denmark, Senegal, and Trinidad and Tobago. On the fifth and final day of the five-day Championships, Korea won two gold medals and one bronze medal, while Spain clinched one gold and one bronze medal. In the men’s under 74kg division, Korea’s Joon-tae Kim defeated Canada’s Potvin Maxime for the gold medal. The bronze went to the United States’ Mark Lopez and Germany’s Mokdad Ounis. In the women’s under 62kg category, Korea’s Su-jeong Lim defeated China’s Hua Zhang to win the gold medal. Spain’s Estefania Hernandez Garcia and Thailand’s Chonnapas Premwaew shared the bronze medal. Spain’s Rosana Simon Alamo outpointed China’s Rui Liu to earn the gold medal. The bronze went to Korea’s Seol Jo and Brazil’s Natalia Silva.

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2009 ITF World Championships During ing tth he c cllosi sing ng c ce erem emon ony of the XVI ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships on October 17, 2009, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the main prizes were awarded. The main cup for victory in the team division was awarded to Team DPR Korea. The cup for second place in team classification was earned by Team Russia, who earned five gold medals, five silver and seven bronze medals. The Czech team earned third place in the Championships with three gold, three silver and five bronze medals. The Cup for the 2009 All-Around World Champion in the male division went to Daler Sayfiddinov of Tajikistan, who won one gold and one silver medal. The female Cup for the 2009 All-Around World Champion was awarded to Sa Ok Jin of DPR Korea, who won three gold medals. The All-Around World Champion Male Team was awarded to the team from the Czech Republic, while the All-Around World Champion Female Team was awarded to the team from DPR Korea. Pak Chonghyon of Japan was also announced as the best XVI ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships um u mp piire e.

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Dr. Choue

NEWS WTF President Re-Elected

Copenhagen, Denmark—Dr. Chungwon Choue was elected for the third time as President of the World Taekwondo Federation at the WTF General Assembly at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Oct. 13, 2009. Out of a total of 150 votes cast, Dr. Choue garnered 104 votes against 45 for Thailand’s Nat Indrapana, with one vote ruled invalid. Choue was first elected president of the WTF in June 2004 for the remainder of his predecessor, and then was re-elected in May 2005 for a four-year term. ITF President Re-Elected

St. Petersburg, Russia—With an overwhelming majority of votes, Professor Chang Ung was re-elected President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at approximately 4 p.m. An estimated 99 percent of voters cast their ballots for Professor Ung, who also is a member of the International Olympic Committee Professor Ung

Uniting the ITF?

Brooklyn, New York—The International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) under the leadership of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Professor Chang Ung, met with representatives of the ITF under the leadership of Grandmaster Tran Trieu Quan to discuss the reunification of the two groups. The meeting took place in Vienna, Austria, on September 12, 2009. Those representing Prof. Chang Ung were Master Anto Nobilo, President of the European Taekwon-Do Federation, Mr. Ri Yong Son, Executive Director General and Mr. Kim Chol Gyu, Treasurer. The representatives of Grandmaster Tran were Master Willem Jacob Bos, Secretary General and Master Juan Ferrando, Vice President. The ITF suffered some fragmentation surrounding the passing of the Founder Gen. Choi in 2002. Since that time this unfortunate division has resulted in each group hosting separate World Championships. With the preliminary plans outlined during the initial meeting, the World Championships will again become one event for all. The ITF remains committed to this laudable goal. Ground-Breaking for TKD Park in Korea

Muju, Korea—The Taekwondo Park in Muju, Korea, whose ground-breaking ceremony took place on September 4, 2009, will house the World Taekwondo Academy, a global Tae Kwon Do education and research center designated by the World Taekwondo Federation. The ground-breaking ceremony drew about 1,500 people, including WTF President Chungwon Choue and Mr. Dai-soon Lee, chairman of the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation, which is in charge of the construction and operation of the Taekwondo Park. The Taekwondo Park, which will serve as the Mecca of TKD worldwide, is scheduled to open in 2013, with a total construction cost of $185 million. Plans for the TKD Park

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The Next Karate Star

The Next Karate Star

Waco, Texas—Renowned martial artist Robert Barnes of Leadership Academy in Waco, Texas, joins forces with Time Warner Cable to introduce their new cable network program in search of the next karate star. The show is set in a family atmosphere, The Next Karate Star show promises to display the life of a martial artist and how this art can be mastered at home. Each week, the show will highlight kids and teens on their journey to becoming a black belt and developing essential leadership skills, while encouraging discipline and integrity in our youth. The show airs from Waco to San Marcos on Cable on Demand Channel 200 in Waco Texas, and channel 1400 in the Austin area. Online auditions can be sent to nextkaratestar@gmail.com. For more info on live auditions visit www.nextkaratestar.com and www.robertbarnesmedia.com.

PROMOTIONS & AWARDS Gary Hemandez, Karuna Khan Gordon, and “Superfoot” Wallace

Superfoot Promotions in Florida

Zephyrhills Florida—In late 2009, legendary Grandmaster Bill “Superfoot” Wallace promoted one of his female “Superfoot” school instructors to second-degree black belt. Head instructor Sunbaenim Karuna Khan Gordon, age 44 and mother of three, teaches Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Kickboxing at Gary Hernandez Martial Arts School in Florida. Sunbaenim Karuna Khan Gordon tested in Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing for Grandmaster Wallace. Also promoted by Grandmaster Wallace to second-dan black belt was 15-year-old Daniel Reilly, who has been studying TKD for five years. CKD Suwanee Promotions

CKD Suwanee Promotions

Suwanee, Georgia—Head Instructor Susan Whitfield of Suwanee CKD promoted three students to first-degree black belt and two students to second-degree black belt in September. The following students were promoted: Tommy Bradley (IL dan), Jordan Pape (IL dan), Patsy Carr (EE dan), Sean Bradley (IL dan), and A.J. James (EE dan). VMA Promotions in Malaysia

Selangor, Malaysia—In August 2009, Visual Martial Arts TaekwonDo (VMA) from Malaysia held the annual black belt grading test for promotions from first-dan black belt to third-dan black belt. The grading test was conducted by Head Instructor and Examiner Master Nelson Bernard Kirby, seventh-dan Dan ICTF, and was assisted by Sr. Instructor Mr. Gary Tong, fifth-dan, Mr. Steven William, fifth-dan, Mr. Givaa George, fourth-dan, and Mr. Sivabalan, fourth-dan. All the VMA black belt students that took the grading test passed their promotional test.

VMA Promotions

EVENTS 1st Asian Martial Art Games in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand—Over 1,450 people from 40 different Asian countries and regions competed at the 1st Asian Martial Art Games held in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2009. The athletes competed in three Bangkok venues for 121 gold medals in Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do, Kickboxing, Kurash, Muaythai, Pencak Silat, Tae Kwon Do, Wu-Shu and Kung-Fu. The event was marred by a lack of interest, allegations of unfair officiating and many things were completed at the last minute. To avoid being embarrassed by empty stadium seats, the organizers forced students to attend unpopular games. Most of the events

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attracted only a few martial arts fans and seats were empty when students, reportedly offered 200 Baht (seven U.S. dollars) to cheer on competitors, did not show up. Despite the negative aspects, the games continued with Thailand ranking first with 21 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 16 bronze medals, totaling 54 medals. Kazakhstan ranked second with 15 gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals from Judo, Kickboxing, Kurash, Tae Kwon Do, Karate-Do, and MuayThai contests. Third place went to South Korea, with ten gold, six silver and three bronze medals from the Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Karate-Do, and Wu-Shu and Kung-Fu competition. China ranked fourth as China’s sportsmen took nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals from the Karate-Do, Tae Kwon Do, Wu-Shu and Kung-Fu, and Muay-Thai matches. Japan ranked fifth with nine gold, two silver and three bronze medals from the Judo, Karate-Do, and Tae Kwon Do games. 20th Colorado State Open

Denver, Colorado—It was a busy two days for top notch martial arts competitors, young and old alike at the 20th Annual Colorado State Open Martial Arts Championship hosted by Tiger Kim’s Academy in September 2009. With four rings to keep the competitors engaged, many styles were seen at the event, including Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Karate and Kenpo. Promoters Grandmaster Jung Kil Kim and his son Master Sung Hwan Kim, along with the help from visiting Grandmaster Moon from San Francisco, Grand Master Sergio Chavez from Mexico City, and Academy Masters Don Schultz and William Challans, had the event running like a fine tuned machine. Grandmaster Chavez, an international WTF referee, was so impressed with the black belt forms competition that he commented to the competitors afterwards that they gave Olympic quality performances. 10 Years of San-Jitsu in Germany

(L to R) Senseis Isringhausen, Sanchez & Aderhold

Jacksonville, Florida—San-Jitsu, a martial art founded in Guam in 1971 by Soke Frank E. Sanchez, celebrated its ten year anniversary of being taught in Germany in September 2009 with seminars given by the founder’s son, Sensei Matthew Sanchez in Rahden, Germany. Commemorative awards were given out by German representatives, Senseis Thorsten Isringhausen and Jorg Aderhold to the San-Jitsu instructors in attendance, as well as certificates of appreciation to Sensei Veronika Priess and Grandmasters Bernd Hohle and Heinz Schedereiter for their promotion of San-Jitsu. Soke Sanchez, through his son, also awarded Senseis Isringhausen and Aderhold, who head the United SanJitsu Federation of Germany, their fourth-dans in San-Jitsu.

Instructors Train at Pentagon

Chicago, Illinois—In September 2009, Raven Chief instructor Fernan Vargas and Raven Instructor Tom Howanic visited Arlington, Virginia. There, they taught the training staff of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA). Instructors Vargas and Howanic demonstrated the Saber Method Edged Weapons Defense Program for members of the PFPA at the Combatives Conference. Kimm’s Institute of Self-Defense

New School Opening

Prairieville, Louisiana—The World Han Mu Do Association is proud to announce the opening of its newest school, Kimm’s Institute of Self-Defense (KISD). The owner and director of the school is Chief Master Donald Kimm. The school is located at 36483 Old Perkins Road, Suite C, Prairieville, Louisiana. The World Han Mu Do Association would like to congratulate Master Kimm and wishes him the best success. 22 January 2010 / taekwondotimes.com

8th Master Zubairi TKD Cup in Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan—The 8th Master Zubairi Taekwondo Cup 2009 was held in May 2009 at P.E.C.H.S. Karachi Cadet School hall under the auspices of Pakistan Taekwondo Council. The event is officially sponsored and approved from Zubairi Martial Arts and Sports Federation-International. The championship is sanctioned from World Organizer of Martial ArtsUSA and Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association-South Korea. More than 600 boys and girls participated in the two-day event under the rules and regulations of the World Taekwondo Federation-Korea of Kyrogi, Poomsae and Kyuk-Pa. M. Shoaib was declared the best male player of the event while Ayesha was declared best among the females. For full results, visit taekwondotimes.com. 5th Korea Ambassador Cup in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt—In October 2009, the 5th Annual Korea Ambassador Cup Championship was held in Cairo, Egypt. Over a thousand TKD players from 50 clubs participated in the championship, which was broadcast internationally on Egypt’s Nile TV Channel. The demonstration team from South Korea also performed at the championship, which built ties between the nations of Egypt and South Korea. The Arnold Games

Brooklyn, New York—The Arnold Games were held at the Great Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, Ohio (where Arnold Schwarzenegger won his first Mr. Olympia in 1968) in March 2009. 80,000 spectators visited the Fitness International Arnold Expo that included 11,000 athletes from 65 countries and 600 booths for the biggest sports companies. The event offered athletes the chance to compete in martial arts, attracting 3500 competitors, 2500 cheerleaders and 2500 gymnasts. The martial arts opening ceremonies had Arnold Schwarzenegger in attendance delivering a short thanks to all the spectators and athletes, encouraging everyone to stay healthy and keep the spirit alive. He introduced Grandmaster Joon P Choi, General Chairman of Arnold Martial Arts Games/Battle of Columbus and Asian Culture Fair. Many seminars were given by martial artists such as : Kathy Long, (five-time world Kickboxing champion), Fumio Dehura, Eric Lee, Bill Wallace, Michael de Pasquale, Jr., Grandmaster Joon P Choi, and Stephen Hayes. To read more about the event, go to taekwondotimes.com.

GOOD DEEDS Gift Boxes for Military

Wesson, Mississippi—The Co-Lin Martial Arts Club recently packed 52 gift boxes to be sent to military personnel overseas. Along with the boxes, the Co-Lin Martial Arts Club at Copiah-Lincoln Community College sends their thanks and support.

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After starting martial arts so many years ago, I was totally hooked. I decided that by hook or by crook I would relocate to Asia and master as much as humanly possible. Likely, I was among the thousands who had that same goal. Fortunately for me, it came true in late July of 2000. I finished my International Business program at my college and took the first job I could get; a teaching job at a Korean school called Hwarang, coincidentally. Just 90 minutes after unpacking my bags in my new apartment, I went on the hunt for my first Kwan-jang-nim. That was over nine years ago and I’m still here in South Korea. Now I teach English Tae Kwon Do classes, write for magazines and run my own business, Kisa-Do (The Knights’ Way) Martial Arts & Marketing. It has been a bumpy road to get here and the path ahead looks even more treacherous at times. However, I wouldn’t change a thing, even if I could. One thing that bemused me was how little real practical advice there was for foreign martial artists to find an instructor, sustainable employment, or even just survive in an Asian culture. All I had to go by was a copy of Mark Saltzman’s Iron and Silk (and that was based in China). Needless to say, I wished there were some helpful guidelines for how to adjust to life overseas. Living overseas as a martial artist is a totally different experience than just as a recent graduate looking to teach English while trying to find him or herself. There are more challenges, expenses and difficulties that must be overcome than you might believe. The biggest challenge to be faced is to sift through the plethora of martial art schools and find the right one for you. The number of dojangs in this country is ridiculous. Sadly, that also means there are a lot more bad than good.

The martial arts have become a fast food style of business in Asia. To find the right style, association and master takes research and patience. Likely, you’ll be disappointed a few times as well. That’s where this column comes in. The quality of the columns I’ve read in this magazine have been top rate for sure, but they haven’t covered the issues of the traveling mu-sool-in (martial artist) community. In the columns that follow this one, I will offer advice from myself and others that have lived, worked and trained in different parts of Asia, especially South Korea. I will also inform you of various associations and upcoming events. A different twist is that I will also warn you of the groups to avoid. Lastly, I will supply you with information on some of the really great masters that other foreigners and myself, have been blessed to meet. This column is for the traveling martial artist as I stated, so I definitely want your feedback and especially any questions or issues you want explored in TKD Times.

The Knights’ Way

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Guy Edward Larke sabumnim has dedicated his life from a young age to the pursuit of the martial arts, Asian culture and hopology. It led him to Korea in 2000 and he has lived there ever since. He lives in Daejeon city with his wife Gi-Ryung and son Alexander. He holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Taekkyon, Bon Kuk Kumdo, Korean kickboxing, Karate-do, Wushu, Cheonji-muye-do, and Hosin-sul. Currently, he teaches Taeglish (English Tae Kwon Do) full time in addition to writing for various magazines and running Kisa-Do Muye & Marketing. He can be contacted at kisa_do_muye@yahoo.com.

By Guy Edward Larke

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Testing for Black Belt

(L-R) GM Ho Yung Chung, Elizabeth Sweet, and Master Sean Sweet

By Elizabeth Sweet When I first began my journey, I couldn’t imagine there would come a day that I would be testing for a black belt. Without the encouragement of my husband, Master Sean Sweet, I would not have ever tried any of this. He is not only my husband and best friend, but he is an amazing instructor who teaches from his heart. In 2006, we opened our school, True Balance Martial Arts Academy in Sterling Heights, Michigan. That is when I first began to train. I simply strapped a white belt around my waist and promised myself that I would take it day by day. In my mind, if I made it to black belt, it would be a miracle! The color of my belt never mattered much to me at the time, and in some sense, it still doesn’t. What does matter to me at this point, however, is what earning a black belt represents. It’s about having indomitable spirit and a strong will to challenge yourself. What I wanted most out of this experience was inner strength and a greater sense of faith in myself. The changes I have undergone have been barely noticeable from day to day. However, what I have gained in return for coming to class faithfully each week is much more precious than I could have ever imagined. Testing day: Elizabeth is preparing for her break.

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There are two main things that have driven me to push forward on this journey. The first is that I learned what it truly means to have indomitable spirit. I used to give up easily. If things didn’t work out for me immediately, I used to become discouraged, convincing myself that I would fail. Since I began training, I have learned to never give up. I am learning that even if I get knocked down 1000 times, I need to dust myself off and get up again, no matter how hard it is. I am realizing that having doubt is a very destructive thing; even just an inkling of it is too much. When the odds aren’t in my favor or when the cards are stacked

against me, that is when it is most important to believe without doubt. It’s easy to believe when things are going well. And as my Uncle Tom always says, “What merit is there in doing anything that’s easy?” Having indomitable spirit means moving past weaknesses. Honestly, I cannot recall a single day of training that I didn’t leave the class feeling better, mentally and physically. I have tried to apply these valuable lessons to each part of my life. Coupled with the unwavering faith that I have in God, miracles are continuing to happen. The second reason I continued to train in TKD was to conquer my fears. I was actually very afraid of becoming involved in the martial arts. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I was always afraid I’d get hurt—and still am. However, I know in my heart that if I am constantly worrying about what might happen, I will never conquer any of my fears. Each day that I train is another day that I faced something that was difficult for me, which makes me stronger. Facing these fears on the training floor transcends into my everyday life in the same way— it proves to me that with faith in God and in myself, I can do all things. In closing, I’d like to say that while I am terrified to test for my black belt, I am going to walk onto the floor and try my best. I thought about waiting but then forced myself to ask why I was considering that avenue. The truth is that the only reason I would consider waiting is because of the fear that I will fail or get hurt or embarrass myself in front of the intent eyes staring at my every move. So I’ll stop thinking that way, because as I said earlier, for me, it’s about facing all of my fears and not taking the easy way out. It’s about the indomitable spirit that conquers above the negative thoughts that creep into my mind when I think about not testing. If I lose my step along the way, at least I faced my fears head on. I have a long way to go from here, but I am better off for having strapped on a white belt long ago.

The Peace of TKD By Emmie Myers Tae Kwon Do is trying to bring the world peace. As martial artists, we have begun to set the world on a path of a peaceful unification. We will probably not reach this goal in our lifetime, but in future generations. No matter what a person’s skin color, religion, and no matter what their nationality is, we all seek and share one ideal goal. Peace. This goal can only be achieved once we have found peace and recognition within ourselves. The art tends to invest this goal in its practitioners. TKD is a way of helping shape an individual into a caring and wellrounded person. Where the individual can pass on the principles about TKD and life, that he or she has learned during their TKD training through methods of teaching and personal actions. TKD is a harmonious combination of art and sport. A person must develop their foundation and understand the main beliefs, history and purpose for TKD, beEmmie with instructor Forrest Gibson

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fore it can be applied in a physical sport form. It is one of the most honest ways for a person to express and enjoy him or herself. It continually strives to develop stronger character, pure personalities and positive ethical traits in each person. Peace all starts with one person at a time. During Christmas 2005, my parents gave Emmie at her test, reading her essay. me the gift of a lifetime. Better than a $100 gift card, that would more than likely be spent only on a few tanks of gas, better than a complete set season of Sex and the City, and the better than name brand clothing, that would eventually go out of style. The gift was TKD’s 50th Anniversary Tour, where we would spend three amazing days in China and two unforgettable days in North Korea. This trip was a once in a lifetime event. No matter what your organization, style or political beliefs were, it was the golden anniversary celebration of TKD. The simple picture frame that spelled the word TRAVEL, would represent the gift that my parents knew would touch my heart forever. Visiting North Korea was an eye opening experience. The trip was a whole new different and bizarre world to me. I was 15 years old at the time. Everyone thought my parents were crazy for letting me go on this adventure. I +1 January 2010 / taekwondotimes.com

was the youngest one, without my parents, going to one of the most known countries for communism. Both my parents had faith in Grandmaster Jung, and knew God already had a plan for what was to happen. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I still find amazing as to how I became so lucky to experience. Someday in my future, I hope to be able to visit again. The only way I feel that this will occur is through TKD and how it applies its ultimate goal of peace from person to person, family to family, community to community, and nation to nation. (L-R) Bill Myers, Dallas Zimmerman, Emmie Myers, Billie Myers and Grandmaster Jung

I grew up with the concept of respect for everyone. To treat someone how you would want to be treated. TKD and its morals helped form me into the person I am today. Being in this martial art has not made me a more aggressive person. I don’t go looking for fights—I haven’t kicked anyone’s butt at a rock concert. I constantly find myself telling my friends its not all just about kicking and punching. Studying TKD has never been about my being able to beat up someone. Black belts do not wear the Gap or Abercrombie & Fitch labels on them. Nor can they be bought like any of the other millions of accessories that I have. A black belt is earned with time, sweat, faith and pain. Martial arts should be a way of life. Not a job, not just a hobby, nor just as a competitive sport, but a pure part of you and the way you live your life. I’m 20 years old and have been in TKD for over half my life. I train at a Jung’s Tae Kwon Do branch school called English Valleys in North English, Iowa, under Dallas Zimmerman. Amazing how time flew by. The past 11 years were not free from

My Students Saved My Life By Larry Shealy

hard work, pain, discipline and injuries, asking myself what is all this for? Am I really just getting another piece of fabric—just another belt to hang in my jammed-packed closet? No, this is my dignity, pride, respect, and strength. This is a black belt, and part of how I define myself.

If you think you are having a bad day, get this: I dropped dead on June 17, 2009! I was dead for five minutes after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, but am alive today to write about it. I encourage you to read this entire article, because it could also happen to you! The last thing I thought I would ever be affected by would be an irregular heartbeat that could threaten or possibly even end my life. I thought that being a “young” 52 years of age, with a non-drinking, non-smoking, physically active lifestyle, that I was shielded from such a traumatic, possibly fatal event. I was wrong, dead wrong! Before I get too far into this life-changing event, please allow me to give you a brief snapshot of my life. I grew up in Neptune Beach, Florida, and have always been involved in a variety of sports: football, baseball, running, weightlifting, martial arts, etc. I continued this active lifestyle into college and


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throughout my adult life. My first career was in medical device sales, sales training and sales management. The companies that I worked for were primarily Fortune 500 companies that concentrated their sales efforts in the operating room and cardiac catheterization lab. However, one company was a small, upstart company that I worked with towards the end of my career. They were on the leading edge of developing Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). I traveled the country as their Director of Medical Sales, as we were attempting to attain a presence in the home market with these potential life saving devices. Ironically, it was during this time that I became interested in the early Ultimate Fighting Championships, now known as the UFC. With a black belt in TKD through the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), my interest increased in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) by watching Royce Gracie dominate his opponents in these early events. I researched and began training at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California, while on my many trips to the west coast. My travels afforded me the opportunity to begin training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After many years of training, I am now a Black Belt Instructor under the legendary Carlos Gracie, Jr. I own and operate the Gracie-Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Neptune Beach. I am also the Founder of Kid-Jitsu®. In Kid-Jitsu®, we certify traditional martial arts instructors to teach a safe, technically proficient, fundamentally sound BJJ curriculum for kids: KidJitsu®. We are currently licensed in over 150 schools in the U.S. and Europe. When I retired from medical device sales and opened my school, I purchased a Philips AED, and had the instructors CPR/AED trained. I knew from my medical device

Professor Shealy with I.T.A. Master Marv Conway at a Kid-Jitsu Seminar in Katy, Texas.

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Professor Shealy with his Kid-Jitsu Partner, Professor Charles Dos Anjos, presenting a guard pass to a Kid-Jitsu Instructor’s Certification Class.

days that 325,000 people per year drop dead from sudden cardiac arrest. I certainly didn’t want any of my students to be one of them. Little did I know that my relatively small investment would eventually save my own life! On June 17, 2009, I was teaching and training in one of my classes. As usual, at the end of class I was sparring with some of the students. I was getting tired like everyone else, but felt just fine during the last round of sparring. I was in good position and was moving to the mount position. The next thing I remember, I was lying face up in an ambulance, speeding to the emergency room. I was told that I was “dead” for almost five minutes. When I went down, my quick thinking instructors began administering CPR. They applied the AED pads, and let the AED do the work it was designed for. The device monitored my heartbeat and determined that I was in ventricular fibrillation, and shocked me back to a normal sinus rhythm; my heart began beating normally again. A cardiac catheterization was performed the next morning and I was diagnosed with a congenital defect in the anatomy of my heart. This defect from birth could cause an arrhythmia, that in this case, would have been fatal had the AED not been available. I was told that this event was similar to what happens to the marathon runner who drops dead while running. It makes no sense on the surface, but it can happen to anyone. Thanks to the grace of God, my fast acting instructors and the Philips AED, I am alive today, enjoying my family and growing my businesses. I’ve also been given a full medical release and am teaching and training BJJ full-time again! I am not one to offer unsolicited advice, but speaking from experience, I highly recommend all martial arts school owners to have an AED on-site. Life is precious, and the life you save, may be your own! For more information on Kid-Jitsu and Master Shealy, visit kid-jitsu.net or jaxbjj.com.

Stretch Yourself

&%%% BdkZbZcih [dg =ZVa i]n ?d^cih 1000 Movements for Healthy Joints My previous column was about treating worn-out joints. This one is about preventing such trouble by keeping joints healthy with exercise. For this I will acquaint you with a complex of exercises called 1000 Movements. It was designed by Nikolay Mikhaylovich Amosov (1913-2002), professor, academician, surgeon, and head of Kiev’s Cardiac Surgery Institute.

Professor Amosov’s 1000 Movements When Professor Amosov was 40 years old, he began experiencing back pains. To fight these pains, in 1954 he devised a complex of ten calisthenic exercises. The complex consists of simple exercises that do not require either equipment or much space. At the beginning, Professor Amosov performed ten repetitions of each exercise, but his back pain persisted. So, he kept gradually increasing the number of repetitions of each exercise and when each was done for 100 reps, the back pain was gone. It took him up to 25 minutes to perform the whole complex of 1000 movements. In 1972, he added one to three kilometers (km) of jogging. These exercises, together with demands of his work as a heart surgeon, kept him in a great shape. His resting heart rate was down to 50 bpm. Unfortunately, he developed a dysfunction of the heart’s natural pacemaker (he had heart problems since his youth). In 1985, the dysfunction progressed and he had to limit his physical activity to slow calisthenics and walking. For a few months he resisted implanting a pacemaker—he felt well, but eventually came headaches and high blood pressure. So, he had the pacemaker implanted. Two weeks after the surgery, he was back to his old activity program, with highpace calisthenics, jogging, performing surgeries and leading the Institute. At the end of 1992, at age 79, he ceased to perform surgeries. In 1993, he had a new pacemaker implanted, with two heart rate settings: 70 bpm for rest and 130 bpm for exercise. The Movements There are only ten exercises in the whole complex. Professor Amosov stated that for

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young people, up to the age of 30, whose joints function well, it should be enough do only 20 repetitions of each exercise. When joint aches appear around age 40, the number of repetitions should be increased to 50 or even 100. When a joint hurts, it should be exercised more: 200-300 repetitions. To physicians’ objections that this is too much, the professor responded that the numbers of repetitions are needed to compensate for the unnaturally immobile lifestyle of most workers. Professor Amosov advised to begin with 20 or even only ten repetitions and add one repetition every two days. For healthy people less than 30 years old, reaching the full 1000 movements should take ten weeks, for those over 30 but under 50—15 weeks, and for those over 50—20 weeks. The effort is excessive if the heart rate raises to more than double of the exerciser’s resting rate. At age 77, professor’s daily exercises consisted of 1000 movements in the morning, jogging 20-25 minutes, and 1000 movements in the evening. Since 1954, the complex changed very little—some exercises were replaced by more effective ones, but the total number of exercises, the recommended number of repetitions, and the time of performing the complex stayed the same. Here is the 2002 version of the complex:

1. Knees to Head: Lying supine, arms hold on to something stable. Lift legs to bring knees to the head. 2. Standing Toe-Touch: Standing, reach up with both arms and then bend forward to touch the ground with fingertips, or better yet, with palms of your hands. Head leans forward and backward together with trunk movements. 3. Arm Circles: Standing, do arm circles in the saggital plane with maximal range of motion. 4. Side Bends: Standing, arms along your sides, bend to alternate sides. Hands slide along your sides—one down and the other up. 5. Touch Behind Shoulders: Standing, raise arms to shoulder height and throw them behind your back so to touch each palm to the opposite shoulder blade. Head nods forward at the instance of touching. 6. Trunk Twists: Standing, twist trunk alternately to each side, at your maximal range of motion. Hands at chest height, fingers interlaced, arms move together with the trunk, helping to increase the range of motion. Head turns together with the trunk. 7. Knee Raises: Standing, alternately lift each bent leg, so to bring its knee up to the abdomen. 8. Push-ups: Lying prone, place hands at shoulder level, stiffen the trunk, hips and legs to move as a unit

By Thomas Kurz

and push up with your arms. If too weak to support yourself on hands and toes, put your knees on the ground and do the pushups on hands and knees. 9. Back Bends: Sit on a chair or on a balance ball, feet hooked under something stable. Bend back, like a back bridge, and then forward, like a situp. Head nods backward and forward together with movements of the trunk. 10. Squats: Standing, hold back of a chair and do deep squats. Eventually each exercise should be done at a fast pace for 100 repetitions. The whole complex of 1000 movements should take 25 minutes. After these calisthenics, Professor recommended a two to three km jog or walk. Athletic people may increase the exercise load by doing 1500 repetitions, of which 500 can be done with weights, say dumbbells, up to 5 kg (11 lb.). Professor Amosov warns that for joints’ health, the added resistance cannot make up for the lower number of repetitions. So repetitions with weights have to be done in addition to the 1000 repetitions without, not instead of them. If doing these exercises with weights, instead of exercise five, do Elbow Pull-Backs: Standing, arms bent at the chest level, forearms crossed, elbows out, move arms back (in a horizontal plane) to put elbows as far as possible behind your back. Thomas Kurz is an athlete, a physical education teacher, and a Judo instructor and coach. He studied at the University School of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland (Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego). He is the author of Stretching Scientifically, Science of Sports Training: How to Plan and Control Training for Peak Performance, Secrets of Stretching, and Basic Instincts of Self-Defense. He also writes articles for Stadion News, a quarterly newsletter that is available from Stadion Publishing (stadion.com or stretching.info). For self-defense tips visit self-defense. info. If you have any questions on training you can post them at Stadion’s Sports and Martial Arts Training Discussion at stadion.com/phpBB2.

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r e b TKDT School of the Month cem e D Farrell’s USMA Farrell’s U.S. Martial Arts (USMA) in Des Moines, Iowa, believes that Tae Kwon Do has the ability to help anyone reach his/her potential. They teach a truly traditional style of Tae Kwon Do, masterfully interwoven with practical techniques that offer matchless skill, physical fitness and discipline to today’s student. Through a student’s course of study, they develop confidence, physical fitness, self-defense capabilities, leadership ability and many other important qualities. Classes are structured to be fun and exciting as well as informative and physically demanding. Through a variety of instructions and teaching styles, Farrell’s keeps its 263 active students interested, motivated and progressing toward his/her goal—black belt! The benefits of martial arts are so plentiful; anyone can experience them,

regardless of age. The only requirement is the student’s desire to reach their potential. Whether students are five or seventy-five, Farrell’s provides a fun and exciting classroom atmosphere that is guaranteed to help them with essential life skills in order to reach their goals. At its various locations throughout the Des Moines area, Farrell’s strives to build a strong foundation to challenge its students in different ways. The instructors at Farrell’s strongly believe that Tae Kwon Do has the ability to inspire all of its students to live with power and purpose. Since founded in 2001 by Lance Farrell, Farrell’s USMA has continued to grow in students, instructors, and various programs catered to anyone, regardless of age, with the desire to better themselves.

AIM HIGH graduation

Above : Evonn Dorr, diamond block Right: Farrell’s black belt class

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AIM HIGH white belt presentation

Will Ecklund and Instructor Brandon Miller

Will Ecklund, first belt promotion

Evonn Dorr, sparring stance

GM Yong Chin Pak and Zach Miner

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TKDT School of the Month Woodland Hills Martial Arts Center Upon the opening of the Woodland Hills Martial Arts Center in Woodland Hills, California, in April 1990, Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker, founder of American Kenpo, personally presented Mr. Mohamad Tabatabai with the I.K.K.A. lifetime membership plaque and gave Mohamad and the school his blessing. For the nearly 20 years following, the Woodland Hills Martial Arts Center has helped Southern California students reach their highest potential through martial arts.

Mr. Tabatabai holds the rank of ninth-degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate and still personally teaches most of the classes. However, the center’s curriculum not only includes American Kenpo Karate, but Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and even hosts monthly reality-based self-defense seminars. Its goal is to instill greater confidence in its students. With confidence comes inner strength, flexibility, respect and happiness. For more information please visit woodlandhillskenpo.com.

GM Tabatabai leads the advanced students in weapons forms practice Above: GM Tabatabai and Mr. Roncoli run the kids class through kata practice. Kata is a part of every class session.

Right: A traditional American Kenpo meditation pose. Every class begins and ends with meditation.

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The class sits and watches a kata demonstration.

Warming up with some kicks

Mr. Roncoli holds the heavy bag for kicking practice.

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6 8dbb^ ibZci id <Zi i^c\ I]ZgZ Commitment apparently encompasses a very broad spectrum. I am thrilled when new students enroll and express their determination to earn a black belt. Parents are equally enthusiastic and supportive because they have done their homework and understand the positive character traits associated in earning a black belt. Their child is well on their way to achieving success. So it always surprises me when parents need to have a conference with me. Let’s go in my office. Mr. and Mrs. Enthusiastic and Supportive want to know how to cancel their son’s membership. I mention that he recently tested and attached his improved grades on his school report card. “Yes, he is doing better in school, much more focused,” Mom says. He had an outstanding home report card recommending him for his last promotion that was written by his aunt. “Definitely more respectful of his elders and more tolerant with his younger sister,” says Dad. I glance out my office window and see their son in class, grinning from ear to ear, kihapping his little heart out and trying to outkick the boys in class. I’m confused, looks like he is having a great time. “Sure, once he gets here he loves it,” both parents agree. The trouble is all the moaning, groaning and complaining when it is time to get ready to go to class. Despite the incredible improvements and benefits, the parents are tired of the hassle and want to give it all up. Getting there is just too hard, and just like that, commitment down the drain. When I lived in Korea to train with the Korean Tigers, our training schedule varied upon the time of year. During the summer and winter school breaks—around 2.5 months each, we could train all day preparing for a six week performing tour at the end of the break. When school was in session, the members attended the university during the day, trained about two hours together in the evening and usually all day Saturday. Since I was not a college student, I needed to find something else to do during the day. I also needed all the extra training I could get just to keep up with the team. I trained privately with my Tae Kwon Do master and in group Kung Fu classes Monday through Friday. But it was painfully obvious from the Tigers’ training “games” that I needed to work on my endurance. One of the games involved training outdoors. We were all instructed to find a stick. We then lined up single file with the stick positioned toward the back of the person in front of us. Talk about motivation (or get a stick in your kidney) to run fast through the wooded trail. Another fun game involved the indoor running track. Everyone got a focus paddle. I was too smart for their games; I positioned myself at the end of the line this time. This game involved catching up with the person in front of you and smacking them as hard as you could on their rear end (and then laughing hysterically). I was the last in line, but unfortunately the track was in a circle and the first runners soon caught up to me. Not to mention I had a bigger target area. Oh, the fun we had. My coach knew the perfect way to build up my endurance. I had a few hours every day in the early morning and he brought me to the mountain at the edge of town. Looking up I saw stone steps as far as my eyes could focus. Bang! and he was off like a shot running up the stairs. “Bali-bali, Hurry up!” he yelled behind. The stone risers were at an unnatural height. Too short for regular steps, too tall to take them two at a time, but the perfect height to make your thigh muscles burn at maximum capacity. It started off quite chilly, but soon I was sweating profusely and trying to strip down while trying to keep up, or at least keep my coach’s heels in sight. Gloves off, windbreaker off, long sleeve t-shirt off, trying to tie everything around my waist as I contin-

ued upward. Every time I thought I saw an end to the steps ahead, the angle changed and more steps emerged into sight. I used all my mind tricks, saying my ABCs with each step, counting in English, counting in Korean, Pig-Latin. Finally, I cried out to stop. I think I may have really been crying. My gloves had become my tissue by this point. Having some sort of compassion, my coach replied, “There is a drinking fountain just ahead.” Water? Okay, maybe I had a few more steps in me. The water fountain consisted of a natural spring dripping down the rocks with a ladle attached to a string. Under normal circumstances I would never drink water running off rocks or touch a community drinking ladle. But that water was deeelicious! I’ll just take the necessary medications later. Bang, and he is off again. Sloshing, but a little invigorated, I followed. I was quite sure I could see a true end to the steps ahead. I tired more quickly this time. My ears are no longer popping, I think they are bleeding. Finally we reach the end of the steps. There is a stone statue of some guy and I’m happy just to be on flat ground. Maybe I’ll take a little rest before going back down. “Ah-jick, not yet!” I hear. Just beyond the plateau, there are more steps, this time made of wood. I pretend like I am fascinated by the statue and must read the inscription. He sees through my stall for time and I am ordered to move it. These steps are not of the unnatural height as before, but a variety of unnatural heights. Some just shallow enough to trip you, some requiring that you pull yourself up from tree roots sticking out of the ground. I wish my gloves were not all soggy, they would have come in handy. I can’t remember the real name of the mountain, but I had renamed it Torture Mountain. I had come up with few other names for my coach as well. I look up and see my coach standing still, facing me at the TOP. I was going to make it after all. As I near the top, feeling like I have conquered new territory, I look around confused. We are not alone, there are many people already up here. In fact, there is an entire outdoor gym. People are doing sit-ups on a bench over there, there’s a pull-up station over there, doing lunges off different size tree stumps over there. My coach starts explaining my workout routine for the day. My head is still spinning. Everything I had just been through was just the “getting there.” The next time you think it is too hard to get into your heated or air-conditioned car and drive to the gym to work toward your commitment of earning your black belt, be thankful your dojang is not located atop Torture Mountain.

Master Rondy is a sixth-degree black belt in WTF Taekwondo, a fourth-degree in Hapkido and a second-degree 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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4ODAY Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi first graced the cover of Tae Kwon Do Times in July 1986, with the article “Revolution or Evolution?” His system Kwang Duk Kwan was the forerunner to today’s Choi Kwang Do. For nine years, starting in 1978, Grandmaster Choi studied, consulted, and trained, and after exhausted research, Choi Kwang Do was born. The art was introduced on March 2, 1987 from CKD headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Differences in CKD from other arts include the abandonment of tournaments, free sparring, board breaking and competition. The only competition in CKD is within the practitioner, challenging one’s self to be the very best. Long gone are the traditional methods of partner stretching, knuckle pushups, forearm conditioning exercises and the myth that hard physical training was the only and best way to become proficient in martial arts. In essence, activities and practices that are detrimental to one’s mental, physical and spiritual well being have been eradicated. Why? Because “Choi Kwang Do is not scripture,” states its founder, Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi. As science and technology advances, so must martial art techniques, training practices and teaching methodologies; Choi Kwang Do is an evolving martial art.

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So the question is: “What makes Choi Kwang Do so different from other styles that are available today?” The answer is S.I.M.P.L.E© or Special Integrated Movements Promotes Learning Efficiency. This is a concept unique to CKD. Simply put, the techniques found in CKD are designed to “switch on” both hemispheres of the brain at the same time. These movements are known as integrated movements which facilitate whole brain learning. Whole brain learning occurs when the brain is functioning at its best and promotes learning efficiency. In contrast to CKD, the majority of styles tend to perform basic techniques that only work one hemisphere of the brain at a time. These practices over stress the brain and the individual, diminishing learning efficiency. But S.I.M.P.L.E© is only one part of the equation. CKD training not only challenges the brain but simultaneously works the cardiovascular system. This method of training releases a series of neurochemicals, known as neurotransmitters and neurotrophins, which bolsters existing connections while creating new connections in the brain; all of which can be directly related to enhancing an individual’s holistic well being, academic performance and character. Currently in the United Kingdom, Master Keith Banfield of Wembley Choi Kwang Do is conducting a six month study: “How Exercise (Choi Kwang Do) Can Boost Academic Performance and Develop Character.” Overseeing and guiding this research is Professor John Ratey, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of several books including Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Choi Kwang Do has introduced a training method known as P.A.C.E. or Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion. This method fits perfectly into CKD’s current methods of Speed Drill and Equipment Drill training. P.A.C.E training allows you to burn fat in an extremely efficient manner while boosting your health and reserve capacity. Reserve capacity is the biological process which your heart and lungs use to deal with stress. Your heart’s reserve capacity allows you to cope with stress in a more efficient manner by allowing it to pump blood faster to the parts of the body which need it. Conversely, your reserve capacity for your lungs allows them to deal with situations that require a high exertion of energy, such as lifting a heavy object, punching or kicking a heavy bag or running up the stairs. One should think of reserve capacity as a ‘good health credit,’ without which you are more susceptible to heart attack and serious illness.

Competition in CKD is downplayed, especially for young children. When a child loses in competition, it’s easy for them to feel they have lost in life. Since the child is still forming their sense of self, this is negative and detrimental. At Choi KwangDo, children learn that they really can achieve their goals! Even in school, children are competing against each other for high grades and praise, with much of the school curriculum teaching abstract analytical skills and facts. Learning comes not only from the brain but also from interactions with other people. Choi Kwang Do does not have competitions, but instead has adopted a Choi Kwang Do festival. The CKD Festival was organized so students from different CKD schools worldwide can meet, train, exchange ideas, and in the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie, enjoy martial arts fellowship. Another area CKD has proven successful in is reducing some of the effects of aging. As people age, their physical capabilities decrease, in fact, starting at age 25 the body degenerates approximately one percent per year. This obviously is not good for our self-esteem or our endurance. At the age of 60, heart and lung capabilities are usually 40 percent lower than they were in our early 20s. About 20 percent of muscle composition is also lost. Speed, flexibility and balance all decrease, making it easy to fall and become injured. The good news is, studies have shown that after three to four months of regular, low to moderate exercise, the body’s metabolic rate can increase by ten to fifteen percent, even in people over 60, giving them the metabolic rate of a person ten years younger. Muscle composition and overall physical ability can also increase by ten to fifteen percent. The human body has many complex systems that work together to generate life, and as we age, we need to keep these systems active by exercising so we can live longer. Because CKD’s concept is based on each individual’s physical condition, ability and skill level, people can train regardless of age, physical limitations or disabilities. CKD is a goal-oriented program that helps the practitioner achieve increased mobility, better physical and mental health, and greater levels of dignity and pride. Psychologically and emotionally, achieving goals can be much more pleasurable and satisfying than training without a purpose. No matter your age, it’s never too late for your body to respond to CKD training. World champions and seasoned martial art instructors alike are taking note of the benefits Choi Kwang Do has to offer. Master instructors

from South and Central America have traveled to the International CKD headquarters to train with the art’s founder, Grandmaster Choi, and introduce Choi Kwang Do to their respective countries. In one instance, 19 Tae Kwon Do schools converted to Choi Kwang Do from Peru. After training with Grandmaster Choi, master instructors from Eastern Europe, Moldova and Russia, have also joined in the CKD martial arts revolution. Because of the popularity and rapid growth of Choi Kwang Do, the CKD organization has begun ramping up to provide affiliate schools with not only solid martial arts curriculum, but also proven marketing and school management support with a new division for member schools called, “The CKD Business Mentorship Program.” The program will provide access to well known martial arts business consultants such as Master Rick Bell. In April 2010, Grandmaster Kwang Choi will travel to Puerto Rico for the first time to conduct a Choi Kwang Do seminar for the people of Puerto Rico. He will also conduct seminars in Moscow, Russia, and Kishinev, Moldova, in May. Grandmaster Choi’s dream of introducing Choi Kwang Do to Korea, his birth place, has become a reality. For ten days on October 10, 2010 (10-10-10) Choi Kwang Do enthusiatists from all over the world will gather in South Korea to celebrate 23 years of martial arts excellence. The celebration and festival includes Choi Kwang Do International seminar, instructor training, demonstrations, dinner banquet, and sight-seeing. As time passes by, Choi Kwang Do will undoubtedly continue to evolve. Who knows what you may be reading in the next 30 years in Tae Kwon Do Times!

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When TKD Times hit newsstands 30 years ago, who would have envisioned the impact that MMA would have on, not just TKD, but all martial arts being practiced in the U.S.? Today, a majority of kids and adults first see martial arts via an MMA related event and then seek out instructors that can teach the skills they want to learn. The 21st Century has ushered in a new awakening of interest in MMA. By the year 2000, the sport of MMA had found sanctioning organizations in several states ready to license promoters and fighters. But it was not until the 2005 paring of a new cable station called Spike TV and a new reality show called The Ultimate Fighter that MMA became the fastest growing spectator combat sport in the nation. In this first decade alone we have seen Spike TV grow as a major organization because of MMA. When the new Versus sports channel was launched in 2007, they introduced MMA as a featured event. By 2009, Versus has grown in sponsorship to the extent that it could now dictate new contract pricing largely because of the popularity of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) MMA events. It appears that we will see MMA grow even more in the next decade. So who were the top fighters of the recent decade? Frank Shamrock was easily the top attraction in MMA toward the turn of the century. Skilled in striking, ground fighting and submissions, Frank Shamrock ruled the roost in the light heavyweight division. Submissions and ground fighting at the level that Shamrock displayed certainly have their share of fans, but a large majority of MMA devotees like striking. In April of 2000, Tito Ortiz, billed as the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” showed that strikers could not only win UFC events, they would generate attention not seen since the likes of Royce Gracie. Ortiz held the title for three years until another striker, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, stepped into to the Octagon. Liddell won 16 fights in his multi-year career, with ten fights ending in the knockout. “The Iceman” gained legendary status after defeating the equally legendary Randy “The Natural” Couture, a master grappler. In their three bouts, Liddell bested “The Natural” by two. Couture went on to become the most decorated of all UFC champions, taking home a total of five world titles. In 2005, grappler Matt Hughes showed the world that he would be a force to be reckoned with in MMA. In a match with Frank Trigg, Hughes survived a strike that knocked him to the floor followed by a rear naked choke. Instead of submitting, Hughes survived the choke and managed to submit Trigg. With 16 wins, including a catch-weight match with Royce Gracie in which Hughes demonstrated complete control before the referee stopped the fight, Hughes tied with Liddell for most wins. In 2009, Hughes bested arch nemesis Matt Serra in a grudge match that took Hughes win record to 17. The big event of 2005 was played out in the final rounds of The Ultimate Fighter. The light heavyweight finalists for the season were Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. Both fighters provided non-stop action for three grueling rounds. The promoters, including Dana White, were so impressed they offered both men contracts to fight in the UFC. By 2006, “The Prodigy” BJ Penn from Hawaii and Canadian sensation Georges “Rush” St-Pierre (GSP) had joined the ranks of the top ten MMA superstars. In their first match, “The Prodigy” won. GSP went on to become the world champion in the middleweight division with wins over Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. Brazilian striking master Anderson Silva has logged nine straight wins since entering the Octagon. In his 2009 fight with Forrest Griffin, Anderson Silva seemed to tease his opponent to the point of total frustration before scoring what appeared to be an easy first round knockout. In 2008, we saw the entrance of “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida, a Shotokan Karate master and former training partner to Anderson Silva. Machida has baffled opponents with his unorthodox traditional Karate style. MMA writers and announcers alike are at a loss for words in explaining why this lone exponent of traditional Shotokan Karate seems to keep winning. In 2009, Machida knocked out light heavyweight Ultimate Fighting champion Rashad Evans to win the undisputed UFC title. Interestingly enough, Evans had only recently snatched the title from one-time champion Forrest Griffin, who had that same year, claimed the title via judge’s decision over former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Jackson, a popular and talented champion, had lifted the title from the legendary Chuck Liddell a year earlier in a stunning knockout.

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Frank Shamrock, who retired his title in 1999 to begin an acting career, reentered the MMA events when the cable movie channel Showtime offered him a lucrative contract to headline their Strikeforce events. By 2009, Shamrock had lost his Strikeforce title to the ever popular Cung Lee who, like Shamrock before him, plans to retire from MMA to make movies. Also fighting on Showtime events were the top female fighters Gina Carano and Chris Cyborg. The CBS network television made a brief attempt to ride on the MMA bandwagon by inserting a former Internet street fighter named Kimbo Slice as their heavyweight champion. The audience seemed to play along for three matches until a stand-in opponent “accidentally” knocked out the CBS champion with a simple jab. We should have known CBS had signed a ringer when the first fight ended after an imaginary knockout. Kimbo, who was quite popular in spite of his noticeable lack of preparation, was recently signed to fight on The Ultimate Fighter reality series. At press time, Kimbo had already suffered his first defeat. By 2007, the UFC had elected to extend their weight divisions by creating the now famous WEC made famous on the Versus cable channel. The highly talented Uraijh Faber quickly became the superstar of the WEC with exceptional wins of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. Faber drew attention both for his Hollywood good looks and his ability to dominate his opponents with a variety of standup and ground skills. Faber recently lost his title to Mike Brown but still holds on to the title of crowd favorite. Other top names in MMA during the current decade include former professional wrestler Brock Lessner and former grappling champion Dan Henderson. And at last, American MMA audiences will finally get to see the undisputed heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, who boasts a 30-1 record. Having served in the Russian military and trained in Sambo, the 34-year-old Emelianenko has signed to fight exclusively for Showtime’s Strikeforce MMA events. And there you have it. The top names in MMA for the first decade of the 21st Century. It will be interesting to see the new champions emerge in the next decade. We eagerly await the first TKD fighter that will gain national attention. MMA is very popular in Korea so let’s keep our fingers crossed. Wouldn’t it be great to see a UFC champion and TKD stylist grace the covers of TKD Times?

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I]^gin NZVgh d[ 9dXjbZci^c\ IVZ @ldc 9d Over the past thirty years, the invention and proliferation of the personal computer has sent shock waves through society and the manner in which we conduct our lives on a daily basis. Technologies thought to be invincible for centuries have crumbled in the face of the digital era. Music is no longer committed to tape; communications are seldom conveyed through Bakelite transceivers; recipes have forsaken index cards, and the postal service is rapidly sensing the extinction of snail mail. Upon reflection, any one of us can identify an experience where bits have triumphed over mechanical action. But these conveniences have exacted their cost; gone is the multi-track tape recorder by Ampex, as big and bulky as a washing machine; portable handheld devices have for the most part replaced the Western electric telephone, and one must possess a degree in computer science, rather than a socket wrench, to repair a modern Ford engine. To compound matters further, along with these products have gone the jobs and livelihoods of those who manufactured them. Yet, I quake to think what Dickens, Hemingway or Agatha Christie would have thought had they been provided with the compositional tools available to the literary industry today. Writing, printing, publishing and marketing have undergone a transformation of monumental proportions brought on by the virtual age. Simply having the ability to copy, cut, paste and perform nondestructive edits, all stored on a seemingly endless, paperless medium, has been a windfall to authors. In a recent article published by the New York Times, former publishing executive Joni Evans puts this sea of change into perspective when she refers to the computer as “the atomic bomb that wiped out typewriters as well as typewriter ribbon, Wite-Out, carbon paper, in and out boxes and a serious percentage of stamps, Scotch Tape, stationary, staplers, paper clips, clocks, adding machines and, ultimately, paper itself.” On balance, how have these intrusive innovations affected the publishing industry, at least as we know it, as a whole? All one needs to do is explore the financial landscape of traditionally robust institutions such as the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Times to gain a sense of where the fortunes of these once-predominant giants are headed. The public’s desire to retrieve information along with world and local news, almost before it occurs, has had a stunning effect on print journalism and related retail sales in general. Major book-

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sellers and broadsheets across the nation are tightening their belts in an effort to stave off stagnating sales bolstered by the popularity of Web sites such as CNN, I Universe, and Amazon. Nevertheless, there are those who in times of profound change consciously decide to view challenge as opportunity rather than as the final nails in the coffin of their demise. These entities, at least in the case of the printed word, search for ways to provide their clients with exceptional service, timely, in-depth information and passionate reporting. Subsequently, after thirty years, TaeKwonDo Times stands head and shoulders above all others in advancing these goals within the Tae Kwon Do community. Clearly, in today’s highly competitive, often commercially-abusive environment, it is not uncommon for expediency to trump tradition, compromise to replace integrity. We see this tradeoff every day in regards to governance, health care, and the convoluted mechanizations of greed-ridden financial institutions. But the martial arts, although originally intended as tools of war, have evolved beyond this singular purpose into a method, or Way, of developing indomitable will, a strong body and an enlightened mind. Consequently, TaeKwonDo Times, as a reflection of its mission to unite the world through the martial arts, has for decades become the primary journal of the national, Korean martial art by accurately reporting its triumphs and its defeats alongside its shining moments and its occasional embarrassments. TaeKwonDo Times represents an internationally accepted chronicle that keeps track of advances and accomplishments within its field of interest by equitably balancing the editorial expectations of disparate factions such as the International Taekwondo Federation and the World Taekwondo Federation. Moreover, the publisher and editors of TaeKwonDo Times have answered the needs of their 27,000 subscribers and

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readers by providing featured news segments, columns expressing the diverse viewpoints of their authors, current news items and listings of upcoming events, all for the benefit of those sincerely practicing both the world sport and traditional martial art of Tae Kwon Do. But perhaps most importantly, TaeKwonDo Times, through the good offices of Grandmaster/ CEO Woojin Jung and staff members, has embraced the digital age at the speed of light through the recent creation of their comprehensive Web site at www.taekwondotimes.com. Complete with an up-to-the-minute blog, product reviews, photo gallery, online store and contributions by cybercolumnists such as Erica Linthorst, this destination in the digital community dovetails perfectly with the physicality of the traditional magazine that, for thirty years, has acted as a beacon of knowledge for Tae Kwon Doists worldwide. In spite of the PCs universal onslaught, there is little doubt that TaeKwonDo Times will heartily survive the current tsunami washing over an ailing publishing industry steeped in dated conventions.

For just as Tae Kwon Do is growing exponentially, so will the need for information regarding the nature of its techniques, culture and heritage; and what better venue to publicize these aspects than one that has reported in its pages the maturation of a provincial martial art into an Olympic sport and the transformation of empty-hand weapons of war into a modern martial discipline invoking virtue in those willing to practice it with purpose. As a columnist for TaeKwonDo Times for the past nine years, it has been an honor to be associated with this vital publication. There is much I have learned both as an avid reader and staff writer. It is my sincere hope that TaeKwonDo Times will continue to provide martial artists with articles and information that will enrich the practice of Tae Kwon Doists around the world for decades to come. Happy 30th Anniversary and congratulations to all at TaeKwonDo Times…Kamsahamnida!

Master Doug Cook, a fifth-dan black belt, is head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in Warwick, New York, a senior student of Grandmaster Richard Chun, and author of the best-selling books entitled: Taekwondo…Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, and Traditional Taekwondo…Core Techniques, History and Philosophy, published by YMAA of Boston. His third book, Taekwondo–A Path to Excellence, focusing on the rewards and virtues of Tae Kwon Do, will be released in 2009.He can be reached for discussions or seminars at chosuntkd@yahoo.com or www.chosuntkd.com.

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Long ago before mankind became civilized, family groups banded together for protection and improved chances for sustenance and survival. Huddled around the campfire late at night, stories and experiences were passed along to younger generations so that they might benefit from the knowledge of their forbearers. As societies advanced into permanent settlements, entire communities gathered on “village greens” or in “plazas” to make decisions pertaining to the group as a whole. Through these practices, prior knowledge was passed along to the next generation and young people learned from their elders how to live together. In this manner, strong communities were built which possessed a sense of identity and some sense of heritage; a place from which their knowledge and identity began. Today, how do we pass this knowledge along to our children while keeping up with our busy schedules? Under the leadership of Grandmasters Craig Kollars, Bert Kollars, Art Monroe, and Dr. He-Young Kimm, the International Taekwondo Alliance (ITA) has developed a martial art curriculum that includes more than punching and kicking. It includes the elements that are important to every society, but emphasized in the Korean tradition of community service. In ancient times, martial artists were not merely soldiers or warriors, they were the protectors of the community. They gave of themselves because they had the strength to do so. Their

skills as warriors and their qualities of honor, honesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, courage, strength, humility, and knowledge were invaluable within the general community. Through the ITA and the Ho-Am (Tiger Rock) Taekwondo schools, these time-honored traditions and values are passed on to new generations of TKD practitioners. From July 9 through 16, 2009, the ITA World Championships and Seminar were held in Birmingham, Alabama. While covering the event, Dr. He-Young Kimm approached me and asked me to interview the grandmasters and leading masters of the ITA; most of whom were in attendance for this annual event. I considered this to be an excellent way to acquire a better understanding of the organization. Dr. Kimm immediately introduced me to Grandmaster (GM) Bert Kollars; eighth-dan and one of the three pioneers of the ITA, of which he currently serves as CEO. GM Bert Kollars explained many aspects of the ITA mission and how it was implemented. The overall goal of the ITA is to prepare young people to be community-minded citizens who take responsibility for their own actions and dedicate themselves to serving the community in which they live. “Leadership,” he explained, “requires the courage to put yourself in a responsible position. Not everyone wants to take the responsibility of leadership.” By mentoring young people, Tae Kwon Do

Dr. He-Young Kimm teaching Kwon Bub Bo form to the ITA Masters.

instructors influence them with their dedication to training, their actions toward other people, and decision making skills. GM Kollars also stressed community outreach. “Do not limit your outreach services strictly to those close to you. Get out of your comfort zone and reach out to those in more desperate need.” As I looked at my notes and the topics we were covering, the word “community” emerged from the page. I began to realize that Tae Kwon Do was a vehicle by which traditions were passed along to support the community. Today’s society is interrupted by the hectic race to acquire more material possessions. Every minute appears to be filled with activities, yet it leaves little time for the less tangible qualities necessary for building a successful family or community. Our children no longer hear the stories of traditions or their family histories. Even the evening meals, where all family members once gathered around the dinner table and discussed their daily activities and their plans for tomorrow, are now rare. When a parent brings a child to a TKD school, their immediate wish is to provide the child with an atmosphere of order, structure, and discipline while engaging them in physical activities and concepts of traditions. Self-defense is now seen as only one aspect produced from this training. Modern education can no longer fill this vacancy as they are encouraged to present a view of all world values. In many cases, we have abandoned any set traditions in an effort not to offend all other traditions. This leaves a large gap in the social identity of our

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children. TKD training, and the traditions that it provides, helps to fill this gap. Grandmaster Art Monroe, eighth-dan of New Orleans, Louisiana, maintains that the martial art atmosphere must stress family, community, and social values over kicking and punching. Children learn through the action of others, therefore, if all that they learn is kicking and punching they will be unprepared for confrontations that require decision making, diplomacy, and sometimes compromise. “We must teach them that they are responsible for their actions, and we ask them what they can do to make the world a better place.” This falls in line with an ITA philosophy called “Laws of the Harvest.” To get a good product you must first put in good ingredients. After leaving Grandmaster Monroe, I literally bumped into ninth-dan Grandmaster Craig Kollars, who began his martial art journey in 1969. He was very busy at that moment but promised to set aside time later in the day for me. I did not have to wait long. We soon found a corner away from the competition and engaged in a conversation that made me feel as if we had known each other for years. Opening the conversation, GM Kollars stated that much of his martial art philosophy stemmed from his Midwestern upbringing. Growing up on a farm made him appreciate the things around him and that a community was no better than the efforts put forth to build it and improve upon it. As he stated, “Leave the land better than you find it. In TKD training, you have to cultivate your students, weed out the bad traits and try to instill positive

In front of General Kim, Yushin’s Tomb.

traits. Kids lack the basic fundamentals of society. Why? Parents want their children to have discipline, respect for others, and confidence in themselves. How can we help them acquire these traits?? According to GM Kollars, “By providing students with an understanding of the tenets of Tae Kwon Do, instructors introduce students to a system of values based in traditions that have served mankind nd for centuries. Traditions were established based upon positive results from various positive actions. s.. Many of these traditions are shared by various societies. If you help a neighbor harvest his crops ur or build a barn, he is inclined to help you with your endeavors. Another important quality in teaching g. anything is to have passion for what you are doing. I love Tae Kwon Do more now than when I first n started. And, you must remember that we are all in this together. No success is a singular accomplishment. Without others we would not succeed.” On May 2, 2009, Grandmaster Craig Kollars, Grandmaster Bert Kollars, and Grandmaster Art Monroe were inducted into the United States Grandmaster Honor Society joining other Tae ckk Kwon Do pioneers, such as Henry S. Cho and Jack Hwang. The positive influence of the grandmasters echoes in the words and philosophies of their instructors, masters, and senior masters.

James Bailey, Eighth-Dan Tuscaloosa, Alabama Grandmaster Bailey has been in the Tuscaloosaa area since 1981. He has opened three schools in the area and established a great relationship with the community. “I think those of us who become teachers do so because of a need to make a difference in life and to pass along to the student a sense of service to others. When you think about it, it is all about the student anyway. What greater compliment is there than to have a student exceed your abilities? Student success enhances instructor success. We should start each day asking ‘How can we help a student today?’” “When a prospective student first enters one of our schools, we have to determine the best way to help this person attain their goals. Most of the time, they mention self-defense or getting into shape, but many times their needs have to do with deeper issues; a sense of belonging, self-esteem, lack of life focus, etc. Once we determine how best to supply those needs, the better chance the student has for other successes. Tae Kwon Do is merely the instrument we use to accomplish these goals.”

ITA Mission Statement The Founding Members of the ITA began their TaeKwonDo training in the late 1960s and early 1970s and their professional association in 1977. In 1983, the foundation of what has become the International TaeKwonDo Alliance was formed to pursue a great vision. Today, ITA serves as a TaeKwonDo curriculum, certification/standards, and Events Services Company. The International TaeKwonDo Alliance is built on the solid principles of its tenets: Honor, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Courage, Community, Strength, Humility, and Knowledge. The goal of the ITA is to empower member Instructors and students to enrich their personal, artistic, and professional lives through Ho-Am TaeKwonDo training. While training authentic and highly skilled TaeKwonDo artists, the ITA believes the highest purpose of TaeKwonDo education is to prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship. Ho-Am TaeKwonDo is about real and powerful experiences, resulting in the discovery of innate capabilities and a heightened sense of responsibility. To that end, we encourage our students to use their Martial Arts knowledge to improve our communities through one act of leadership, public service, and mentoring at a time. Grandmaster G randmaster JJoe oe C Calhoun, alhoun, Eighth-Dan E ighth Dan Gulfport, Mississippi “I try to stress to my students that the martial art environment is a constant pursuit of challenges. You learn to face the challenge at hand and then work through the problem to attain your desired goal. Your time of ‘struggle’ is, in fact, a time of building and developing your strength. Regardless of the nature of the challenge, it is our overall goal to be happy. Therefore, you must find the tools to make yourself happy. Youth of today see the results of success, but they don’t see the hard work and years spent to bring about the success. They somehow believe that success just happens. We try to show them how hard work can result in positive outcomes. It takes dedication and practice on a regular basis. We also stress positive interaction with taekwondotimes.com / January 2010


other people. Too many times a person will say ‘I’m sorry’ and then think that will make everything okay. It doesn’t! If you injure someone, the pain doesn’t go away just because you say you are sorry. You must change your mindset by saying, ‘I was wrong. I will change my behavior.’ By making the change, you have admitted your mistake and taken action to avoid a similar mistake in the future. That means being responsible!”

Grandmaster Rick Hall, Eighth-Dan Chattanooga, Tennessee “Over the past 25 years, I have played a role in opening nine ITA schools and taught hundreds of students. When prospective students enter my school they frequently ask about self-defense, but mostly they are looking for something that will boost their self-esteem while helping them keep physically fit. Many of them lack self-confidence and may have been bullied at some point in their lives. Combine these characteristics with the fact that more and more of them lack a male figure in their lives. In that way, I serve as a mentor and role model. Parents want positive activities for their children. I feel that Tae Kwon Do provides that special something and helps create a positive peer group with which to interact. One of my main rules is that all students respect each other. This doesn’t mean that they will always like each other but they should learn to respect all people, even those different from themselves. That is where my student mentoring program comes in. When students teach other students, they learn to be patient, and respectful. Out of habits practiced in the dojang, students carry these habits to other areas of their lives, school and family.”

Marv Conway, Seventh-Dan Houston, Texas “You must maintain an insight into the youthful mind. As you teach Tae Kwon Do, you must

also attempt to connect with your students at different levels. We do various community projects. Frequently, I will take students with me when we have a house to build for Habitat for Humanity. They learn a little about manual labor and what it means to help someone and make a difference in their life. It also provides an opportunity to reinforce positive actions through example. When you have time for a break and they pass out the cold drinks and snacks, you can set the example for your students. Instead of choosing the carbonated drinks, choose water. Instead of taking the chips loaded with sodium and cholesterol, choose fruit. In many cases, the students are watching you and will follow your example. You have just influenced them to make a healthy choice. When the work is done, we sometimes will take time for skateboarding or some other youthful activity. Martial artists live by a different code. We believe we are here to make a difference.”

Wiley F. Robinson, Seventh-Dan Franklin, Tennessee “One of my personal missions is to make people better physically. Many people do not eat well simply because they have not been taught how. Other challenges include improper socialization and lifestyle illnesses. What do you do to help your body? After hours of sitting behind a desk, what do you do for the only body you will have in this lifetime? It doesn’t matter if you live in a large city or a small town, you must set a disciplined routine to provide for your body’s needs. Many of us have good intentions and sign up for classes in various exercise programs but we rarely follow through. The stress of our fast-paced lives is a great distraction. Many people had fabulous athletic careers in high school or college, but how do you continue that throughout your life? Tae Kwon Do provides an answer. It is an activity that you can pursue for a lifetime. It is also a great activity to share with your family and children. And, it can be a lifelong learning experience.”

2009 ITA International Taekwondo Championship, officers and black belts.

Michael Cerminaro, Seventh-Dan Ventura, California “I feel that Tae Kwon Do is a vessel or the medium through which we reinforce the community. By training students in a value system that interacts and supports fellow students, they develop the social skills to better interact with people outside of the dojang. Parents desire that their children develop better skills, the abilITA group picture at Bulguksa Temple, 2004 ity to focus on a project, socialize with others, demonstrate respect for those a methodical routine for exercise, but training around them, and confidence in themselves. Tae requires the individual to constantly raise the bar. Kwon Do can help reach these goals. We provide This leads to constant improvement. ‘Good’ is the positive reinforcement and a positive environment enemy of ‘Great’. Never settle for having executed a in which to train. Many people have the perspective good technique. Being satisfied with merely ‘good of martial arts in general as being violent and protechnique’ leads to complacency. Always strive to moting violence. We concentrate on preparedness. make it great. Tae Kwon Do instructors should We never use the word ‘fight’ or ‘fighting-stance’. It serve as role models for students in this area. They contains a negative element. We focus on defense are responsible for providing leadership and their and physical fitness. In an effort to give back to the every movement serves as an example for their community, we offer various scholarships in our students. This example not only applies to the Tae Kwon Do schools. Students who are nomimasters and instructors, but also cascades through nated by an outside advocate (teacher, principal, or the ranks to include everyone as a vital part of the other authority figure) can attend class tuition free. process. Each student may have different goals This program allows students who could best benand disciplinary needs, but through Tae Kwon efit from Tae Kwon Do, the opportunity to learn, Do training and repetition they develop the “artist who might otherwise never venture into a Tae mind.” Repetition leads to discovery which can lead Kwon Do school.” to excellence. It is the process of learning, or the journey, that builds the character and skill of the Lili Bowen, Sixth-Dan student. No one simply arrives at the destination. Woodstock, Georgia They must endure the journey to appreciate arriving at the goal.” “I think the greatest thing about Tae Kwon Do and the ITA is the love for tradition and authenBrian Mitchelmore, Sixth-Dan ticity. We should always respect it and protect it. Portsmouth, United Kingdom Traditions are not just made, they are developed over long periods of time for the improvement of “I became acquainted with the ITA while stasociety. By understanding tradition, we develop tioned in Pensacola, Florida, as part of a detachgreater respect for improvement and excellence. ment from the Royal Navy. In 1990, I returned to Tae Kwon Do training always pushes you to excel the UK to teach Tae Kwon Do. I am now retired and enhance your skills. That is how a ‘workout’ and ‘training’ differ in comparison. A workout is taekwondotimes.com / January 2010


from the Navy so I teach full-time. I was drawn to the ITA due to the leadership of Grandmaster Bert Kollars. He instills confidence in the organization and is never too busy to receive a phone call or answer a question. He, in his methodical way, works through problems very well and quite logically. The ITA requires commitment to the spread of Tae Kwon Do for the benefit of others, loyalty to the organization, and respect among members. The ITA provides a serene environment in which to train and learn without arrogant attitudes. The level of support that I receive is evident in the fact that all of the ITA Grandmasters have visited England to assist in seminars and classes. My future goals include adding the Han Mu Do curriculum to my classes and to learn more about Han Philosophy.” Mark Spain, a sixth-dan master and student to Master Mitchelmore stated, “Tae Kwon Do and the ITA provide an atmosphere of lifelong learning with no end in sight.”

Glen Morgan, Sixth-Dan Minneapolis/Lakeville, Minnesota “As one of the more recent members to join the ITA, I would like to point out the amount of respect that members show to each other. They always maintain a positive attitude and are willing to work through problems together. They are an education based organization and emphasize the mental training aspects of Tae Kwon Do as the elements that contribute to a strong community. As far as as supporting supp ppo portingg their schoo ols ls aand nd in nstruccto torss schools instructors

go, they do what they say they will do. They have great communication from the top ranks down. Grandmaster Bert Kollars wants your telephone calls and expects to hear from you regularly. They are a community aware organization and feel that all that you do as an instructor should in some way reflect in the community you serve. Through Tae Kwon Do training, students should gain confidence and feel good about themselves. They learn to be respectful of others and maintain a positive attitude at all times.” As I listened to each of these instructors from the senior master level to the instructor level, I realized they all had one thing in common; they are educators. They do not teach in a conventional school supported by traditional curriculum set upon a stringent schedule, but they desire and expect a positive outcome. With Tae Kwon Do as the medium, they open the lines of communication in order to pass the torch of community consciousness to the next generation of students. Communities are made up of people working together for mutual benefit. Learning to serve the needs of others does not diminish your self-esteem; it enhances it. Tae Kwon Do provides concepts of tradition and structure lacking in our current society. It gradually raises the bar of excellence so that students can recognize their achievements, and it fills a very important gap in self-awareness and identity needed for confidence and success in our modern world. It passes the torch of community awareness to our youth along with a plan for success.

Front (L-R): Rick Hall, Art Monroe, Bert Kollars, James Bailey, and Joe Calhoun. Back (L-R): Craig Kollars and Dr. He-Young Kimm

Dr. He-Young Kimm, Ninth-Dan Grandmaster David Higgs: Dr. Kimm, how did you become involved with the ITA? Dr. Kimm: Actually, in early 1970, I was one of the pioneers in the early stages of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). And, the three founders of the ITA, Craig Kollars, Bert Kollars, and Art Monroe, were junior instructors of the ATA. In 1974, I and GM Hank Lee (Haeng Ung Lee) gave a seminar in Omaha, Nebraska, and those three instructors attended. By the late 1970s, I had left the ATA to concentrate on teaching self-defense, Hapkido-Kuk Sook-Taekwondo, and ki breathing exercises. In 1987, I formed the Han Mu Do System. During the meantime, by the end of 1980, those three people became independent from the ATA and formed a small independent association. Through their hard work their association grew rapidly. By the end of 1990, they approached me for advice on how to maintain traditional Tae Kwon Do while providing modern/contemporary needs. So, for the last ten years, I have been a member. David Higgs: How do you feel that you contribute to ITA organization? Dr. Kimm: Today the ITA has 26,000 active members with over 200 schools. My job is to help find a balance between traditional Tae Kwon Do and progressive teaching. An example would be, I arranged to invite World Taekwondo Federation Grandmaster Park Hae Man, Kukkiwon highranking examiner, and International Taekwondo Federation Grandmaster Hwang Kwang Sung, Chairman of the Merging Committee for the ITF,

to conduct seminars for the ITA so that the ITA high-ranking grandmasters could see where they stood as compared to these international leaders. Secondly, I bring ITA high-ranking black belts to Korea to see the many different styles of Korean martial arts, including the Kukkiwon. Since the ITA pioneers started from the Chung Do Kwan system, I led Dr. He-Young Kimm them to Grandmaster Lee Won Kuk so that they could experience their martial art roots and have a better understanding about what they were teaching. Also, I provided a chance for the ITA high-ranking leaders to join with the United States Taekwondo Grandmaster Society, which was formed by the pioneers of Korean Tae Kwon Do masters in the United States. I also encouraged them to learn two other martial arts as minor fields of study, besides Tae Kwon Do. I gave them the example of a tripod. It needs three legs to stand steadily. In order to develop a balanced martial art, you have to know how to kick/punch in a forward motion, and a pull-back throwing motion, and a twisting sideways with joint-locking motions, and also pindown groundwork. So, ITA black belts have the chance to practice, not only Tae Kwon Do, but also Han Mu Do and Brazilian Jiujutsu. In this way, you can have a well-rounded personality. Besides guiding them, I learn a lot from them about their progressive vision of the future of martial arts, such as community service, dojang managerial skills, and method of curriculum construction. Even at 70 years of age, I still have room for more learning. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Higgs began martial art training in 1973. He holds the rank of fifth-degree black belt in Han Mu Do and fifth-degree black belt in Hapkido and thirddan in Tae Kwon Do. He has received extensive training from Dr. He-Young Kimm of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Master J.R. West of Ridgeland, Mississippi; and Professor Sergio Chavez of Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Kimm explaining the history of General Kim Yushin. taekwondotimes.com / January 2010


ITA Artistic Philosophy Formula Artist First + 10 + 3 + 3 + 3 = Artistry and Legacy Artist First ITA artists believe the foundation and future of the Alliance rely upon each member’s dedication to the traditional Tae Kwon Do philosophy of being an Artist First. Only continued practice and dedication to the art can sustain the ITA artist in his or her further roles of Instructor and School Director.

+ 10 Tenets of TKD Tae Kwon Do artists live their lives according to the following ten tenets: Honor, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, Courage, Community, Strength, Humility and Knowledge. For 4000 years, Tae Kwon Do artists have trained in three areas of Tae Kwon Do discipline. Only if all areas are brought together in a balanced approach is true artistry reached. 1. Physical expression and defense skills (The highest level can only be developed through consistent practice.) 2. Concentration and discipline training, called “ki” training ( Just as one can read a paragraph without understanding what is read, if the mind is not disciplined, so too, physical movement performed without concentration will not result in increased knowledge.) 3. Study of the human spirit and behavior through literature, history, and art (Only by learning about others will we be able to learn more about ourselves.)

+ 3 TKD Learning Formats TKD artistic skill is achieved through three primary learning structures and requires investing in continuing education. v Group lessons led by student’s instructor allowing interaction with other students v Personal training sessions by the student allowing uninterrupted reflection, repetition, and introspection v Private lessons allowing a continued fostering of student/instructor relationship and enhancing artistic understanding

+ 3 Required Movement Guidelines Safe—must be mechanically correct to allow years of repetition without injury Effective—must be mechanically correct to allow maximum power Beautiful—must be mechanically correct to create artistically pleasing lines of movement

= Artistry & Legacy By aspiring to the complete artistic philosophy formula, ITA artists will reach their highest levels of artistry (technical skill and balance of mind and body). 62 January 2010 / taekwondotimes.com



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2009 Hall of Fame U.S. Grandmaster of the Year International Grandmaster of the Year Master of the Year Man of the Year Ambassador of the Year School of the Year Female Martial Artist of the Year Kenneth P. MacKenzie

Klaus Schuhmacher

Robert J. Ott

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U.S. Grandmaster of the Year Kenneth P. MacKenzie

Grandmaster Kenneth P. MacKenzie is the President of the World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation. Under the direct tutelage of DoJuNim Ji Han Jae, the founder of Korean Hapkido, Grandmaster MacKenzie has become the first American-born martial artist to attain the esteemed rank and level of ninth-degree black belt in Sin Moo Hapkido. As DoJuNim Ji prepares for semi-retirement in 2010, Grandmaster MacKenzie has been selected for advancement and, in addition, is among a select few chosen as successors who will guide Sin Moo Hapkido into the new millennium. A student for life, Grandmaster MacKenzie has been training in traditional Korean martial arts since the age of eleven. He continues to train, research, and document all aspects of Sin Moo Hapkido directly from the source. In addition to operating his five full-time and professional TaeKwon-Do & Hapkido dojangs in New Jersey, serving nearly 1000 active students, Grandmaster MacKenzie helps to spread the martial arts throughout the world. Leading the World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation, Grandmaster MacKenzie has taught Sin Moo Hapkido to instructors and students in 16 countries. When traveling the globe, Grandmaster MacKenzie respects his role as both martial arts leader and ambassador for his native country, the United States of America. As a community leader, Grandmaster MacKenzie is active with local business groups, local schools, police departments (DARE), and various charities. Understanding the power of mentorship, Grandmaster MacKenzie’s awardwinning and trademarked ‘Champions in Life’ program, aimed at getting young people to set positive goals, achieve excellent marks in school, and avoid drugs and violence, has impacted tens of thousands of children in recent years. In addition, his schools have donated over $50,000 in scholarships to local families annually for each of the past ten years. Grandmaster MacKenzie’s dojangs, first opened in 1983, have often been referred to as “pillars of the community” by area leaders. Moving forward, Grandmaster MacKenzie is committed to maintaining high standards of excellence personally, professionally, and in the Korean martial arts. In addition to his dojang’s regular and busy class schedules, he continues to train and teach his staff (both volunteer and professional) weekly. Via his leadership of the World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation, the Hapkido community-at-large will be supported in growing and maintaining the highest degree of excellence. This will be done while preserving the true art and traditions as per the founder.

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International Grandmaster of the Year Klaus Schuhmacher

Klaus Schuhmacher grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. His martial arts career began as a little boy with Jiu-Jitsu and Judo under the legendary Grandmaster Heinz Guenther, who was after Great Grandmaster Erich Rahn, the second highest ranked Judo and Jiu-Jitsu expert in Europe. GM Schuhmacher is certified, recognized and officially registered by over 90 different martial arts organizations as the holder of several ranks in multiple styles and systems worldwide. Additionally, he is the founder of the self-defense system, Progressive Hapkido, which grew out of 34 years of learning, practicing and teaching the system of Hapkido. He learned from instructors such as Song Il Hak, Sou Bong Kim, Yu Un Son (direct student of Soke Choi), and Yang-Seung-Woo (Europe’s highest ranking Hapkido Grandmaster at that time). Since 1981, GM Schuhmacher has taught members of the CIA, FBI, Special Forces, Army, Presidential Bodyguards, Navy, Air Force, and the police and has given seminars and private consultations all over the U.S., Europe, Caribbean, Asia, South and Central America. He is a former World and European champion in Soft Style Weapons (1986) and a 22-time Grand Champion in Kata and Weapons. Between 1983 and 1987, he performed in over 270 demonstrations in Europe and won three professional Thaiboxing fights in Thailand. Additionally, he introduced original Hapkido in Thailand (1983), Costa Rica (1996), Yemen (2006) and Bangladesh (2008). He also is a Philippines certified Instructor for Stickfighting (Minos-Perez Kali), which he has practiced since 1983, and a certified Military Close-Quarter Combat Tactics Senior Instructor from his many years of teaching U.S. Special Forces, Army and Air Force personnel during their overseas tours stationed in Germany. He studied Chinese martial arts under the supervision of the great Sigung Wong-Ying-Kui of the Wong-Gar-Kung-Fu style. He has continued to study Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts for the past 32 years in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He is currently working to complete his first book, The Complete Chinese Martial Arts Fact Book. Since 1995, Grandmaster Schuhmacher has been the International Chairman of the World Martial Arts League and the founder of nine different international non-profit martial arts organizations, including the International Council of Higher Martial Science Education, a worldwide institution working for better control of higher martial arts levels and ranks. He believes in fighting for human rights worldwide and standing up to injustice.

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Master of the Year Robert J. Ott

At the age of six, Robert Ott’s mother introduced him to a U.S. Marine Corp Soldier. The soldier enjoyed spending time with young Ott and took his mother and him to see a movie. It was a classic Kung Fu movie with its standard delayed dubbing. It showed warriors fighting and using techniques that young Robert never thought possible. His eyes were stuck to the screen and when it was over a new concept of confidence and drive flowed through his little body. The marine, a first-degree black belt in Okinawa Karate, soon gave young Ott a gift of a traditional gi ( Japanese for dobok.) From that point, Robert Ott never stopped being a student of martial arts. By the age of 11, Ott began to study Tae Soo Do, Chung Do Kwan under Master Richard M. Kenvin. During his study under Master Kenvin, he earned his first-dan in Tae Soo Do, Chung Do Kwan and Tae Kwon Do, Kukkiwon. He also won first place in the New Jersey State Championship in junior heavyweight Olympic TKD and first in the junior heavyweight division for the Fight for Cancer Championships. In 1985, he left the Tae Kwon Do Association of South Jersey and spent a year traveling, studying, demonstrating and competing with a fellow martial artist, Kenneth P. MacKenzie. Little did Ott realize that MacKenzie was to become not only a good friend and fellow martial artist, but a brother who would walk by his side through the happiest and saddest times of his life. In 1986, Robert Ott sought out Grandmaster Goh Chae Tok, whom he learned of by reading TKD Times, and began training under him. While studying directly under Grandmaster Goh, he earned his first-dan in TKD, Mun Moo Kwan, second-dan in TKD, Mun Moo Kwan and also seconddan in TKD, Kukkiwon; and became the Head Office Manager and Chief Instructor for GM Goh’s headquarters, Dragon Gym in Exton, Pennsylvania. In 1989, Ott returned to New Jersey and opened up the Traditional Martial Arts Institute in Somerdale. He earned his second-dan from the North American Hapkido Association. Toward the end of his first year at the dojang, his life was changed forever. 19 years ago, a man put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The assault would leave him forever blind, but not broken. He would go on to write an amazing biography, Certain Victory, documenting his astounding recovery. He credits his nurse, Fran Orth, and Dr. Louies Cervantes to his survival. Since finding his new vision in life, he has earned his third-dan by the Kido-Hae in 1993 by Chairman Grandmaster In Sun Seo and was awarded the Martial Arts Man of the Year by the World Martial Arts Association. In 1995, he moved his entire life with two gym bags and $500 to the Great Northwest. It was this change that allowed him to find his purpose. He found that his story had the power to bring such positive spirit to all walks of life. In his first 10 years in the Northwest, he held countless seminars. He was the owner of the Modern Day Café, which did the food services for the Western Regional Center of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Here, he taught others who were blind or visually impaired. He went on to earn his fourth, fifth and sixth-dans under such men as Ji Han Jae, In Sun Seo, Rudy Timmerman, Kenneth P. MacKenzie and Michael De Alba. He also designed the logo that symbolizes the art that he now teaches, Kidokwan or “family with the way of power.” In 2004, he opened Certain Victory Food Services, Inc. He went from a business of four people to one with over 500. During the five years of operating this business, he has written his biography and filmed a documentary on overcoming great obstacles in life. He is currently finalizing a special edition to his book, featuring a Part II, which focuses on appreciation and admiration of the martial artists who have become part of who he is today. Today, he is the proud husband of Kimberly D. Ott, father to Savannah Alexis Ott and Robert J. Ott, Jr., and seventh-dan by the World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation under President Kenneth P. MacKenzie and Founder Grandmaster Ji Han Jae. He is the Chairman of the Washington State Business Enterprise Program, President and CEO of Certain Victory Food Services, Inc. and Flowering Warrior Enterprises, LLC, as well as the Chief Master of the Temple of Certain Victory in Olympia, Washington.

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Man of the Year Leong Wai Meng

At the young age of six, Leong Wai Meng was introduced to the martial arts. From there, he only continued to flourish under the light that martial arts cast upon him. He was a strong competitor in the late 60s and early 70s, winning top awards in tournaments, including the 1st ITF World Championships. He began teaching TKD in Sweden in 1975 and soon made a trip to Greenland in 1976 to visit a friend. It was on that trip that he would be set on the illustrious path of being a TKD pioneer to the country of Greenland. But it all began with an odd stroke of luck. The weather was bad, and since there are no roads in Greenland to travel from town to town, the customary travel by helicopter was not permitted. So Leong Wai Meng was forced to take a boat. It was on this boat that he was approached by a man in a tuxedo and asked to dinner, as it was rare to see an Asian man in Greenland. This man was the Prime Minister of Greenland. That evening, Leong Wai Meng ate dinner with the Prime Minister, Speaker of the Parliament, the Minister of Sport and the President of the Sports Council. It was this dinner that started Leong Wai Meng’s incredible journey to establishing TKD in Greenland. By 1979, Leong Wai Meng formed the Greenland Taekwon-Do Federation (which celebrated its 30 year anniversary in November 2009). That same year, he organized the 1st Greenlandic National Championships and hosted a visit from General Choi Hong Hi, Grandmaster Khang Suh Jong and Master Rhee Ki Ha. Since establishing TKD 30 years ago in Greenland, Dr. Leong Wai Meng has set up 24 schools, with over 1,700 active members (about three percent of the population of Greenland today.) In 2009, Grandmaster Meng was awarded the title of Dato, the equivalent to a Sir in England, by the King of Malaysia. Dr. Grandmaster Leong Wai Meng was also honored with a Professorship in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, by the Academic Degrees and Titles Awards Committee. He was awarded a Doctor’s of Sports Science Professorship by Mr. Kwak Pom Ki in September. Also a Vice President in the ITF, it is easy to see why Grandmaster Meng’s accomplishments, both in Greenland and the world, make him the TKDT Man of the Year.

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Ambassador of the Year George Vitale

George Vitale has been fascinated by the fighting arts since childhood. He started organized boxing in the early 1970s. In 1972, he began wrestling. He then learned Tang Soo Do and switched to TKD a couple of years later, joining ITF Main Dojang #21 in 1974. In those days, the school also used the name Korean Karate, as few had heard of TKD and it was only the second TKD school in all of Brooklyn. It was run by Master Kim Kwang Sung, who relocated to Brooklyn from West Germany, where he was a pioneer. Mr. Vitale was promoted by Master Kim to first-dan black belt in 1977 and certified by the legendary TKD pioneer Kwon Jae Hwa. He was promoted by Grandmaster Charles E. Sereff and the USTF to fourth-dan in 1986. He has also been a certified International Instructor, Examiner and Class “A” International Umpire since 1987. In the early 1990s, Mr. Vitale served as the Vice President of the USTF. Additionally, he was one of 32 members of the ITF Board of Directors, nominated for that position by General Choi Hong Hi himself. Mr. Vitale was also a defensive tactics instructor during his 24-year career as a police supervisor with the New York State Troopers Bureau of Criminal Investigation. His assignments included executive protection for numerous politicians, including personal bodyguard to Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki, undercover roles in sensitive organized crime investigations and heading the Governor’s NYC office state police response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He has authored numerous academic graduate research papers on the martial arts and juvenile delinquency, on both the Master and Doctoral levels. As 2002 came to an end, Mr. Vitale attained the rank of seventh-dan, being honored by the ITF. He has traveled for TKD to some 40 countries, most states in the USA and several providences in Canada. His deep passion for TKD and vast experience have contributed to helping him become a master teacher. Over the years, he has produced and contributed to the success of many world and international champions. Since 2006, Mr. Vitale has also been an associate producer and research director for two feature length documentaries on Tae Kwon Do. These films document the history of Tae Kwon Do and the historic Goodwill Tour of the U.S. by the North Korean team. In 2009, Mr. Vitale was recommended for eighth-dan to the ITF by several esteemed Tae Kwon Do leaders. Mr. Vitale is most proud of never making money from TKD. Never realizing a monetary profit, he has received so many other rewards from helping people learn TKD over the past 36 years. The joy of the numerous thanks from students and parents is all the riches this TKD teacher really needs. 70 January 2010 / taekwondotimes.com

School of the Year Sang Koo Kang

Sang Koo Kang was born in Seoul, Korea in 1966. As is the case with many Korean children, Sang’s early childhood was a hard existence and his only escape from the harsh realities of life was his introduction, at the age of five, to Tae Kwon Do. Through his dedication to Tae Kwon Do, young Sang discovered immediate success and excelled. In his teen years, Sang relocated to the United States and continued his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do. Always driven to succeed, he worked hard to distinguish himself in the dojang while struggling to make ends meet for himself and his family. Sang survived those early days by immersing himself in the daily rigors of training, going to school, playing football and teaching Tae Kwon Do classes to elementary school children. As a football player, Sang’s on-field accomplishment’s attracted the attention of Jimmy Johnson, who was the head football coach at the University of Miami. Sang was unable to attend the University due to his perilous financial situation and a need to be near his father. Instead, Sang enrolled at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he played as a walk-on freshman, eventually earning a position on the team for the next four years. In 1990, Sang opened his very first martial arts school in Miami Beach, Florida. With a progressive attitude and a strong emphasis on compassion, patience and self perseverance, Sang opened a second location in the community of Pembroke Pines. Sang’s popularity soared and he spread his training program to the masses by adding three more training locations in communities throughout South Florida, most recently in South Beach. Master Sang also specializes in custom training to provide individualized private lessons to many busy executives and working professionals, as well as to dignitaries, famous actors, and professional athletes. Among these are local politicians, the Saudi Prince and Princess, Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker, NFL Hall of Famer and actor Jim Brown, and their families. Three South Florida communities, Miami Beach, Pembroke Pines, and Surfside, have bestowed the tremendous honor of awarding Master Sang with the “key” to their cities and proclamations of an official “Master Sang Day.” He has been recognized in multiple martial arts publications for his outstanding accomplishments and community efforts. In addition to appearing on local radio and television programs, Master Sang has appeared in three major Hollywood productions, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3, and Shoot Fighter. Master Sang Koo Kang has become an inspiration to the entire South Florida community and the many persons he has met in his travels. He is a sixth-degree in Tae Kwon Do (currently training for and qualified to attain seventh-degree in the near future) and he has designed a specialized “TNT” program that incorporates traditional Tae Kwon Do with Muay Thai Kickboxing.

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Female Martial Artist of the Year Ronda Sweet

Ronda Sweet began Tae Kwon Do in 1973, the year of Bruce Lee, Kung Fu and martial arts movies at the drive-in. She had a boyfriend who was taking TKD classes at the local YMCA. Her motivation was not self-defense or self-improvement or anything other than her boyfriend simply talking her into it. 36 years later, that boyfriend is only a first or second-degree black belt, while Ronda Sweet earned her sixth-dan last year. Her first class was a small class run by Joe Cook, a branch school of In Mook Kim, then of Des Moines, Iowa. Ronda Sweet studied in Sioux City, Iowa, and tested in Des Moines. She brought her brothers and sisters into the class, as well as her husband, for a short period of time. From early on, she was a dojang junkie. She did the books, sent bills, painted the walls and worked out with the guys. They didn’t have protective gear back then and they wore their bruises and injuries with pride. Friday nights were class and then a trip downtown practicing flying side kicks over parking meters and doing forms to loud raucous music. During this time, she learned a lot about indomitable spirit and her own personal limits. After a couple years break where her husband was transferred three or four times from city to city, state to state, and her daughter was born, she landed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She had missed TKD and signed up with Grandmaster Dong Wong Kang. Like many transitions, off came the old belt and back came the white belt. That was ok with Ronda Sweet though, the style was different and she wasn’t in a hurry for rank. She had a great school with lots of camaraderie and still has many friends from her years at Kang’s. She even ran the school newsletter for awhile. It was there that she developed her passion for being a referee. One night in class in 1993, Grandmaster Kang probably set her on her current path without even knowing it. For some reason that night, he singled her out and called her John Wayne. He commented on her dedication among other qualities, as well as her propensity to say what she thought. Fast forward to 2009. Since that time, Ronda Sweet has turned her service to TKD and its practitioners by attempting to improve the sport, the art and its governance; to make it fair for all and transparent for everyone. She went on to be appointed by United States Taekwondo Union (USTU) President Sang Chul Lee to the USTU Publication Committee and later the USTU Publication Chair. He also appointed her as President of the Oklahoma State Taekwondo Union. She later won three more terms before moving from Oklahoma to Louisiana. During that period, she served as editor of the USTU magazine, as well as Webmaster for the USTU Website. In fact, she spent so many midnight hours doing their own updates, the Web hosting company cut their monthly fee in half. Additionally, she earned her A1 referee status and spent many weekends refereeing tournaments all over the country, including USTU Team Trials. She lived and breathed TKD, even starting her own Website: www.Ladytkd.com. During those years in Oklahoma, all junior competitors received state uniforms for competing in USTU Nationals and Junior Olympics. All senior competitors received monetary compensation and they used all the funds for the benefit of the athletes in Oklahoma. She, along with other USTU staff, worked to try to bring that philosophy to all of the USTU. She learned much about TKD outside the dojang from her then mentor, Master Guy Poos. When it became apparent that there were even more serious issues within the USTU, she worked with many great people dedicated to the athletes and members of the organization to again try to bring transparency and a level playing field for all athletes. When the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) took over the USTU and converted it to the USA Taekwondo (USAT), Ronda Sweet served first as chair of the Awards Committee, and then on the State Committee. She was asked to run for the Grassroots Director, which she did, winning that position and beginning her sojourn on the USAT Board of Directors. During the second year of her first term, she was elected Chair of the Board. Her students at Dunlap’s Taekwondo in New Orleans weren’t all that impressed; they were more interested in what she had to teach them, than the big wide world of Tae Kwon Do politics. Ronda Sweet has worked on the Board and with the CEO over the last three years to re-establish the state organizations and their state championships. She has also worked with Grandmaster J.P. Choi and Hong Kong Kim to establish the Martial Arts Commission and to integrate them into the USAT. She has also worked to bring the poomsae program more to the forefront and to support the growing poomsae constituency. She is proudest of bringing bracket poomsae to the recreational poomsae members. Since instituting this change, they have seen poomsae numbers grow. Ronda Sweet plans to continue to work to improve TKD as well as to work within the Board of Directors to grow the USAT in many ways.

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The Little School That Works By Hal Pittman

It’s June in Southeastern Virginia, with temperatures creeping into the low 90s accompanied by soaring humidity. Students have begun summer break across Hampton Roads, and many children are already engaged in carefree activities—long lazy days, camp activities, and the constant lure of Virginia Beach and the nearby Outer Banks. But at Park’s Taekwondo Academy in Norfolk, it’s all work. Master Charles Park, 31, is guiding his sport TKD team through the first of five days of twoa-day workouts on a hot Monday afternoon. The fifteen or so students in the Park’s sport TKD program range in age from seven to sixteen, and all of them are soaked with sweat as Park runs them through intensive conditioning—sprints, plyometrics, and paddle drills—in preparation for the USA Taekwondo National Championships/Junior Olympics to be held the following week in Austin, Texas. An electric fan in the doorway keeps air circulating throughout the workout area, and sweat drops onto the mat as the young Tae Kwon Do competitors push their own limits. A few parents sitting in the outer waiting room quietly watch the action. Park’s Taekwondo Academy sits in a 1960s era, non-descript Norfolk strip mall on a stretch of Little Creek Road littered with discount stores, carry-out Chinese restaurants, laundromats, barbershops, and used car dealerships. Park’s studio Master Charles Park watches intently as Herschel Kovacs squares off against an opponent.

Master Charles Park, of Park’s Taekwondo Academy, Norfolk, Virginia, coaches Carlos Vasquez before his first round match at the 2009 USA-Taekwondo National Championship-Junior Olympics in Austin, Texas. Photo by Hal Pittman

is next door to a pub, and on occasion during afternoon classes, parents in the outside waiting area can hear jukebox music through the walls as Grandmaster Chan Hak Park, 65, takes the children’s class through a lesson. Grandmaster Park is a genuine Virginia TKD legend. He’s served twice as the Virginia State Taekwondo Association president, was the AAU national team coach in 1980, served as head of the U.S. demonstration team, and is a two-time former Korean national champion and an Asian bantam weight champion. Parents of his younger students admire the discipline Grandmaster Park brings to his classes. He opened his first dojang in Northern Virginia in 1973, and a few years later moved his school to Norfolk. These days, Grandmaster Park’s oldest son, Charles, teaches many of the classes and runs the sport TKD competition team, which he started in 2005; Charles is also Virginia State Taekwondo Association South Region Head Coach for 20092010.

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Members of the Team Park Sport Taekwondo team train during two-aday sessions in Norfolk, Virginia, while preparing for the 2009 USATaekwondo National Championships-Junior Olympics. Photo by John Gay.

Herschel Kovacs (blue hogu) on the attack at the 2009 USA-Taekwondo National Championships-Junior Olympics in Austin, Texas. Kovacs captured the bronze medal in World Class Sparring. Photo by Hal Pittman.

backed into a corner. “Whose legs are longer? Curl! Curl around!” It’s not gentle instruction at Park’s; it’s hands on, traditional, challenging, and in-your-face. The famous Alabama football coach Bear Bryant would be pleased. Make a mistake and the instruction gets louder; make it twice and you may be doing 100 pushups or running laps. Everyone on Team Park is singled out for training blunders—from rookies to Junior Olympic champions. Team Park starts every session with conditioning, before students shift into sparring gear and the real coaching begins. The teenage black belts do conditioning exercises alongside the younger team members and also help train the younger players, then they do their own training in the evenings. This week, the team members going to nationals will spar four or five matches daily early in the week, but Charles Park will curtail contact by about mid-week to keep his athletes injury-free going into nationals.


Team Park members competing on the first day in Austin arrive by noon on Monday, June 29, to weigh-in and register. Nearly half of the team members have been wrestling with colds for a week, and Master Park has also fought off a case of the flu; he worries that illness may weaken the team at the very time they need strength to peak—but he doesn’t show any of that concern to the kids. Four Team Park athletes will compete Tuesday in the ten to eleven-year-old category—two in their first nationals, and two 2008 defending gold medalists, who will move up from the eight to nine-year age group. Team members competing

Each year, Team Park has grown and taken a few more competitors to the annual USA Taekwondo National Championships/Junior Olympics. Between 2005 and 2008, Park’s competitors brought home 12 individual gold medals—and amazingly, nearly every Park’s competitor who has competed nationally has medaled. There are no frills inside Park’s, just a matted floor, mirrored walls, a heavy bag at one end of the Master Charles Park coaches Evan Pittman in his semi-final match at 2009 USA-Taekwondo National Championships-Junior Olympics dojang, and assorted paddles and mats. You won’t the in Austin, Texas. Pittman took second place in sparring, losing in sudden death overtime in the finals. Photo by Hal Pittman. see weapons training or creative forms or other forms of martial arts being taught; it’s traditional Tae Kwon Do, with instruction in poomsae and sparring, and Team Park is primarily focused on training for Olympic Sparring. “Forms are subjective,” says one Team Park parent, “My kids just do forms for a warm-up. On the other hand, in sparring, everyone pretty much knows who wins.” The magic here is in the effort the students put in, and the technical expertise of Charles Park, who allows no mistakes to slip by. “Let’s go, let’s go, you look like two green belts,” Park booms, as two poom belts spar. “Why are you jamming?” He demands of a poom belt who is 76 January 2010 / taekwondotimes.com

on Wednesday and Thursday have also arrived in Austin, and Park puts the entire 13 and under team through a 45-minute workout in the hotel. Afterwards, he gathers the competitors together to talk to them. “Leave everything on the mat tomorrow,” he emphatically states. “When it’s over, we don’t want to say ‘I should have or I could have’… Have confidence in your training and how hard you have worked to get here. Have confidence in your instructors and the teammates you’ve trained with. We are all here to win at nationals. I want to be able to call Grandmaster Park tomorrow and tell him how well you did.” It’s a tall order, and Park knows it—but he also knows that any of the kids on Team Park can win a national title on any given day—they are that good. They close out the training session with a team cheer, and its time to rest and prepare for tomorrow. Competition at the USA Taekwondo National Championships/Junior Olympics is stiff. More than 2,000 athletes and 500 coaches register for the multi-day event at the Austin, Texas, Convention Center, as USA Taekwondo contests poomsae, breaking, weapons and sparring divisions on 16 mats simultaneously. On Tuesday at one point, Park moves between coaching duties on four mats as his athletes spar. Only two of the four ten to eleven-year-old Park’s competitors make it to the medal rounds. First-time nationals competitor Carlos Vasquez, a promising green belt, is eliminated by eventual champion Ami Ikanovic, while Michael Porter, who earned the 2008 gold in elite sparring, is also eliminated before the medal rounds. Herschel Kovacs, a multitime gold medalist, wins three matches, but has to settle for bronze in world class sparring; and Evan Pittman, a first-year team member, wins three to reach the grass roots sparring finals, but takes silver in sudden death overtime. “You have to continue to improve,” Park tells Pittman after his second place finish. “This is all about constant improvement. You have to keep working.” On Wednesday, Team Park’s lone female, Angelica Porter, steps up to claim Park’s first 2009 gold medal in sparring. Porter regularly spars with the boys in sport class, including her older brother Michael, and her tenacity shows as she wins in the world class division. Then, a day later, Park coaches the second of three Kovacs’ brothers, Virgil, to gold in the 12 to 13-year-old black belt grass roots spar-

The 2009 Team Park national team members, shown here flanked by Master Charles Park and Grandmaster Chan Hak Park, captured eight medals at the 2009 USA-Taekwondo National Championships-Junior Olympics in Austin, Texas. Team Park competitors have won 14 national championship titles since 2005. Photo by John Gay.

ring division. Kovacs wins four straight matches, securing the gold medal with a head kick score in overtime. Friday is the final day for Team Park, with four Team Park senior black belts competing in the very competitive 14 to 17-year-old world class sparring divisions. Of those, only Jamil Barnes and Emmanuel Fountain, both former national champions, make it to the semi-finals—and both must settle for bronze this year—although both qualify for the Junior National Team Trials in August in Colorado Springs. Six of 11 Team Park members have medaled in sparring—two golds, one silver and three bronzes— and Barnes and Fountain have also earned silver medals in forms. Charles Park is disappointed that not of all his team members could medal in sparring at nationals this year—it has almost become an expectation with Team Park—but he doesn’t dwell on it. He takes the 4th of July weekend off, and on Monday morning begins mapping the training for his two 14 to 17-year-old competitors who have qualified for Junior Team Trials. Emmanuel Fountain, one of the 14-17 black belts, won the USAT fight-offs in Colorado Springs and made the 14-17 national team. For more information, please visit parks-taekwondo-norfolk.com ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hal Pittman is a Navy admiral currently based in Tampa, Florida. He is an award-winning writer and the former editorial director of the Navy’s flagship publication—All Hands magazine. He is also the father of Evan Pittman of the 2009 Team Park Sport Taekwondo competition team. taekwondotimes.com / January 2010



In this exciting new graphic novel, the life of legendary martial artist, Daiwon Moon is depicted. The story begins at the 1965 Pan-American Martial Art Championships, where Moon wins for the third year in a row. Soon he is approached by a Karate Master from Mexico, who invites him to his country. Thus begins the journey of a lifetime, as Moon travels the world, teaching and training people such as Mohammed Ali. His training becomes so well-known that he attracts more and more students and soon he is hailed as the Father of Tae Kwon Do in Mexico. With 40,000 students trained in Tae Kwon Do in Mexico, Daiwon Moon is considered a national hero. Read his amazing story and learn about the pioneer of TKD in Mexico! The Legend of Black Belt Daiwon Moon is the first in a series of graphic novels that Dammora Publishing is producing in both Korean and English on well-known Tae Kwon Do pioneers throughout the world. Two more novels are currently in production, including ones on Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee who is considered to be the Father of Tae Kwon Do in the United States, and Tae Eun Lee, a Canadian Tae Kwon Do pioneer. A total of 30 books on Tae Kwon Do pioneers, including TKD Times publisher Grandmaster Woojin Jung, are expected to be completed over the next three to five years. The animated genre was chosen to tell their stories, since they would be easier read and understood throughout the world, with pictures and words together telling the stories of the martial arts masters. To get your copy of The Legend of Black Belt Daiwon Moon, visit the store at taekwondotimes.com!

Celebrating 30 Years of


An Interview with Publisher Grandmaster Woojin Jung By Stephen DiLeo TaeKwonDo Times will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Throughout the magazine’s history, perhaps no one man has had more impact on the publication than Grandmaster Woojin Jung. After arriving in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from Korea, Grandmaster Jung began his quest towards the American dream with a mere $35 in his pocket. Today, he owns several shopping malls, seven fitness clubs, and operates a 36-acre Tae Kwon Do training site in the Rocky Mountains. For most businessmen, this would be plenty; however, because of his passion for martial arts, Grandmaster Jung chooses to spend his remaining time as Publisher of TaeKwonDo Times. The following interview captures the diversity, innovations, and devotion of this Tae Kwon Do icon. Mr. DiLeo: Grandmaster Jung, with your busy schedule, I would like to thank you for your time. What was your first involvement with TKDT’s founder, Grandmaster Chung Eun Kim? GM Jung: I met Grandmaster Chung Eun Kim in 1973 in Rockfield, Illinois, at a tournament where both of our schools were competing. Q: Do you still maintain contact with Grandmaster Kim? A: Grandmaster Kim is retired, but we did talk in 2005 about the future and direction of the magazine. Q: When did you become publisher of TKDT? A: When Grandmaster Kim retired in 2005, he asked me to become publisher, which I humbly accepted. Up to that point, I had worked in various capacities within the magazine, advising on different areas. Q: It is clear that TKDT has grown over the last 30 years. Would you please explain how much the magazine has expanded in terms of distribution? A: In the early days, the magazine was distributed in a local fashion, primarily among associate schools. Then in 1983, TKDT became nationally distributed, well beyond local outlets, through Curtis Circulation. At that time, this event was considered a major milestone for the magazine because it opened the door to increased subscriptions and subsequently, greater resources that could be used to grow the publication.

Issue 1 Spring 1981 - Hee Il Cho

Issue 7 Spring 1983 - Woojin Jung

Today TKDT is distributed in over 190 countries around the world. Q: Based on your business history, you have always remained very hands-on with all of your enterprises. Do you employ the same strategy at TKDT? What is your day-to-day involvement? A: I am very hands-on with the operation of TKDT. It is a 24 hour a day job! I am constantly thinking of the magazine and what would be best for the readers. It is important to me to present Tae Kwon Do in the proper light, in a way that is personal and touches people beyond technical aspects of the art. I want to retain the traditional roots of the magazine. Tae Kwon Do is my passion! Q: Could you please explain the format of the magazine and possibly any of the changes that have occurred in the past 30 years? A: The format of TKDT is basically 60 percent dedicated to Tae Kwon Do and the remaining 40 percent of the magazine is devoted to other martial arts. They would include all other styles, for instance, Karate, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Aikido, etc. In July of 2007, TKDT received a format makeover. The magazine’s cover was transformed with a greater use of color and a brand new logo. The layout was altered to include additional columns from nationally known experts. We also decided to solicit correspondents from around the country and around the world to help provide greater coverage for tournaments and major martial arts events. Issue 45 March 1990 - John Pellegrini

Issue 50 January 1991 - In Hyuk Suh

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Q: Many magazines simply swing with the times, but your publication has remained on course. With all of the trends that have occurred over the past 30 years, how has TKDT remained true to its traditional roots? A: In order to understand how TKDT has remained committed to the essence of Tae Kwon Do, it is important for me to explain how my personal philosophy has influenced the magazine. I believe in the power of Tae Kwon Do and the positive impact it can have on people. This is what I want to accomplish through TKDT. Tae Kwon Do is much more than a combat art or a sport; it can help mend relationships and improve life for individuals, communities, and countries. Take for instance, the process of attaining black belt in any style. It is a personal achievement that should not be judged based on a common set of strict requirements. Students are all different with separate goals and varying levels of skills. Black belt testing is a unique event for each individual. Tae Kwon Do is for everyone, regardless of age; it is far beyond physical techniques in that the primary focus of martial arts is to bring about good. For me, after decades of teaching and training, respect remains the key to becoming a true student of Tae Kwon Do. Q: How has the Internet affected your strategy and will you continue to grow the digital delivery of the magazine? A: The Internet is here to stay and it provides an excellent, cost-effective way to distribute our magazine. Using the Internet, we can deliver TKDT to many more countries in a way that has greater impact to a specific population. It will be easier to tailor our content for each particular area we want to target, making TKDT more meaningful to our readers. Q: Recently, TKDT has become very interactive with its readers in terms of soliciting photos, stories, and featured schools. Will that direction continue? A: We will continue to provide more than technical content. TKDT uses actual stories, photos, etc., because readers identify with real-life experiences rather than how-to pieces. Articles that explain various arts are important and will

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remain part of our content; however, publishing individual accounts of personal struggles and triumphs is more effective. That is part of our mission! Q: Speaking of mission, what is the primary objective for TKDT? A: Our mission for TKDT is to give back to students, parents, and the community at large—to improve lives and relationships. Our format will continue to evolve in this direction. TKDT can be used to transcend differences and to help build bridges on all levels, even between countries. One of our missions is to unify all martial arts, regardless of style. We are all part of the same group, the same family. Here at TKDT, we are part of a larger group of eleven companies, but we work together towards the common goal of success for all. Martial artists are the same. We can be a force for positive change, perhaps even for my homeland of Korea, where TKDT can help bring down the walls of separation and heal old wounds. Simply put, TKDT’s mission is “Uniting the World through Martial Arts.” There is no greater purpose! Mr. DiLeo: Thank you Grandmaster Jung for your time and your thoughts. I am indeed both humbled and honored to have had an opportunity to talk with you. To summarize Grandmaster Jung, only one word comes to mind—unique! His passion and belief in Tae Kwon Do is exceeded only by his humility and sincerity, two traits rarely found in celebrities. The fact that TKDT has been successful is the result of a dedicated staff and the guidance of an American success story, Grandmaster Woojin Jung. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen DiLeo is a fourthdegree 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.

The Last 30 Years of TKD

By George Vitale

Much has happened in the Tae Kwon Do world during the last 30 years. Luckily, TKD Times was there every step of the way. They have reported on it for all TKD students and documented it for everyone, even those who have yet to put on a dobok and tie on that brand new white belt. To some, TKD is simply an umbrella term for Korean martial arts. This group, which we will call independents, is perhaps the largest. They also, because of their independent status, have countless interpretations on how they train. The next group is the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) or Kukki Taekwondo. The WTF oversees the martial sport or Olympic Taekwondo. They are bound together by a specific set of sports competition rules. The last group is the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), which grew out of the Oh Do Kwan or the military gym. These soldiers were the first to use the name Taekwon-Do. They are bound together by the use of the original Korean Taekwon-Do tuls. These patterns were named after Korean patriots and significant events in Korea’s history. Korea supported TKD because it had become an important tool for promoting Korea around the world. The Korean Taekwondo Association and the ITF, which was formed in 1966, had already been dispatching TKD instructors around the world. Technical changes and development eventually emphasized Tae Kwon Do as a martial sport. The WTF was formed in 1973 to promote TKD as Korea’s national sport. In 1980, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized TKD, which eventually led to it appearing in the 1988 Olympics as a demonstration sport. These Summer Olympics were hosted by Seoul, Korea. Just 52 short years before, when Korea was an occupied country by Japan, Koreans were forced to compete with Japanese names, under the flag of Japan. Now, they became only the second Asian country in history to host an Olympics. It was here in Seoul in 1988, that the world was introduced to the martial sport of TKD and TKD Times was there to cover it. Four years later, when Barcelona, Spain, hosted the Olympics, Korea gave the support necessary to insure TKD appeared again as a demonstration sport. Through the efforts of many, led by WTF President Dr. Kim Un Yong, TKD eventually would become an official sport, appearing in the 2000 games in Sydney, the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing. TKD will also appear in the 2012 London Games and has already been approved for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Certainly Olympic exposure has contributed greatly to TKD growing in leaps and bounds. However, that is not the only factor that has influenced its phenomenal growth.

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In the 1980s, a series of martial art films called The Karate Kid appeared on the big screen. These movies, along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that followed in the 1990s, opened the door to children to participate in learning the martial arts. Tae Kwon Do, which had already been spread around the world, took advantage of this growth spurt by setting up TKD Tots, TKD Tiger and Little Dragon programs. With the academic post-secondary schools in Korea educating many TKD instructors in physical education, even expanding to graduate masters and doctoral programs, dojangs also started to cater to students for varied reasons. With the advances in safety equipment over the years, students of all ages competed. During the last 30 years, some noteworthy promotions were held. Mrs. Myong S. Namkung-Mayes received her first-dan black belt at the Ji Do Kwan, under one of the most influential grandmasters in the world of TKD, back in February of 1964. On November 28, 2006, she became the first woman in the world to be promoted to ninth-dan grandmaster by the Kukkiwon. Master Renee Sereff of Colorado was the first woman to be promoted to seventhdan master by the ITF and General Choi. On March 12, 2005, she was promoted to eighth-dan by the United States Taekwon-Do Federation. Another trailblazer is Master Brenda Sell. The Chung Do Kwan, one of the most influential early civilian gyms, promoted her to eighth-dan in March of 2003. She then tested at the Kukkiwon on May 19, 2005, for eighth-dan as well. Master Sell was the first non-Korean woman to attain this prestigious distinction. TKD Times also reported when Rhee Ki Ha became the first person promoted to ninth-dan by General Choi and the ITF. This was in July of 1997. The following December, the ITF promoted two others to this rank, Charles E. Sereff and Hwang Kwang Sung. Grandmaster Sereff was the first non-Korean in the world to be promoted to the highest level by one of the two major Tae Kwon Do organizations. Grandmaster Edward Sell in 1980 became the first non-Korean in the world to attain seventh-dan. In August of 1997, he was promoted to ninth-dan by the Chung Do Kwan. On September 1, 2001, the Kukkiwon also promoted him to ninth-dan. TKD Times not only allowed its readers to witness the amazing growth and spread of Tae Kwon Do, it also delivered the news of its missteps and mistakes along the way. We read on the magazine’s pages when the national governing body changed from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU) in the 1980s. Later, we were told about problems with book-

keeping and accountability. Eventually, we read about the U.S. Olympic Committee moving to decertify the USTU in 2003. Readers learned about the corruption scandal that forced Dr. Kim Un Yong to resign from his many positions in both the Korean government and the international sports arena. Eventually, he was convicted and served time for his offenses. Students around the world learned of the new measures and officers that were put into place as a result of these unfortunate happenings. Dr. Choue Chongwon was voted in as the second WTF president on June 11, 2004. Readers saw a new governing body, USA Taekwondo (USAT) take over in America. The restructuring and reorganization will be watched by TKD students worldwide, aided by TKD Times. Chaos and disorder was not limited to the WTF. When General Choi passed away in 2002, TKD Times not only reported this sad occurrence, but the confusion it caused with presidential succession in the ITF. Readers were introduced to the three leaders of the now fragmented ITF and told the various stories of how it all came about. Prospective students in New York State (NYS) also read about efforts of the NYS Attorney General’s Office and their investigation into deceptive practices by a Karate chain that engaged in bait and switch tactics, ironically a case I worked on when still with the NY State Police. We have also seen how the ITF and WTF have tried to work together for the benefit of TKD. In November of 2002, the presidents of the two groups had their first meeting. This led to a series of meetings on integration overseen by the IOC, as well as several exchange demonstrations with a team from South Korea going to North Korea and teams from North Korea going to South Korea on two separate occasions. The past three decades have seen some shift in the focus that some apply in their Tae Kwon Do, from self-defense to sport. We have also seen the student population base expand to all ages and both sexes to all corners of the world. The WTF now has 189 member nations. It is estimated that there are some 60 million students of Tae Kwon Do. While the debate continues on as to what TKD is, what is clear is that Tae Kwon Do delivers a whole host of benefits. TKD Times sponsored a series of meetings of the minds, where grandmasters discussed these very issues. Noted pioneers like Jhoon Rhee, S. (Sihak) Henry Cho, Jack Hwang, Han Cha Kyo, Kim Soo, Haeung U. Lee and Y.K. Kim gave salient advice to the readers in this series back in 1990. Other masters’ symposiums and black belt seminars have taken place over the years, dealing with all types of issues with TKD. In 1989, TKD Times named General Choi as the Man of the Year. In 1995, The Encyclopedia Britannica defined Tae Kwon Do and credited General Choi with naming it and being the principal founder. He did not live to see the exchange of demonstration teams between the two Koreas,

or with the U.S., when the ITF Chosun National Team from North Korea toured the U.S. in the 2007 Goodwill Tour. He was given a State Funeral and is buried in a Patriot’s Cemetery as the founder of Tae Kwon Do and as someone who fought against the Japanese occupiers. In 2008, The WTF started a Taekwondo Peace Corp. They sent seven teams to five countries—Russia, Pakistan, India, China and Paraguay. These are all laudable efforts. That work and so much more awaits those still here and those new students who will join the ranks. Students today and in the future have great examples to guide them. Sadly, the last few decades have seen many wonderful martial artists depart this world. The 1990s saw us lose Han Cha Kyo, Ki Hwang Kim and Sang Kyu Shim, an important contributor to TKD Times. This decade in the summer of 2000 we lost Lee Nam Suk of the Chang Moo Kwan. In the fall of that same year, Haeng Ung Lee, President of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) departed. TKD Times lost another great contributor when Jane Hallander passed away on February 12, 2002. Ironically, the world lost the people’s master, Park Jung Tae, on April 11, Tae Kwon Do’s birthday, in 2002. He founded the Global Taekwon-Do Federation (GTF) in 1990. Three months later, the founder of the Moo Duk Kwan, Hwang Kee, passed away in Korea on July 14, 2002. Another original Kwan founder, Lee Won Guk, who opened the Chung Do Kwan in the fall of 1944, passed away on February 2, 2003. His influence was far reaching as he produced so many notable students who shaped the Tae Kwon Do we do today. American Karate legend, Peter Urban, passed on April 7, 2004. That same year, we lost two other American legends, Moses Powell and William Oliver. Hapkido legend and pioneer, Bong Soo Han, also noted for the Billy Jack films, left us on January 8, 2007. No matter the reason you train in the martial arts, please remember that we have more in common with each other than that which separates us. The martial arts can unite the world. If Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee can have members of Congress in the different political parties train in TKD together, we too can unite the world through martial arts! For a detailed timeline of TKD History, visit taekwondotimes.com and click on our bonus content! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George Vitale has studied TKD since the early 70s and was promoted to black belt in 1977. He served as past VP of the USTF and the former NGB for the ITF in the USA. In addition, he was one of 32 members of the ITF Board of Directors, nominated for that position by General Choi. He was also a defensive tactics instructor during his 24-year career as a police unit commander and authored numerous research papers on martial arts and juvenile delinquency. He has traveled for TKD to over 30 countries, more than half of the United States and several providences of Canada. He may be reached at: TKD.research@yahoo.com.

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As a young girl watching the news, my heart began to race as I saw the report of “Killer Bees to Invade the U.S.” Suddenly, my world no longer felt safe, as I thought of swarms of hundreds of killer bees attacking me as I played outside. I immediately shared my fears with others, but nobody else seemed to so much as bat an eye over it! Then Hollywood jumped on it with their horror productions of town after town getting stung to death by these invading bees. Well, they weren’t in my yard that day, or the next day, or the next. Eventually, I found something else to focus my energies on, but I never forgot my horror over “The killer bees from Africa!” Just out of curiosity, I recently googled the ghastly varmints. Seems they did reach U.S. soil back in the early 90s. And it seems that they weren’t out to kill us after all…just mate with our sweet little American honey bees. And they did. Not to say that they didn’t bump off a few hundred people over the course of their continental invasions. But U.S. beekeepers say that they’ve had to learn to live with them, and now consider them part of the honey making process. The Africanized Honey Bee is much more aggressive by nature, much less nurturing concerning their nesting duties, and will gladly chase an individual up to a quarter mile to take their revenge if you make them mad. But it looks like they’re not going anywhere— they too love America. Modern psychologists say that the majority of the stuff we worry about on a daily basis will never even take place. But if they do take place, being able to adapt to a situation is all the differ-

ence between surviving an ordeal and not surviving it. I thought, “Well, that’s a given.” But the truth is, many people don’t embrace challenging situations. They don’t take what they do have and make it work for them. I was recently inspired at a specially challenged martial arts tournament. During the sparring event, a wheelchair bound girl got out of her chair to fight another specially challenged girl who had the full use of her arms and legs. It would seem that the girl that was in the wheelchair would be at a disadvantage, but she actually had the upper hand. That’s because every time her opponent came close to her, she would lay there and kick her in the head. And it didn’t matter which direction her opponent went, she always managed to maneuver her body enough to kick the other girl in the head. Nobody could get near her “Superfoot Wallace” style foot! In martial arts, we teach adaptation, we’ve even learned to work with our own physical limitations. But the question is, are we adapting in every other part of our life? Can we take what we do have, instead of concentrating on what we don’t have and still make it work? Author Tom Bayuk wrote in his book Coping and Prevailing with Multiple Sclerosis and other Life Struggles, “The point I am really trying to make, is to not accept difficulty too quickly. Do not accept an inability to do something too soon. Test the difficulty, test yourself. Perhaps you may be able to overcome it and if not, so be it. The chances are good that you will and at very least you will find an alternative.” With that thought, I am reminded of my husband, who years ago went into the hospital for a double back fusion. “Aren’t you worried?” I asked him. “I don’t worry about things I have no control over,” he replied. It makes sense. Letting go of the things we cannot change anyway, and (barring any abuse) adapting to what circumstances we have before us. After all, even killer bees make honey; you’ve just got to learn how to work with them.

Woman of the Times

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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 atrisk youth through the Salvation Army in Denver, Colorado. For contact or booking information, email her at sabomnim@toast.net.

By Karen Eden

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Black Belt = Leadership By Dr. Robert E. Beaudoin

So, you want to be a black belt? Why? Are you ready for what it takes? Whether you have set black belt as your goal or you have already achieved it, the answers to these questions have crossed your mind numerous times, I’m sure. Rather than play amateur psychologist and attempt to analyze the drive, motivation, and desire to earn a black belt, I believe it may be more practical and beneficial to compare some of the characteristics of leadership and a black belt. For one thing, research has told us that both a black belt and leadership are not a result of heredity. Leaders and black belts are made, not born. Let’s take a look at some of the qualities both leaders and black belts acquire to help make that journey more rewarding and successful.


The primary leadership quality that appears most often in the literature is integrity. This trait stands out in front of all others and both black belts and leaders spend enormous amounts of energy trying to understand and develop it. It’s the one trait that sets great leaders and instructors apart from the rest. Integrity involves ethical behavior, values, and a sense of fair play. Honest people want to follow honest leaders. Honest students follow honest black belts. When an organization or martial arts school, whose leaders and instructors conduct themselves with integrity, that organization and school can make a very positive difference in the lives of its members or anyone coming in contact with them. This results in positive feelings about the organization and studio.

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Optimism Another quality of black belts and leaders that is often taken for granted and not discussed in the literature is optimism. To great leaders and instructors, the future is always a wonderful place. Although we may find adversity and hard work on the way to achieving our goals, leaders and black belts always look forward to the future with great promise and optimism. Followers and students will notice a glow that radiates from all great leaders and instructors. People want to feel good about themselves and their futures, and they want to work and practice hard for winners. People will naturally be attracted to those who are optimistic rather than pessimistic. Black belts who are always spouting doom and gloom simply turn off students, followers, and learners. Leaders like this only de-motivate and cause people to leave. Optimism is infectious. A great leader and instructor can turn an organization and martial arts school from a bunch of naysayers into one that is overflowing with positive excitement and anticipation towards the future. Morale increases and so does the membership. Be an optimist. Let your excitement rub off on those around you.


Excellent black belts and outstanding leaders have no doubt that they can accomplish any task that they set their minds to. What? A student may say this mountain is in the way. No problem. We’ll climb it. Another may say that a vast ocean is separating us from our goal. No sweat. We’ll swim it. Hmmmm...a bottomless crevasse blocking our path? Fine. We’ll leap it. Whatever the challenge may be, we’ll find a way to surmount it. Confident leaders make for confident followers, which is why organizations led by confident leaders are unstoppable. The same holds true for martial arts schools. Black belts that believe in themselves attract followers and students that are motivated to practice. As we know in our training studios, students mirror their instructors and followers mirror the behavior of their leaders. When leaders and instructors display self-confidence, students follow suit, and the results can be astounding. Be a confident black belt leader. Inspire the best performance of your students at the same time you help them to become more confident in their own abilities. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Robert E. Beaudoin is currently a seventh-dan black belt in Tang Soo Do. He serves as the Secretary General of the World Tang Soo Do Association founded by Grandmaster Jae C. Shin. For more information, visit worldtangsoodo.com.

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Heart to Heart

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My dear readers and fellow martial artists,

Congratulations to the brave founders and staff of TKD Times. To start a martial arts publication 30 years ago took a lot of courage. At the time, martial arts were not yet mainstream and there was a lot of prejudice. But now, 30 years later, martial arts have gained an excellent reputation. Let’s look at what has happened in the past 30 years… We got along just fine without cell phones, the Internet, personal computers, and so much more. But was life really simpler then? Perhaps on a superficial level. But all the issues related to human relations seem to be the same as they were thousands of years ago, whether we have E-mails, Twitter, or other modern marvels. Take the power of sound, for example. What is sound? It is a powerful vibrational source which impacts us every minute of every day. Sound comes to us in the forms of conversation, music, and noise. Sound waves vibrate through the air and physically impact us. We hear because our ears have “equipment” that is designed to respond to vibration, but we don’t need our ears only to experience sound. We’ve all had the experience of feeling loud music vibrations literally hitting our body. Here’s something you may not have considered: sound also impacts us through unspoken words, thoughts which we articulate through words in our mind. That is, there is such a thing as inner sound or silent sound, which affects our emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies as though it were external sound. But first, what is external sound? A sound wave is a package of vibrations. When one reaches us, our vibrating energy is affected by the energy of the sound wave, and we experience a positive or negative reaction accordingly. If a particular sound is naturally “stimulating,” we will consider the sound positive if we want the energy for increased activity, and negative if we want to sleep or be quiet. If the sound wave is nonstimulating or tranquilizing, like a lyrical flute, we will consider the sound positive if we want to be quiet, and negative if we want more energy. But aside from our

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subjective feelings about what makes a sound pleasant or unpleasant, it’s important to know that sound carries information besides just the physical sound. Sound is a “carrier wave” because it is something formed and expressed as a result of the emotional and mental intent of the sender. A simple way to see this principle in action is what we call “tone of voice.” I can say the word “yes” many different ways with many different meanings depending on my intent. But we can also see this principle in action in other ways. A neutral sound, such as someone stacking books, may be annoying on one instance and practically unnoticeable in another, depending on the emotional and mental state of the person stacking. The sound will carry the emotional and mental information in that person’s field at the time. This is also a reason why we like certain musicians better than others. It’s not just their physical sound which we respond to, but also their emotional and mental qualities, which ride on their sound. For the same reason, we often find ourselves saying we prefer the quality in someone’s voice over another person’s voice. Deaf people can also get information from sound by feeling vibrations. Some use vibrations in balloons at concerts to feel the music. Sometimes they can “read” sound as effectively this way as the person who hears the audible sound. Animals also have their own way of “reading” sound. Think how some animals respond to subtle vibrations in the air and ground before a storm or earthquake. These vibrations are technically a sound wave. Although many animals pick up this information and act accordingly, these sounds are generally outside the range of human hearing and feeling. Only people with special vibrational sensitivity have been known to feel these vibrations. Sound functions the same way ideas do—as vibrational patterns that affect how matter takes form. This is why the power of prayer, mantras, or chanting has been a formal practice in most religious traditions all over the world since ancient times. Your words, whether spoken or unspoken, do have power because they are expressions of the ideas and thoughts which move and shape the world around you. That is, when people pray or chant to bring rain, they are using the vibrational power of sound to make a vibrational change in their environment. Certain American Indian tribes have been remarkably successful using this method to bring rain so vital to their crops and survival. The practice of praying or chanting before eating in many traditions was more than an attempt to express gratitude. It was a way of imparting higher energy to the food, clearing it of negative energy before ingesting it. When you do this, you align your energies to take full advantage of the food. Since your food is Ki energy, like every other manifestation in the universe, you can impact its vibrating energy with your emotional, mental, and spiritual intent—whether you express it through words like a prayer, a visualization of white light radiating from your food, or simply your “will” that the food bless, heal, and nourish. There are reasons why you prefer food prepared by certain individuals more than others, and some of the reason has to do with the quality of their energy field as they prepare it. Make an effort to prepare your food with healthy energy! The words that you think and say as an individual, as well as the words you share in common with some larger group, have an effect on your energy, the energy of your collective

By Tae Yun Kim

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.

environment, and of course, the circumstances and events which you create with those words. How important it is then to watch your words, to select them carefully, and to guard against putting out “sounds” which are destructive or inharmonious. When words are shared with a group, the vibrational power takes on a force proportionate to the size of the group. That’s one reason why group efforts are often more successful than individual efforts in bringing about some big change or transformation. There’s a saying I give to my students because I know how important it is to their well-being: “Guard your mouth.” Your mouth is a powerful instrument of sound and has enormous power to help or hinder you in your dealings with other people, in fulfilling or obstructing the goals you set, and in directing your energy appropriately in meeting the many challenges of everyday life. This is something you can do right now. There’s nothing to stop you from watching your own mouth and thoughts! Many of us carry on an unspoken inner monologue constantly that reflects our opinion of ourselves and the environment. Take a good look at those words that play in your mind as your inner voice does your thinking and feeling. Are they words you want to see take form as events, circumstances, places, people, or things? Always remember that these inner words are vibrational blueprints which will tend to “solidify” into actual physical experience. You do, indeed, have to take responsibility for your words, because they do have power.

You may believe that “what you think” doesn’t matter; only what you actually say or do. Not so. Again, your thoughts are words, and your words are patterns which take form. Sitting around thinking strongly of how much you hate this certain person, with an inner monologue filled with statements of revenge, will simply create a cloud of negative energy around you that will probably attract these things you are thinking! The other person’s brighter energy state will most likely protect him or her from your ill will and you will be the unhappy victim of such negative thinking. Listen to your inner words. Frequently check to make sure you are talking positively about yourself. If you find an inner monologue that is negative, then you need to consciously stop and consciously create new words to help you on your way, not hinder you. So you see, whether or not we have all these wonderful new technologies, the human mind remains the same. And because of that, always remember, it is your personal choice what you do in your life. You, and you alone, choose your path. May the next 30 years of your lives be the best ones yet! From my heart to yours, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Great Grandmaster, Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!

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Uif!8!Wjsuvft The Way of the Warrior

By Michael Aloia

At times, many of us fantasize about being that ancient warrior, living the life of battles and glory while maintaining balance and purity with all things in the universe. We come to realize that as modern day practitioners of the arts, most of what we believe about the life of a warrior has been romanticized and reconstructed by film, books and of course, our imaginations. Often, we become blinded by the exaggerated fictional stories many of us have come to love and embrace as fact, misplacing our training efforts in a completely unattainable way. For some, living the fantasy is living the life. But for those who are searching for a deeper meaning, a stronger purpose, the seven virtues present a roadmap for self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. The seven virtues were a warrior’s code of behavior, a code of chivalry. These virtues were to distinguish the warrior class from the commoner. They were designed as a manner of everyday living, on and off the battlefields. They defined a life as they defined the warrior who upheld them. The virtues were passed down more by the way of action than by word and created a doctrine of moral principles that are alive today and within each of us. At first glance, the seven virtues appear to be larger-than-life expectations for anyone confronted with the trials and tribulations of everyday life, let alone warfare. How can one uphold these virtues and not be made a doormat for others and the world? Is the impossible being asked? Rather than being etched in stone, the virtues laid out are more guidelines, whereas the interpretations take on a personal connotation for those who choose to pursue them. The seven virtues are a test of character—one’s own character— and this character is being tested each day, with each passing minute, as we are faced with situation after situation. How we choose to act is how we define who we are. These seven virtues teach us to be true to others by first being true to ourselves. What words we choose, what steps we take, the intent behind our actions, all relate to how we interpret the virtues of the way. Being true to one’s self is not selfish or a disregard for others. How do we show respect, compassion, honesty and sincerity to others if we are unable to demonstrate it with ourselves? How do we establish integrity, honor, loyalty and courage towards others if we have not yet established those qualities from within?

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Jessie Vi & Loftin Searcy True Martial Art Warriors


It started with a haircut. In Sarasota, Florida, a young child named Loftin Searcy went to the barbershop. After the haircut, the youth noticed that in that same plaza, a few doors down, was a martial arts school. The young boy wanted to take martial arts his entire life and saw a wonderful opportunity to do so. His mother, Melody Searcy, was not so enthusiastic. She did not want her son to be disappointed again. You see, Loftin had been turned down and turned away from many martial arts schools before. The masters and school owners were not interested in Loftin and saw him as a problem. They did not want to teach him. Loftin is Autistic, has Cerebral Palsy and other medical problems. He could only use his right side; the child could not even walk straight.

He could only use his right side; the child could not even walk straight.

So there they were again, standing in front of another martial arts school, Loftin insisting they go inside and sign him up for lessons. Melody was not looking forward to hearing those saccharin-laced excuses why her son couldn’t learn martial arts, or why they couldn’t have him in their schools, or why he wouldn’t fit in with the other students, or blah blah blah yakety shmackety. With Loftin’s persistent insistence, Melody reluctantly agreed and they entered the dojang. They entered the Tiger Hwa Rang Do Academy, a member of the East Coast World Hwa Rang Do Association, and met the owner, Chief Instructor Jessie Vi. Jessie talked to them and spent a few minutes working with the young man. Afterwards, Loftin had his wish; he had joined a martial arts school and was ready to take classes. Jessie told Melody that the best place for Loftin would be with his four to seven-year-olds. She agreed and they soon got to work. It was at that moment that life changed, not only for Loftin, but for Jessie Vi and the entire dojang. Jessie states that he simply followed the precepts of Hwa Rang Do and the Hwa Rang Do Meng Sae. Here was a young man with a huge heart and desire; he may have to work a little more with him, but so what. “The opportunity to learn Loftin learned discipline martial arts should be for through everyone,” says Jessie. “Not martial arts.

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only did I teach him, but he taught me and everyone else around also. We all learn from him (as he) learns from us.” This took place in 2006. Since then, Loftin Searcy has taken every promotion test and passed. He does all the rolls, falls (though only one side), board breaks, forms, basics; all the requirements for their promotion test despite his physical limitations. “Everyone loves working with him because he tries so hard. He never quits and never gives up. Everyone loves him…Loftin taught me how to never give up; (as it) states in the Hwa Rang Do Meng Sae …’courage to never retreat in the face of the enemy,’” states Jessie. Loftin is a living example of this martial art principle and inspires everyone else around him to do the same. When Loftin started, the first thing Jessie taught him was discipline, “When you have that (discipline), then you can teach anyone anything. I can leave him alone and he will work by himself.” Jessie says, “Here was a kid who wanted what (any other) kid wants, a sense of belonging. He (received) no special treatment. He’s treated like everyone else and he’s disciplined like everyone else. Because he’s (not treated) different (he) gives 100 percent everyday, all the time…” According to Melody, Loftin’s attitude changed. He could now run, instead of always walking. His teachers and his doctors noticed the changes in him, both in his attitude and physically.

“Because he’s not treated different he gives 100 percent everyday, all the time…” Unknown to Jessie, his wife Miranda, Loftin’s mother Melody, and other members of the dojang entered Jessie’s name in the CVS Pharmacy’s annual “For all the ways you care” awards. Surprisingly to Jessie, he was chosen as one of the ten finalists who were all brought to New York City to appear on ABC TV’s Good Morning America. On that live program, the Grand Prize of $25,000 was awarded to Ms. Pat Pumphrey of Massachusetts, who dedicated her life to fostering chronically ill children. The other nine finalists were awarded $10,000 each. Jessie’s teacher, Master Ki Tae Yum, has said that Jessie has a special way with children. He has said many times that Jessie has a good heart, so it was no surprise to him that Jessie was a finalist for the award. For Jessie, the money was not that important, though “it will come in handy.” He says it was a unique and humbling experience to be with all those very special people, all who have dedicated their lives to care for others. He points out that some of the caregivers are handicapped themselves and still give completely and totally of themselves. Partnering with CVS, all ten finalists have kept in contact with each other. Because of his experience with the caregivers, Jessie has implemented community involvement programs at his dojang. In the meantime, Loftin is preparing for his black belt promotion exam in 2010. Jessie and Loftin’s video, The Heart of a Karate Instructor, as well as other stories about caregivers, can be viewed online at forallthewaysyoucare.com.

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6\V^c l^ i] i]Z 6bViZjgh C. M. Griffin holds black belts in several martial arts. He is involved in many facets of the performing arts from stunt coordinator to director. He has written, produced and directed projects for television and for corporations. He owns and operates his own Hwa Rang Do school in Ohio.

Check this out: Not too long ago I was introducing myself to a new class at the broadcasting school where I teach television/video production. I warned them that after taking my classes they would never be able to enjoy watching TV or movies the same way ever again. I mean everything; commercials, music videos, sitcoms, football games, soap operas—nothing! It’ll get so bad that their family members may even ostracize them from the family room when they are trying to watch a show. People will hate going to the movies with them. The reason this will happen is because of the training. They will be trained in camera techniques, lighting, editing, writing, and so on. They will learn how to manipulate an image in order to elicit an opinion or a particular emotional response. They will learn about marketing, demographics, why certain products or ideas may appeal to certain people and how best to reach those people. They are going to learn television/video production. These students will then look at television shows and films in a totally new way. They will appreciate PSAs (Public Service Announcements), certain commercials, television dramas, live sports, news packages and reports. They will even watch a movie they may have seen hundreds of times, but it will seem like new because they are looking at it differently. Once, a student told me that after taking my class they could appreciate the Abbott & Costello movie, Buck Privates, released in 1939. He understood why that movie was one of the highest grossing movies of a classic year for Hollywood films. That year also released such classics as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, Destry Rides Again and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Yet, Buck Privates made more money than all of them. All this understanding and appreciation comes from training. Because of their training, they will be able to shoot their nephew’s fifth birthday party or their grandparent’s fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration and it will look so different from what the uncle who just bought a video camera from the local electronics store would have done. Anyone can pick up a camera and shoot footage, and it may even look good. But a trained camera operator knows how to compose the shot, capture the action, use lighting and basically create something that will elicit a particular response, even if that response is people looking at the video, smiling and saying “Awww!” This also applies to martial arts, especially those who want to make videos and DVDs. At the school, I saw a Tae Kwon Do instructional tape, and the master who had it produced was very proud of it. After some cajoling, some colleagues and I told him why we didn’t think the video was that good, why it probably wouldn’t sell, especially in the national marketplace. We pointed out such problems as bad lighting (there were times when the

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master almost blended in with the background), when doing the hyungs his fist or foot would go out of frame, and some other things. As it turned out, a retired student of his had bought some video equipment to start a new hobby. He bought a lot of equipment (he had an excellent pension), cameras, editing programs, Mac computer, DVD burners; he spent quite a few dollars on this equipment. Wanting to test it out, he volunteered to make this master’s video, cover included. Unfortunately, the end result was okay, but not very good. It was nowhere near professional quality work. I gave this example to that master so he understood what we were trying to say: would he let family members or friends in another city learn Tae Kwon Do or any martial art from someone who learned from books and videos? Maybe they had a fight or two, and maybe they got together with some other friends and worked out. But they had no real teacher, so no actual training in the martial arts. Or would it be better that they learn from a legitimate instructor? Wouldn’t it be better learned from a black belt that came from a legitimate teacher in a legitimate art? The difference is the training. An experienced black belt has the training, they know how to punch, parry, kick, defend, block, throw, land, and put together combinations. They know the secrets, they have the training. They can watch someone sparring, fighting, executing their hyungs, kata or whatever, and can have an honest appreciation for the movements and what the person is doing. Not only that, but an experienced, trained martial artist may also see the mistakes the person makes as well, and may be able to help them do better next time. It’s the training. The same holds true for video production. If you wouldn’t send your family to learn from a self-taught master to learn martial arts; why would you trust recording your martial art to someone with no training? Get a pro to do the job—correctly.

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

Gold Medal Mental Workout for Combat Sports Package

Breaking Unlimited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taekwon-Do and I ( Volumes 1&2) The memoirs of Choi HongHi, the founder of TaekwonDo. Volume One; Motherland; the land in turmoil. Volume Two; The Vision of Exile: any Place under Heaven is Do-Jang Item B043 / $79.99 Now $39.99!

Featured Books Simple Tibetan Buddhism: A Guide to Tantric Living

Zen in Ten, Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth

Chi Gong Medicine From God

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

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

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

How Akido Changed the World Aikido, as a martial art, embraces both the physical aspects of enhancement as well as the spiritual growth of the individual. Each practitioner discovers and journeys their own unique path - gaining a new perspective of the world around them and of themselves. How Aikido Can Change the World is a road map of that journey of discovery. This book discusses Aikido beyond the physical aspects. While Aikido is a physical martial way, its philosophies and peripherals carry over far into a practitioner’s world if proper focus and realization are maintained. The author conveys his expedition of the art gained through personal experience, exploration and integration. Item BPP23 / $19.99

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Training Products & Novelties Double Focus Target Two separate pads are bound together to create a training aid that enables you to actually hear the strength of your kick. A sturdy, elastic wrist band ensures that the target will not leave the holder’s hand. Item K002 / $24.95

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

BOB Training Partner He’s the perfect sparring partner! Practice your techniques and accuracy on this life-like mannequin. Fits on a sand or water filled base, which is included. BOB is made of a high strength plastisol with an inner cavity filled with a durable urethane foam. Weighs 270 lbs. when filled. Made in the USA. One year limited warranty. BOB Item NPP03 / $329.99 Now $280.00 * You Save $50.00 BOB XL Item NPP04 / $399.99 Now $340.99* You Save $60.00 *$10 off S&H if ordered by September 30th, 2009

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

HapkidoGear Cane The New Tactical Cane from HapkidoGear is designed to be the perfect training aid in the Dojang and to meet the requirements of real world usage. Using high tech aluminum alloy and durable powder coating in it’s construction along with sure grip knurling on the shaft, this cane is the most highly developed and versatile available today. Item NPP02 / $75.00

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