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Features 51 Chief Master John Godwin 21st Century Warrior Growing up on the mean streets of Camden, New Jersey, John Godwin didn’t have an easy life, but after a broken collarbone from a fight, he found his way to the dojang and began his martial arts journey through life.
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65 Corea Sword Preserving an Ancient Craft Martial artists around the world have often wielded weapons in battle. Read about the swords of Southeast Asia and how one company, Corea Sword, is making swords using both modern and traditional forging techniques.
68 The Korean TKD Experience Touring and Training in Korea
Aaron Wayne-Duke Erica Linthorst Dr. Dave Nelson Jeremy Talbott Paul Marsala Rick McIntosh
For the tae kwon doist, training in Korea is an experience second to none. Check out beautiful photos from Master Doug Cook’s Chosun Taekwondo Academy Training & Cultural Tour and read the full article at www.taekwondotimes.com.
Contributors Doug Cook Guy Larke Hal Pittman Joe Fiorentino Kenneth P. MacKenzie Norman McLinden Robert J. Ott Robert Reynolds Raymond Bartock Stephen DiLeo Timothy Folkema
72 Keris The Poison Knife of Malaysia Read about this 2000-year-old weapon, its different designs and how it kills its victim in battle.
77 TKD Cross Training for the Young Athlete Cover Photo by Laura Newman Smulktis, LEGACY Photography Vice Presidents Don Wells Eui Min Ko He-Young Kimm General Advisors Jhoon Rhee Jin Suk Yang
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Noble Ties of Friendship
Just as any close ties that form between two people cannot easily be forgotten, the ties of friendship formed in the world of martial arts are strong. These ties create ‘families’ of martial arts practitioners. There is nothing more precious than family, and martial arts training brings together all martial artists into a martial arts family. This ‘family’ consists of some nine million people, whose ethnicity, language, and culture are different, and who come from all countries around the world. They form a martial arts ‘family’, because they have the same fundamental mental outlook. This reality serves to demonstrate the power of martial arts. A child may see other parents more wealthy and intellectual than his own. He still won’t want to exchange parents! Likewise, a soldier will not want to serve in an opposing army, even for better conditions and better pay. A martial artist will not desire to change from his dojang’s martial arts family, either. Martial arts practice is concerned primarily with the human mind and attitude. A student cannot opt for another master simply because another dojang has better facilities, or more athletic instructors and students. Of course, it may be possible to change before the student advances to black belt, but once the student is of black belt rank, the principle of “once the master, always the master” applies forever. The martial arts instructor takes a sort of parental role in the student’s development as a whole person within martial arts. Even if the student’s master instructor has a small school resulting from poor management skills, the student himself can later operate a more successful school. But the student must not lose close ties or respect for his master instructor. A true TaeKwonDo martial artist will serve his master unwaveringly. For a black belt, mental outlook is the most important factor. Next, he must be able to teach junior students. Also necessary, although of least importance, a black belt should display excellence in martial arts techniques. In other businesses, people will not hesitate for a moment to move to another company for better pay and an improved working environment. This is considered to be the natural order of personal progress. But in the world of martial arts, such logic would not apply. In particular, a black belt must have at minimum a mental attitude of a mature martial arts practitioner. Earlier, when I was learning TaeKwonDo, I saw many students who changed dojangs because of poor facilities and crowded conditions. Perhaps these students are still looking for a master instructor! Obviously, if one’s own dojang is closed down and opening a new school is not an option, looking for another dojang is a logical course of action. But, in most cases, the instructor who tied the black belt around the student’s waist is always going to be that student’s master instructor. A second or third instructor can also become his master instructor, but the relationship will evolve in a different way. *This is an excerpt of Grandmast Grandmaster ter e Jung’ g’s la latest ate test boo book, o k, oo k, Be Best B s IInstructor st n tru ns + Best School + Best Life! To find out more m re about mo ut tthe h boo he book, ook, oo k, visit vviis isitt oou our ur sstore ur to at to www.taekwondotimes.com.
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Long Time Columns Now Online
(L to R) Kenpo student Gary Scherer, Instructor Jim Hanna, Instructor Trent Booza and Scott Byrd, pictured with Master Karen Eden and her son.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa—Three long time columns of TaeKwonDo Times magazine are now being featured online at www.taekwondotimes.com. The magazine’s “Heart to Heart” column written by world-renowned martial artist Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, “Stretch Yourself ” by long-time columnist Thomas Kurz and “MMA & You” by Dr. Jerry Beasley will now be a part of the additional content oﬀered online by the magazine. In addition to the long time columns, the Web site also features book, product and movie reviews, blogs by prestigious martial artists and Eastern medicine practitioners, photos and videos, and updated news. Let us know what you think of the site by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ﬁnd us on Facebook. Columnist Pays Surprise Visit to Dojang
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania—TKDT columnist Master Karen Eden made a surprise visit to Jim Hanna’s Kenpo Center in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in early 2011. “Unfortunately I was in town for a funeral, as I had a death in the family. But I wanted to stop in and say hi to Mr. Hanna because I know that he is a senior ranked black belt in the Tracy System of Kenpo,” says Master Eden. Jim Hanna is a seventh-degree black belt and member of the International Kenpo Hall of Fame. He is also a 30 year veteran of the Canonsburg Police Department, who specializes in lethal weapons and firearms training. “I enjoy Karen’s writings because she writes about more than the just the ‘kick and punch’ topics; she writes about character,” says Instructor Hanna. “It was a pleasure to see and speak with her.” Jim Hanna’s Kenpo Center is now operated by head instructor Trent Booza, a thirddegree Kenpo black belt. Kukkiwon in New York
New York City, New York—In February 2011, Kukkiwon President Won-Sik Kang and a small entourage led by Na Young Jip, one of the Section Chiefs of the Overseas Strategy Team, held the first of numerous upcoming historic sessions in Flushing (Queens), New York. The purpose of the visit was to unveil plans for its new Overseas Membership Program. In the past, the Kukkiwon has been the central organization for training and certification processes. The plans call for Kukkiwon staff in New York monumental changes over the next five years, commencing this year. Sponsored by the TaeKwonDo Association of Greater New York, its president, Grandmaster Ben Hur was also recognized and awarded an honorary seventh-dan. (Read more on this story at www.Taekwondotimes.com.)
GOOD DEEDS Hwangʼs Martial Arts Food Drive
Louisville, Kentucky—Students of Hwang’s Martial Arts, Louisville, Kentucky, recently collected 2000 cans of food for Wayside Christian Mission Homeless Shelter. Students brought in #10 sized cans to the school and on December 18, 2010, students loaded those 2000 cans into the Hwang’s Martial Arts bus and delivered the cans to the shelter in downtown Louisville. Wayside Christian Mission houses over 700 people every day. They provide three meals a day to over 1700 people daily. Hwang’s Martial Arts has
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partnered with Wayside for many years and frequently provides canned goods, money and man power to assist the shelter. Last year, Hwang’s Martial Arts students collected 1500 cans for Wayside Christian Mission. Students decided that with the current economy and the increase in numbers of homeless families, they would increase the goal to 2000 cans. And, in true Hwang’s Martial Arts, never give up fashion, they achieved their goal. Wayside Christian mission was very thankful for all of the cans. The donation will help them feed the homeless for approximately two months.
Kettering, Ohio—In January, Total Taekwondo and Fitness of Kettering, Ohio, hosted a sparring exchange featuring exercises and ﬁghting drills from Coach Jeﬀrey Williams, Sr., of XTC Taekwondo in Dinsmore Illinois, and Total Taekwondo and Fitness owner and instructor Christina Bayley, recently named to the USAT coaching staﬀ for the 2011 World Championships. In attendance were over 120 athletes from Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Canada. The weekend of training focused on Olympic Sparring ring management skills, situation and combination drills, and giving athletes the opportunity to train with a variety of sparring partners. GM Choon Mo Yangʼs 40th Anniversary
Columbus, Ohio—On May 2, 2010, Grandmaster Choon Mo Yang celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his arrival in Columbus, Ohio to teach TKD. Grandmaster Yang was born Feb. 10, 1942, in a small suburb of Seoul, Korea. He began studying sword and later switched to TKD and earned his black belt under Master Chong Gil Hong in 1952. On May 3, 1970, Choon Mo Yang arrived in Columbus, unable to speak English and with $1.50 in his pocket. He started by teaching and living at the downtown Columbus YMCA and later moved to a room by Goodale Park. He established a number of dojangs in various parts of town and was invited to teach at the Ohio University Creative Arts Program, Westerville Public Schools, several branch YMCAs all over the city and several other locations. Today, he has numerous classes at over a dozen locations. (Read more at www.taekwondotimes.com.) Defensive Tactics Course
Defensive Tactics Course
Richmond, Virginia—In December 2010, the first Raven Tactical International Defensive Tactics System Instructor Certification Course was held in Richmond, Virginia. In attendance were Instructor candidates from the Virginia Defense Force 1st Military Police Battalion, The Defensive Tactics Instructors for the Richmond Virginia Guardian Angels and Staff Instructors from the American College of Jujitsu & Karate. The course was taught by Raven Tactical International Instructors Fernan Vargas, Officer Brian Johnson, and Master Kevin Cain. Course participants covered the Level One Defensive Tactics Curriculum including weapon retention skills, weapon defenses, compliance and control holds, handcuffing, and ground fighting.
2011 TAO Annual Technical Conference
Oakville, Ontario, Canada—In January 2011, 100 red belt to seventh-degree black belt participants from Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Newfoundland, Alberta and across Ontario descended on Oakville for the 2011 TAO Annual Technical Conference. Technical Director Mr. Mike Morningstar 14 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com 2011 TAO Annual Technical Conference
and Senior Advisor Master Vincent Affatigato took everyone through all 24 patterns throughout the two days. Keeping true to the teachings of the founder of TKD, General Choi Hong Hi, the students and instructors were drilled on correct sine wave and the proper application of techniques. World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Launched in India
Pleasanton, California—Master Scott Seo conducted a five city tour of India to officially launch World Kido Federation in India. Seminars were successfully completed in cities of Bengalore, Mumbai, Pune, Punjab, and Kolkata. Over 400 participants attended the seminars, including Mumbai City Police Swat team and HBSC Security team. World Kido Federation member Masters Nilesh Jalnawala and Nilesh Gadekar and the rest of JSTRC members hosted the event and organized this successful seminar tour. The India launch
Northern Kentucky MA Training Day
Cincinnati, Ohio—In December 2010, in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, a couple miles from Cincinnati, Ohio; Susie Belfus-Jang, Ultimate Tae Kwon Do and Better Bodies Fitness held their annual Martial Arts Training Day. Over 75 martial artists braved the snow to help out a local orphanage and take part in special training sessions with three notable martial artists. Ms. Maia Eubanks drove all the way from Indiana to teach Olympic style Tae Kwon Do Sparring, Master “Doc” Moon held a session on breaking and Sabumnim C.M. Griffin taught developing and utilizing Chi. The seminars were free, however each participant was encouraged Northern Kentucky MA Training Day to bring a toy of at least $10 value. They collected over 200 games, dolls, cars, trucks and action figures.
PROMOTIONS & AWARDS TKDT Columnist Receives Book Award
Warwick, New York—Warwick resident, Master Doug Cook, owner and head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, recently received a Finalist Award for his latest book, Taekwondo – A Path to Excellence, sponsored by the Los Angeles based online magazine, USA Book News. The work focuses on the rich philosophy and virtues of traditional TKD, the Korean martial art of self-defense. Five-hundred winners and finalists were announced in 140 categories covering print and audio books published in 2010. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year’s contest yielded and unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to the final winners and finalists. Taekwondo – A Path to Excellence, Master Cook’s third book, is published by YMAA Publication Center, a 27 year-old Boston-based company focusing on martial arts books and DVDs. Master Cook’s first book, Taekwondo – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, became an instant bestseller and his second book, Traditional Taekwondo – Core Techniques, History &Philosophy became a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s “Book of the Year” for 2006. Cook stated, “I am deeply honored to earn an award of this magnitude. Yet, the feedback I receive almost daily is confirmation enough that I am making a positive contribution to the global Tae Kwon Do community as a whole through the written word.” Currently, Master Cook is working on his fourth book in Master Doug Cook
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conjunction with martial arts pioneer Grandmaster Richard Chun, President of the United States Taekwondo Association. Cook is also a regular contributor to TaeKwonDo Times magazine where he has just completed his 50th column entitled “Traditions.” All three publications are available online and at major booksellers worldwide. ITA Promotes First Grandmaster
Chandler, Arizona—The Independent TaeKwonDo Association proudly announces the promotion of Hector M. Jimenez to eighth-dan and the title of Grandmaster. This is the highest rank ever issued by the ITA, an organization founded by Grandmaster Pellegrini over 20 years ago. The promotion took place on January 22, 2011, at the annual Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with certificates presented by Grandmaster Pellegrini, legendary champion Grandmaster Bill “Superfoot” Wallace and Grandmaster Jeff Smith. Grandmaster Jimenez, who recently retired from the New York State Police, has practiced TKD for 35 years and is the Headmaster of Baek Jool Kwan, GM Bill Wallace, GM Hector Jiminez, GM Pellegrini the TKD style he founded in 2009. He teaches, along with his son Hector Jr., TKD and Combat Hapkido at his Red Hook Martial Arts Academy, one of the most respected and successful schools in upstate New York for over ten years. Brazilian Earns 7th Dan
Pleasanton, California—Grandmaster In Sun Seo of The World Kido Federation recently promoted Master Alexandre B. Gomes of Porto Alegre, Brazil, to the rank of seventh-degree in the Korean martial art of Hapkido. Master Gomes has dedicated over 30 years of his life to martial arts, is the founder of Um Yang Kwan Hapkido and also is Brazil’s regional director of the World Kido Federation and Hanminjok Hapkido Association. WKMAU Promotion
Landover Hills, Maryland—Dr. Joe Parrish, Vice President of the World Korean Martial Arts Union and Grandmaster Furman Marshall, founder of legendary Simba Dojang, promoted William Blake to the rank of sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the Simba Dojang Karate Tournament held in December 2010. Blake teaches Tae Kwon Do at several different locations in the southern Maryland area.
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April T. S. Lee World Taekwondo Academy T. S. Lee World Taekwondo Academy, located in Decatur, Georgia, is the metro Atlanta areaâ€™s premier martial arts school. Owned and operated by Master Claude Sullivan, fifth-dan Kukkiwon, sixth-dan Moo Duk Kwan, second-dan Sun Moo Kwan, under the auspices of Grandmaster Tok Song Lee, T. S. Lee is the only martial arts school in Decatur to focus solely on teaching traditional Korean martial arts. Traditional martial art ideals are reinforced in every class. Students are taught to think first of courtesy and respect inside and outside the dojang; to use discipline and control in their actions; to focus their minds on what they are practicing; and to utilize their knowledge and skills for good purposes. The instructors are all Kukkiwon-certified second-dan black belts or higher, and four instructors, including Master Sullivan, completed the Kukkiwon Master Instructorâ€™s Course, all receiving an international instructorâ€™s license. The staff consistently provides high-quality instruction to the students through a variety of programs and teaching styles.
The Hapkido program, run by Grandmaster James Allison, eighth-dan Hapkido Sun Moo Kwan, focuses on a complete system of traditional Hapkido with an emphasis on self-defense. Classes comprise of kicking, striking, breakfalls, joint locks, throws, and training in traditional Korean weapons such as long staff, short stick, cane, and sword. They also feature the Little Tigers program, a beginning TKD program specially designed to introduce and enthuse four and five-year-olds in martial arts training. By combining developmentally appropriate teaching techniques with activities emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, and coordination, students develop solid basic skills, positive attitudes and good habits while allowing them to progress through the first belts at a slightly slower pace. Every day they instill in their students an unshakable inner core of perseverance, discipline, and honor through martial arts training. At T. S. Lee, they have a saying they take very seriously: a black belt is a white belt who never quit. For more information, please visit us at www.tsleetkd.com Hapkido class T. S. Lee summer camp 2010
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T. S. Lee black belt test, November 2010. Grandmaster Tok Song Lee seated in center.
Master Sullivan using Hapkido techniques in class.
Master Allison teaching Hapkido techniques during a school sponsored seminar.
Instructor Braunsroth teaching roundhouse kick to the Little Tigers class. Little Tigers class
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May Iowa Black Belt Academy Iowa Black Belt Academy of New Virginia, Iowa, is an outstanding school, run by Mr. Mike McCuddin, fourth-dan, who trained at Martial Arts America with Master and Mrs. Don Wells, under Grandmaster Woojin Jung of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The school focuses on the five tenets of TKD—Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit—and encourages its students to be the best they can be. Classes at all the branches are run the same whether there is one student or thirty. This keeps the school’s integrity and demonstrates the respect Mr. McCuddin has for his students. He has an amazing ability to teach TKD with precision and enthusiasm, regardless of a student’s age or rank. He commands respect and admiration through hard work, communication, and above all, his respect for others. Mr. McCuddin encourages his students to be active in their community. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and actively helps his own Mr. McCuddin signing boards after Seth Nostrala & Samuel Wolff tested.
small community by bringing in new students to frequent local merchants. He has also assisted organizing activities for Pleasantville, Iowa, to help support the schools and community. Mr. McCuddin lives the tenets of Tae Kwon Do and leads by example. He will teach anyone who truly wants to be taught. If a student comes to him with a true desire to learn, work hard, and give back to the world around them, he will take the time to teach them, regardless of ability to pay. He is an excellent example of what wearing a black belt should mean.
Black belts doing a demonstration for new students. Mr McCuddin keeping watch over two students.
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EZeeZgHegVn First, pepper spray is a weapon. It may be a less than lethal weapon, but it is a weapon and if misused, the wielder can and probably will be charged with a weapons assault. If used on a person, the police will investigate the incident in the same way as if a knife or a gun were used. Pepper spray is not a plaything; it is a serious weapon and it can kill. As with any weapon, be it knife, firearm, kubotan, pepper spray or taser, it should not be carried until professional training has been completed. This article does not count as training; this is merely a brief overview of the defensive weapon. The broad category of pepper spray is technically called defensive chemical agents. This grouping includes the many sprays seen on shelves today that can be a blend of active ingredients including OC and either CN, CS or CX gases. CN (chloroacetophenone), CS (orthochlorobenzalmalononitrile) and CX (phosgene oxime) are types of tear gases. The blends also often include dyes of either a bright color or UV (seen only with a black light). The dye is included as a means of criminal identification. However, it could also be used to identify the person using the spray since it will undoubtedly blow back onto the hands and arms of the person holding the canister. Mace, a wellknown brand of defensive spray, is an example of a blend of chemical agents, commonly OC and CS. Today the most popular type of self-defense spray is pure pepper spray or OC spray. Both terms refer to the same thing, which is the main component of the spray: oleoresin capsicum. OC is chemical extracted and refined from hot red peppers (cayenne or habanero). There are a wide variety of containers and nozzles for the spray. Some are like small fire extinguishers used to disperse large crowds while others are small enough to attach to a key ring. Each has their application and the nozzle is decided upon at the time of purchase. The stream type is not generally selectable on the device. Each version also has its share of drawbacks.
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CdooaZDei^dch v Mist or fogger: Good for multiple attackers, but there is a sizable risk of blowback. v Heavy Stream: Gives the best range, but requires some accuracy. It is similar to a squirt gun or small hose. v Cone: Good for hitting a single attacker at close range or multiple attackers at medium range. There is a risk of blowback. v Foam: Generally considered accurate at short range with a small risk of blowback. It also covers the eyes in a foam mask or blind. Requires some accuracy. The sprays come in a water or oil suspension base. The Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating is more important than the concentration of active ingredients or suspension.
&%% Z[[ZXi^kZ B^hXdcXZei^dch This first and biggest misconception is that pepper spray is a guaranteed drop. Approximately 5% of people are immune to the effects of pepper spray. Also, people who are hopped up on drugs or alcohol may not feel some or all of the effects. For example, if an attacker is hopped-up on PCP and feels no pain, a pain-inducing spray will not have any effect. Additionally, people can build a resistance to pepper spray and it has been reported that gang members train against it. Pepper spray throws another percentage of people into a rage. This rage can actually make things worse if the goal is to subdue the attacker or if he already has a good grip on the defender. Pepper spray, for the most part, will incapacitate people. This group is in the largest percentage of the population. An attacker will drop what he is doing, grab his eyes, and curl up in pain. The take away is that pepper spray is not 100% effective. The attacker can be immune, it can throw the person into a rage, escalating the confrontation and make it far more dangerous or it can drop him. The challenge is that a defender will never know the effects until the spray is deployed.
Defensive chemical agents are in the category of “less than lethal” defensive weapons. The reason is that they can and have killed people. If the recipient has an allergic reaction or has a respiratory illness, it can shut down breathing and the recipient might suffocate. A few of the tear gases that are sometimes components can cause birth defects if a woman is pregnant or even cause miscarriages. Therefore, pregnant or nursing women should not go anywhere near the stuff. As with any weapon, defensive sprays should be kept away from children. Anyone using pepper spray should be highly aware of the environment. If the spray is deployed in an enclosed space, such as an elevator or within a car, the defender is going to receive nearly the same dose as the target; the defender can unintentionally incapacitate himself or herself. The wind can also influence deployment. It can either blow it away from the target or even back into the defender. There are many considerations when keeping and using pepper spray as a defensive weapon. It can be highly effective, but can also make things worse or even just not work.
Alex Haddox has nearly two decades of combined traditional martial arts training in multiple styles including American Kenpo, Hapkido and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He also holds firearms instructor credentials and is a Level 3 instructor in Jim Wagner’s RealityBased Personal Protection System. His company, Palladium Education, Inc., offers self-defense training to the general public and workplace violence prevention training to the health care industry. Additionally, he is the creator and host of a free weekly podcast called “Practical Defense” that is heard in over 100 countries. To learn more or contact Alex Haddox, visit www.palladiumeducation.com. taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
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Bionic Martial Artist By Robert Reynolds
Robert Reynolds, at age 60, is a newly Robert promoted fourthReynolds dan with the United States Tang Soo Do, Inc. He has had his left knee replacement for just over three years now. His training started when he was 15 in 1966. He started his training in Phoenix, Arizona with TRACO International Kenpo Karate. Jim Tracy was his ﬁrst instructor, a ﬁrst generation master under Kenpo founder Ed Parker, and at that time there were only two martial arts schools in the whole Phoenix area. After graduating high school in 1968, Robert moved to Honolulu and discovered a vast array of martial arts. This is where he began his Tang Soo Do training with the Hawaii Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Association. In 1974, he tore his meniscus in his left knee. He had surgery to remove the meniscus, which would not be considered a good idea by today’s medical standards and led to degeneration of the knee joint and a torn ACL a few years later. After a lot of physical pain and ﬁve knee surgeries, he had to give up the martial arts. Still in his thirties, he was too young for knee replacement. He turned to bicycle riding to stay in shape and keep his legs strong. Finally at age 56, he decided to have the knee replaced. “I was in physical agony and very 26 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com
bull legged. I hated to see myself walk in a store window or mirror as my reﬂection of my walk was so distorted.” His knee would often give out. In April of 2007, he had a total left knee replacement. Just four days in the hospital and six weeks oﬀ from work, he was back to feeling normal again. Then, three months after the surgery, he entered a mountain bike race at the United States Air Force Academy’s Colorado State Games. There was a 50-year-old plus category and he won the gold medal. The next day he went over to watch the Games martial arts events and was motivated to start up his martial arts training again. “I felt so much younger that I attacked my renewed training with a vengeance.” Although his doctor okayed his martial arts activities, he recommended no sparring. Master Reynolds began competing in forms competitions. He won the seniors forms at the 2009 Battle of L.A. in Ventura, California, and was the points season champion for the Colorado Karate Association 2009 senior black belt division. “Without that knee replacement I would now be in a wheelchair.” Joint replacements may not make people legends or as fast or strong as TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man, but they certainly helped Master Reynolds continue his beloved martial arts.
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Smaller Steps By Raymond Bartock
My journey to black belt has taken slightly longer than it would take most people. It was a journey with stop signs and speed bumps. It was a journey that started 37 years ago, and it was a journey that would not end just because I reached my destination. As a child, I was always in a rush to get things done. I would hurry up and finish my homework without checking it because the goal was just to get it finished. I was impatient and not willing to put forth a great deal of effort unless I was receiving an immediate reward. Ray and Master Frederick It was as a child that I had my first flirtation with TKD. I was six years old. I had watched several martial arts movies and thought that it would be really cool. I wanted to break bricks and fight like they did in the movies. I anxiously started my classes and soon was able to test for my first belt. After my yellow
belt, the classes started to get harder. I was told to practice at home, and of course, I didn’t. When my second test came around, I failed. I was devastated and refused to go back. I didn’t want to practice and I sure didn’t want to wait YEARS to get my black belt. I wanted the black belt but not the work required to get it. In school I received good grades but certainly not as good as I could have if I had tried. I just wanted to hurry up and graduate so that I could go to college and then off to medical school. I never really put effort into high school and I thought college would be the same way. I quickly found out that college required effort and I ended up dropping out after my first semester. I found myself without a scholarship and with the realization that in order to get what you want in life you must work toward it. I started off my adult life by working several different jobs. I had a son, bought a house, and had to do a little bit of growing up. I decided I wanted better, so I went back to school. This time I had to pay for it myself. I had to work full-time and raise a child in the process. The idea of graduating seemed far off and I did not know how I would ever be able to do it. In one of my classes, we got into a discussion about a craftsman who made chairs. The craftsman didn’t focus on the final product but instead focused on each individual step. His goal was not to finish the chair. His goals were to choose the highest quality wood, carve each piece, put the pieces together, and varnish the pieces. The chair was not the goal, instead it was the final product of many smaller goals put togethtaekwondotimes.com / May 2011
Upholding the Law
er. This was my awakening. I realized the secret was to not focus on the final product but instead to focus on the smaller individual components that make up the final product. I applied this new philosophy to my life. Instead of focusing on graduating from college as my goal, I focused on doing well on each individual class assignment. The assignments came together to finish a class. Classes came together to become a degree. I graduated from college with honors. Two and a half years ago, I joined TKD with my family at Champions Taekwondo in Nottingham, Maryland. For me, it was a 31-year break between classes. I never thought I would obtain a black belt at my age. I used the same approach I did with college. I focused on each belt until I received that unattainable black belt. My journey to black belt is not yet complete. It is a lifetime journey with new goals and life as the final product.
Ray at black belt ceremony
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Sweat dripped down Joe Fiorentino’s face as the Cook County (Illinois) Deputy Sheriff applied pressure to his younger opponent’s torso, pinning him in side control as he sought to isolate an arm for the finishing kimura, a submission hold of Jiu-Jitsu. Joe’s match with the young MMA fighter had been a back and forth tilt: the younger fighter’s speed and agility pitted against the older Fiorentino’s experience and relentless push for dominant position. In the end, it was the same as all of the other fights—Joe’s fighting spirit was the deciding factor. “Time!” came the welcome cry of the man watching the clock. Joe rose and faced the judges, the assembled masters of the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Moments later, he was awarded his black belt in Combative Ju-Jitsu. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, one of Joe’s fighting heroes and a member of the panel, spoke of Joe’s fighting spirit as “A relentless willingness to engage.” Late one afternoon in July 1959, Joe Fiorentino was born in Chicago. When he was young, he was athletic and liked to wrestle and play football. Besides being a deputy sheriff, Joe is a black belt and certified defensive tactics instructor. He met his wife Heidi in 1997, the same year his path was set on martial arts when he began training in Joe applying rear naked choke on Duane Sharp.
Joe & wife Heidi holding NAGA Championship Belt, Aug. 15, 2009.
and the elderly sponsored by UNICO Chicago South Chapter. Joe’s time volunteering has not gone unnoticed. He was honored to receive The 2009 President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and The NRLO Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. He has also received congratulation letters from first lady Michelle Obama, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Richard Durbin and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. He was also inducted into the Italian American National Hall of Fame in New Jersey. Joe is a highly decorated officer, awarded the 2010 Illinois State Bar Association Law Enforcement Award, the 2010 Cook County Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Public Service Award and a United States Deputy Sheriff Association Commendation Citation. He has been a Cook County Deputy Sheriff since 1997 and currently works in the external operations unit. Joe has used his skills in the line of duty, one time using a o-soto-gari takedown and handcuffed the individual. In 2011, Joe looks forward to The United Stated Martial Arts Hall of Fame National Training Camp under Professor Marty Cale and Sensei John Terry where he again will volunteer to serve as a defensive tactics instructor. He also has plans on fighting in the NAGA grappling tournaments. He says he would not be where he is today without the help of his wife Heidi, Sensei Duane and Sensei Keith.
Judo. In 1983, he joined Shidokan Chicago under Shihan Eddie Yoshimura. Shidokan is the group that lives and trains the way of the samurai warrior, a combination of Goju-Ryu, Shotokan, Thai boxing and grappling. At Shidokan, he was trained and coached by Sensei Duane, who made him the great fighter he is today. His top training partner is friend Bob Whitfield, who is also a martial arts champion. In 2009, Joe joined Takeo-Ryu Dojo under Sensei Ken Keith. Takeo-Ryu students are told “nothing hurts worse than pain” and if you show kindness to your attacker you are being mean to yourself. Takeo-Ryu is a very combative style of self-defense. Joe also improved his grappling by training with Mike Rashkov, who teaches MMA and grappling. Joe volunteers to teach self-defense to kids. He says it’s a way of giving back to the community. Joe explains that kids have a lot of challenges to Joe, Lee, Virginia and Sensei Keith at a MA Demonstration for the kids at Agassiz Elementary School in Chicago. overcome and teaching them defense will build self confidence. He teaches that martial arts are about honor, respect and helping others. Along with Sensei Keith, Joe also sponsors a lowincome after school Judo program for children. He also serves as Principal for a Day, a mentor program for Chicago Public Schools where he goes and meets and talks to kids at their school. Joe is very proud of one student in particular, Kit Conrad, who he helped train and took fourth in the state in high school wrestling. Joe also volunteers to teach fellow officers around the country at training camps that cover things such as stun techniques, ground fighting, weapon retention, restraint control, weapon disarmament, hand-to-hand and situational awareness. Joe is also an instructor along with Sensei Keith, teaching a self-defense class for women taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
Woman of the Times By Karen Eden
8djh^cHiZga^c\ I often write about the Asian side of my family. These are the family stories filled with nobility, warriorship and uncompromising commitment. But rarely have I mentioned “the other side of the family.” That would be my father’s side from the backwoods of Tennessee. I really never had a chance to know this side of the family until I did a search engine on my father’s ancestors, and got a blog reply back that read “Karen, I think that I might be your aunt.” My Aunt Etta’s reply that day opened up a whole new world for me. A world filled with pieces of my life that I would have never been able to otherwise comprehend. Now, after years of family research, receiving priceless photos and finally meeting some of my dad’s side of the family, I can honestly say that I’m in the marginal percentage of Americans who can proudly say, “I am a Japanese - hillbilly.” Now, I understand my unusual attraction to flea markets and tractor pulls. Not that it’s all been easy. These were poor, hard-working farmers who definitely had their share of family issues. When they died, it seems they had nothing to pass down but their name. And for me, the “Eden” name has always carried with it an association of abandonment and heartache. But Cousin Sterling would change that. My third cousin, Sterling Edens (the “s”at the end of the family name would eventually be dropped) was a WWII foot soldier from Mulberry Gap, Tennessee. This 28-yearold would be sent to Germany in 1944, where he writes, “This hasn’t been any picnic over here. I’ve made some narrow escapes. But so far, I’ve made it okay.” I often look at his picture and marvel at how he and his buddies could “pick and grin” during a world war, knowing that any day could be their last day. Finally it was their last day. Cousin Sterling would be captured in 1945, and die a death of uncommon valor in a German prison camp. You see, what I have realized amidst the heartbreak, poverty and discovering that certain relatives weren’t my uncle and they weren’t my cousin, they were actually both, is a revelation that the Eden’s did give me something
valuable. They gave me a name that is associated with honor, duty and even bloodshed. From the revolutionary war, where John Edens was killed by a bayonet, to the civil war where my great grandfather Winfield Scott Stanley lied to be able to join the 21st Division Virginia Calvary at the age of 16, I have a name that doesn’t mean money and it doesn’t mean stability. But it does mean incredible sacrifice, which gave their future generations a chance to live in a free country long after they were gone. I often think of that when I am teaching my Karate classes through The Salvation Army. We are a non-profit Karate federation sustained by the donations of others. Most of our classes are held in the middle of the ghetto, or in forgotten neighborhoods now riddled with gang warfare. These students don’t own the equipment and comforts that a lot of other Karate schools may have. But I want the Red Shield Warrior students around the country to know that they are getting much more than anything “material” could ever offer them. They are getting an association with a name that is blessed and filled with honor. I make sure that my black belts understand that even though their school is on the wrong side of the tracks, they are nonetheless equipped and ready to take their place among black belts from any part of town. And while I eat my sushi and macaroni and cheese and stare at cousin Sterling’s picture, I can’t help but wonder if he ever thought that someday he would be appearing in a Karate magazine. I guess that’s the beauty of great sacrifice. Somewhere down the road somebody’s going to figure it out and have an incredible “aha” moment. For me, that moment surprisingly came out of a town called Mulberry Gap, Tennessee. Sterling Edens (on left) with WWII comrades 1944 photo credit: Fran Curtis
Karen Eden is a fifth-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 email@example.com.
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The Knight’s Way By Guy Edward Larke
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or “Welcome back.” Depending on your goals when you enter Korea, you have to decide a lot of things. They range from visas, residence, living costs, training costs, and that’s not even talking of a social life. A very important thing to consider when mulling over how approaching these considerations is your image. Appearances are everything here. One thing that is certain, foreigners are everywhere here. According to a survey done by a major university, by the year 2020, 10% of Korea’s population will be expatriates. By American standards, that’s not a lot, but for Korea, it’s a big deal. On the positive side, that means more foreigner friendly shops and services. On the negative side, it means we really are a dime a dozen. Every society has stereotypes. In this country if you are a foreigner you must be an English teacher. That isn’t a compliment. I realize many may get upset by this but the teaching profession is a prime example of supply far exceeding the demand. Fifteen or twenty years ago it may have been, but not anymore. Experience is irrelevant as mothers and children both want young and pretty over any other criteria. Private academies actually pay agencies more money for more attractive teachers. The education industry is a bit like the entertainment business; actually, there is a lot of crossover between the two. After three radio interviews and six TV spots, I can tell you that in all honesty.
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 has lived there since then. He lives in Seongnam city with his wife Gi-Ryung and son Alexander. He holds black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Taekkyon, Bon Kuk Kumdo, Korean kickboxing, Karate-do, Wushu, Cheonji-muye-do, and Hosin-sul. Currently he teaches Taekwondo, Karate and Cheonji-muye-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.ca.
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Types of employment: The most common by far is to work at a private institution (hakwon), kindergarten, public school or university. I strongly recommend a university even though the money may not be amazing, the respect is far better. There are strong rumors there are martial art visas in the works but they aren’t set yet. Be safe. Also if you are on a Visitor Visa and get caught working you can be permanently expelled from the country. That doesn’t look good on your resume. If you marry a Korean, then working at a dojang or any other position becomes far easier. If you are truly fortunate perhaps you can get into an actual company (i.e. e. Samsung). Even if it is as an English instructor it would be an ideal position as far as salary, benefits, and prestige. However these are few and far between. A word of caution: A yearly contract with a licensed and legitimate institution (even if it is low paying) is far better than places that have you come in on three-month Visitor Visas.
Foreigners who come in on these are playing Russian Roulette and are quickly replaced more often than the Flavor of the Month at Baskin Robbins. How to get recognized: First, you need to situate yourself in a working and training schedule you can handle. Also, as I’ve been emphasizing, make sure you develop a strong relationship with your instructors. Take every advantage to attend a promotion test (as a guest), tournament, and even area association hwae-sik (late night dinner/alcohol meetings). Lastly, you should find some aspect of the culture, history, or language to interest you. It helps you feel more at ease and shows sincerity on your part. For example, I love cooking and ancient Korean military history. They are good ice breakers. How to sell yourself: Remember if you don’t toot your own horn, no one else will. Get
those business cards made I mentioned last year. Make sure your levels in your chosen disciplines are stated. Perhaps have a portrait added to the corner of your card in uniform. Don’t smile in them though. That’s reserved mostly for entertainers and kindergarten teachers. When you find a niche that feels comfortable, dig yourself deep into it like a tree’s roots. Learn everything there is to know about that aspect of knowledge until even Koreans ask for your advice. It’s easy to look nice, but it’s harder to be respected. Before you know it the TV and radio stations are knocking at your door. Something to think about… Till next issue…
Warren Levi, Long Island, NY, 6th degree
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Joseph Seeker, East Dublin, GA, 1st dan
Bear Loebe, Houston, TX, 5th degree TKD Kevin Nilson, Grosse Point Woods, MI, 5th dan TKD, 5th dan Tang Soo Do, 2nd dan Hapkido Jessen Noviello, Los Angeles, CA, 5th degree Tang Soo Do, 1st degree Karate, 1st degree Kenpo, 1st degree Muay Thai, BJJ blue belt Arkadiy Nepomnishy, Hillsborough, NJ, 4th dan Kukkiwon Richard Wagner, Monroe, CT, 4th dan TKD
James Stahl, Orange County, CA, 1st degree
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Kancho Scott Maczuga, Leander, TX, 6th dan
James Luk, New York City, NY, 4th degree
Jayden Ryu Vergara, Queens, NY Silvio Simac, London / Los Angeles, 7th dan TKD, 5th dan Choi Kwang Do, 2nd dan Kickboxing, 1st dan Karate and 1st dan Combat Self Defence
Jay L.A. Hawkins, Detroit, MI, 1st Kyu brown belt
Jeremy Miller, Imlay City, MI, 1st dan Tang Soo Do, Red Sash- 7 star praying mantis
Sam Diaz III, Stratford, CT, 2nd degree
James Luk, New York City, NY, 4th degree Anthony Maylath, Hopewell Junction, NY, 3rd degree
Chris Pak, Bethesda, MD, 1st degree
Ryan Maczuga, Leander, TX, deputy black belt
Shawn Darnell, South Lyon, MI, 3rd dan Choi Kwang Do
Nic Moore, Crete, NE, 1st degree taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
Nutrition by the Numbers By Erik Richardson
AZhhHigZhh2AZhh;Vi If you were constantly being chased by a sabertoothed tiger, your body would overload and its systems would short-circuit. Unfortunately, for many of us, our busy, modern lives have achieved that scenario to a greater degree than when we were actually cavemen. For us, however, it’s not toothy predators running us down, but the constant variety of crazy demands at work, the juggling of kids, hobbies, errands, and idealistic causes. Whether we are really in danger or just overloaded, our bodies respond like we’re about to be harmed and need to fight for our lives (or run like the wind). We cope the same way, shifting gears to provide a burst of energy, shifting our metabolisms and blood flow, and so on. Because we often remain in this state for prolonged amounts of time, due to chronic stress, the saber-toothed to-do lists put our health at risk by, among other things, increasing cortisol levels. What is Cortisol? There is some misleading information out there about cortisol and the value of various supplements for reducing its effects, so be careful what you believe. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, and its overall role is to help manage the energy needs of our bodies. It moves energy from one form and location in the body to another, for instance by drawing on the fat stores and moving the triglycerides to where they are needed—like hard-working muscles. It also moves fat from other locations and stores it in the abdomen. Under high-stress conditions, cortisol also converts amino acids into carbohydrates to provide protein for energy. This little hormone is also an anti-inflammatory agent which acts to suppress the immune system under physical or psychological stress. How Does it Increase? There are a number of different things that tell our body to release cortisol into the system, ranging from fasting to eating, from waking up to vigorous exercising, and different kinds of environmental stress, as previously mentioned. Studies have also shown that increasing levels of visceral fat (around the stomach and intestines) cause increased cortisol production, and, because this kind of deep abdominal fat has a greater blood flow and more cortisol receptors, the fat-accumulating effect is further enhanced. How it Affects You Too much cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally expeErik Richardson is a Certified Sports Nutritionist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he practices two different martial arts. With graduate degrees in philosophy, education, and business, he is currently President of Richardson Ideaworks, Inc., which specializes in education and corporate training.
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rience. On top of that, both animal and human studies have shown that increasing the cortisol level in test subjects caused increases in appetite, cravings for foods higher in fat and sugar, and additional weight gain. Current theories suggest that it performs this little trick by binding to receptors in the brain (the hypothalamus). It also works indirectly by stimulating the release of other chemicals which have some of the same effects, like increasing your appetite. Having elevated stress for long periods (chronic) can cause several other harmful effects. In addition to the high levels of cortisol, causing more fat to be shipped and stashed deep in the abdomen area, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (elevated lipids), and hyperglycemia (elevated glucose) have also been connected to elevated cortisol levels. What to Do Stress will always be a part of daily living and it is actually necessary for our physical and psychological development. However, in order to manage the stress levels, you need to engage in a variety of well-documented practices that have been shown to reduce stress, ranging from meditation to yoga, martial arts, and boosting your social support network. Too often, those aspects of self-care get pushed down our overcrowded to-do lists, and sometimes fall off the bottom of the list altogether. Nothing hurts your productivity, though, like downtime from illness and injury, so take a few minutes every day and move stress-reduction practices back to the top of your list, and then do them. I enjoy the E-mails you’ve been sending in, sharing your experiences and the questions you ask help to make the education value of future articles better and better. This time it’s not about what you put into your body, but the stress you let out of it, that determines what you can put into your punch.
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By Doug Cook
I]ZEVi^Zci9ZkdiZYEgVXi^XZd[I@9 In his fine book Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge, author and martial artist, Michael Rosenbaum, paints a picture of a young practitioner who feels he is making great progress in his training by learning forms and other techniques from examples viewed on web sites and DVDs. Having taken a full day to master one kata, he was then ready to move on to the next; and not simply the patterns of one style, but those of various, unrelated disciplines as well. Having the enthusiasm of a raging forest fire and the stamina of a plow horse, this young man could not wait to assimilate the entire syllabus of every popular martial art within a few short years. Examined closely, his actions can be compared to that of a stone skipping repeatedly across the surface of a pond, but never penetrating the surface. Yet given the wealth of resources available today, particularly in Western society, coupled with the alarming rate of diminishing attention spans, this behavior is not unique. Recently, a veteran fourth-grade school teacher noted that when she began teaching in 1970 it was prohibitive to schedule an activity for longer than thirty minutes for fear of losing her students attention. Sadly, by the time she retired in 2002, that timeframe had decreased to fifteen minutes. Invariably, the evolution of television and its need to capture the viewer with sensational programming frequently interrupted by a rapid, never-ending stream of commercial messages is posited as being a major contributor to this disturbing aberration. Likewise, the inability to engage in the simple act of reading, as opposed to falling addict to a universe of mindless computer games, has added fuel to this inferno of impatience and distraction. In response, parents and adults alike, recognizing the dangers inherent in this trend, have turned to TKD training for themselves and their children as a remedy to rescue the mind from an abandonment of concentration and focus. For centuries, the martial arts have traditionally been a bastion of patience and tenacity. In fact, it was not unusual for venerated masters of the past to practice not more than four or five kata throughout their entire lifetime, going deep rather than wide in acknowledging the unique combat applications embedded within each form. In 1922, Gichen Funakoshi, a great expert and founder of Shotokan Karate-do, wrote that â€œThe old masters used
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to keep a narrow field but plough a deep furrow.â€? Nowadays, it is not unusual for the first-dan black belt in TKD to perform as many as 24 poomsae including the Taegeuk, Palgwe, Kicho and Yudanja series of formal exercises or, in the case of the ITF practitioner, the entire Chang-Hon set. In truth, many students, mine included, are required to execute even more poomsae than those listed above. Still, we are determined to remain faithful to our chosen art and not deviate from the pure-form curriculum of traditional TKD. It has always troubled me when a fellow practitioner proudly proclaims that they hold black belts of varying degrees in an assortment of martial arts. The act of dabbling in a range of disciplines often signals a failure to focus on the many aspects that combine to give a solitary martial art its distinctive flavor and identity. I am not even referring to MMA which, at least to me, represents a misnomer of terms. Associating the word â€œartâ€? with a loose amalgamation of fighting styles, clearly intended to triumph in the ring at all costs rather than to advance personal enrichment and self-defense, misses the mark of an art entirely. Naturally, this is a contentious viewpoint, one not widely held by others. Yet it is my claim that TKD, at least in its traditional form, is replete with enough details, doctrines, strategies and techniques sufficient to study for a lifetime. No need, in my estimation, to search elsewhere. But the importance of patience enhanced by single-mindedness goes beyond a comprehensive exploration of a single martial art. Because even within the framework of a particular discipline steadfastly pursued, the appeal exists to cut corners and move ahead swiftly. This is particularly evident today with master instructors teaching their advanced students black
belt poomsae beyond their dan level. Even within the borders of Korea, this tendency surprisingly exists. Both my teacher Grandmaster Richard Chun, who strongly urges against this practice, and I feel that poomsae is sacred, symbolizing the complete catalog of TKD technique and philosophy. Feeding a student patterns that they are not yet prepared to accept physically or spiritually is a disservice at best and at worst, a danger to their future training. Naturally, the same holds true for basic technique. I have been in training situations at different locations across the country where white belts were being taught spinning hook kicks even before they were capable of articulating an acceptable front stance; a clear example of expediency trumping the traditional model of instruction forged on solid basics. Nevertheless, the lore to cut through the brambles of labor and arrive at a place only achieved by persistent practice is staring us right in the face with the availability of YouTube, instructional DVDs, related web sites and well-designed, illustrated books. While all of these modern forms of reference are
worthwhile and in some cases invaluable, they must be utilized not as primary sources of instruction, but as an adjunct to daily and often tedious practice. In the final analysis, there is simply no substitute for the direct transmission of martial arts skills from a professional instructor to a worthy, enthusiastic and patient student. All of this distills down to an appreciation for the traditional rituals of learning TKD in tandem with a singular focus and the practice of patience; a word we at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy recite, along with the five tenets, at the culmination of every class. Skipping ahead in technique is certainly tempting, especially given the resources readily available to the modern Tae Kwon Doist amplified by the repetitive nature of martial arts drills. Understandably, it is the nature of our Western mind to crave new and exciting experiences delivered in record time. But that craving, on the part of the student, must be tempered by a patient approach to training encouraged by an experienced, dynamic instructor.
NEW BIO: 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 three best-selling books entitled: Taekwondoâ€ŚAncient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo Core Techniques, History and Philosophy, and his most recent contribution, Taekwondoâ€“A Path to Excellence, focusing on the rewards and virtues of tae kwon do, published by YMAA of Boston. Master Cook and Grandmaster Chun have just completed a new book on Koryo poomsae targeted for publication in 2012. He can be reached for lectures, seminars or questions at www.chosuntkd.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, perhaps the most important concept to consider is the need to choose your techniques in the correct sequence, minimizing excess body movement. The result would certainly be a compression of the time it takes to respond to an attack. To be clear, it would be foolish to sacrifice effectiveness for speed, so the combination must be first, capable of subduing an opponent, even if it is a little slower. With that said, choosing effective combinations that decrease additional movement would improve response time. Following our example, if the defender did choose to counter with hand technique, consider which would be faster: throwing a forward elbow, followed by an immediate backward elbow to the same area; or, throwing that same forward elbow and repositioning with the same hand to execute a reverse punch. In the first scenario, the hips are already “locked and loaded” in position, however, in the second, the defender must take the time to rechamber the hips for the punch. In the world of real self-defense where the difference between life and death is measured in fractions of time, every second counts. While very few of us are born with the natural speed or quickness of an elite athlete, we can all strive to improve our response time for any given situation just by following a few simple principles. Give it a try and you may find that speed is not so illusive.
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Throughout my martial arts career, I have determined there are two undeniable facts about speed and quickness: some people have it; and, I am not one of them! Human beings have constantly pushed the physical boundaries of speed, whether it is in the Olympics, on a racetrack, or in the ring. Modern athletes have the advantage of improvements in nutrition, equipment, and training techniques, all combining to increase performance, including speed and quickness. Take for example Usain Bolt, who, up until an injury several months ago, was routinely breaking the world record in the 100-meter dash. However, most of us “average Joes” who cannot duck into a phone booth and become a superhero, (younger readers are asking, “What’s a phone booth?”), there has to be another solution. Thankfully, speed and quickness in any block or strike can be improved by reducing excess movement. With a few simple adjustments, martial artists can compress the time it takes to complete a technique, thus creating the illusion of greater speed. Basically, there are three principles that apply: proper body position; good choice of technique; and, correct sequence of combinations. When responding to an attack, body position is rarely a choice on the part of the defender; however, once the encounter begins, relative position to the attacker will dictate what counter-attack could work. For instance, if someone were attacked with a classic haymaker and the defender steps close to block the punching arm, choosing a kick as a counter would be terribly inefficient in terms of time. The defender would need to reposition and then execute the kick. Instead, a few short elbows, while close to your opponent, would do the trick. Choosing what technique to respond with is easy to decipher while sitting at a keyboard; but we all know that choice is generally a quick response, which happens in the blink of an eye. With that in mind, try to limit your attacks to a focused area of the body. The premise is simple. Multiple attacks, using the same basic strike to the same area are going to require less time than changing techniques and/or targets.
By Stephen DiLeo
Master Stephen DiLeo is an author, martial artist, and instructor who has been part of the Central Pennsylvania martial arts community for over 30 years. He is a fourthdegree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a first-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and has studied several other arts throughout his career. Master DiLeo is a graduate of Penn State University as well as one of the chief instructors and co-owners of the Altoona Academy of TKD. He is also the AAU Chairman for Western Pennsylvania. Over the last 25 years, Master DiLeo has taught at numerous summer camps, directed many tournaments, and has delivered various seminars. He has created a number of programs including: Dynamic Striking for Combat and Conditioning; Cardio TKD Kickboxing Fitness; and Practical Self-Defense. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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driven this route many times and knew exactly how far it was before he put my bags in the car. All of a sudden the car pulls sharp to the side of the highway. Cars are whizzing by, we can feel their vibration. Thinking there is a problem with the vehicle, I ask what’s wrong. The driver quickly gets out and takes my bags out of the car and sets them along side the road. He tells me to get out, he doesn’t want to drive any further. I really don’t want to get out of the car, but I don’t want to lose all my baggage either. He says he will call another taxi. So there I am standing in the pitch dark with my legs straddling my bag so it doesn’t fall over every time the cars fly by. Afraid to stand too close to the road and get hit and afraid to stand too far back and never be seen by my rescue taxi. After a while, you adjust and just accept that this is the way it is. It does not even faze me when I show up at my dojang anticipating a good workout only to find the door wide open with a sign that reads, “self training today.” The kids have decided that this is a free day, and have stuffed and taped a sparring helmet into a soccer ball. I find a little corner to at least practice some forms. It is hard to focus when I have to keep ducking misguided goal shots. I am hoping that the Instructor does make it in, today is the due date for my tuition payment. As students, we take care to put the exact amount in a nice envelope and present it with a bow in person to our instructor. As a customer with the utmost honor and respect for the owner, I would never dream of paying late. My experience in Korea taught me to be a better customer, which in turn helps me provide my customers with better service in my dojang here. As economic times affect everyone, I keep my attrition low with great customer service. After all, the customer is always right.
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East Meets West
Before I moved to Korea, I was a business owner in America, operating both an advertising agency and a martial arts school. Everyone knows that great customer service is the key to success, “the customer is always right.” Perhaps this translates differently in other parts of the world. While in Korea, I would supplement my teaching income with freelance advertising jobs. On occasion I had to hire print shops to complete my projects. One time the quality of the print job was substandard and I headed to the shop to have them redo the work. My Korean friends were horrified. I was told that I must respect the shop owner, for he was the owner of a company and I was just a lowly customer. They refused to let me complain about the work, instead, they insisted I repay to have the job reprinted elsewhere. I experienced this again and again; the powerless position of being the customer. One afternoon at a beauty salon, I was getting a spiral perm (it was a long time ago). This required over a hundred curler rods on my head. About 3/4 of the way of rolling my hair, the stylist started to let out heavy sighs, as if she just could not go on. She made several comments about me having too much hair, and the job taking too long. It was the same hair I had walked in with, so I was having a hard time feeling her pain. Just then she pulled the little hairs on the nape of my neck into the last roller, and nudged me out of the chair. She handed me a towel, a bottle of chemicals and shoved me out the door. She gave instructions to squirt the chemicals on my hair then rinse off after 20 minutes—or something like that. She quickly locked the salon door and took off down the alley. There I was with 100+ rollers on my head in some side alley in Seoul. With fear of my hair burning off, I set off to find a public restroom. Being Caucasian in Korea drew attention anyway, the giant head of rollers only added more. There were no public restrooms in Korea, I had to use a faucet with a hose in the back of a restaurant. My friends insisted I rinse the curler rods, wrap them in the towel and return them to the doorstep of the salon. Another time I had visited the States and was returning to my home in Korea. I would first spend a few days in Seoul. My hotel in Seoul was over an hour from the Incheon Airport. I flagged a taxi, told him my hotel and we were off. It was very dark, late at night, as I settled in for the long ride. About halfway to the hotel the driver starts complaining; making comments about being tired, not wanting to drive the rest of the way. Being a taxi driver by profession, I’m sure he has
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Growing up on the mean streets of southern New Jersey in the 70s, John Godwin was often susceptible to the negative influences of his peers. He spent too much time with the party crowd, a gang of Maple Shade youth ready to fight and looking for By Kenneth P. MacKenzie trouble, and often finding it. Godwin’s teenage lifestyle led him one evening to a night club in Camden, New Jersey (one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.) where he was involved in a fight that could have proven deadly. Greatly outnumbered, Godwin and a close friend took a serious beating. Regaining consciousness two hours after being clubbed in the back of the head, Godwin found himself face down in the street with welts on his back and a badly broken collarbone. The pain and disappointment from that encounter led him to the phonebook, seeking out a Karate school where he could learn to fight and defend against multiple opponents. He enrolled in Yi’s Karate Institute in Pennsauken, New Jersey to study Tang Soo Do, Moo Duk Kwan and Hapkido from Master Ki Yun Yi, a wise Korean master who is a great technician and mentor. At that point, Godwin began a lifelong journey towards mastery in the martial arts, dedicating himself rain or shine to practice five to six days a week. He arrived at the dojang early, helped with the kids’ classes, and stayed late to train. His dedication did not go unnoticed. His master rewarded his efforts with special attention and advanced instruction. John quickly latched onto martial arts as a way of life, a lifeline to pull him away from the troubled crowd. An academic underachiever, having been held back in two grades, John had always been behind in his school work. Developing self-discipline and the ability to focus on goals changed that for John. In 1981, John graduated from Maple Shade High School, becoming the first person in his family to earn a high school diploma. In just several short years, it was traditional Korean martial arts that took young John from the cold streets to a new path of meaning, advenGodwin with Ki Yun Yi ture and excellence.
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Personal Achievement Knowing that it would give him an edge over his competition, John developed a plan to work harder and practice more than anyone in his dojang. By the rank of green belt, his work ethic started paying off, earning first place awards in tournaments in the tri-state area. Godwin still remembers a turning point, where at Grandmaster Jon Chung Kim’s Keystone State Championship he received compliments and encouragement on his win from several famous Korean masters. He had been noticed, and people would come to know his name and talent. Later, John would go on to become Grand Champion at that tournament and many others. His goals now included becoming a world champion like his hero, Chuck Norris. Godwin knew that if he was to compete effectively as a black belt, he needed to gain as much experience as possible. With proper guidance from his teachers, he was Godwin with Chuck Norris destined for success. In 1982, John earned his black belt and he began to distinguish himself in competition. Earning more than 150 first-place awards, over 500 trophies and numerous Grand Championship titles, Godwin was known throughout the eastern U.S. as a formidable competitor. Following more than a decade of victories, Godwin was inducted into the TaeKwonDo Times Hall of Fame as Forms Competitor of the Year in 1990. Red belt fighting 1981
Opportunity Knocks In 1983, Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin was looking for the perfect full-time chief instructor/manager for Shin Karate, the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) Headquarters dojang in Southern Philadelphia. Grandmaster Shin needed to focus his attention on the growth and development of the newly-founded Association (1982). John was recommended as a likely candidate and was soon hired. The position represented a ‘dream come true’ for John, dedicating his life to the martial arts and being compensated for it. In his eyes, he was compensated first in education, second in motivation and inspiration and third in salary. As a direct student of GM Shin, he was encouraged to study other arts to broaden his understanding and became involved in Hapkido, Kickboxing, Tai Chi, and many other arts. Because GM Shin had been Chuck Norris’ first martial arts instructor, John believed that full-time study with him would help him become a world champion and true master of the arts. Plus, John would actually be getting paid to teach, compete and train. If he was successful at managing the school, his income would grow and so would his skills. He could stand on the shoulders of giants, and have a clear view of what lay ahead. GM Shin taught John how to work hard (12 hours minimum) and manage the school in a professional way. He provided opportunities for growth, and encouraged John to learn all that he could, teaching him to always value the roots, philosophy, and traditions of Korean martial arts. A lifelong bond was created. John dedicated himself to supporting the growth and development of the WTSDA, and has stood ready at the right hand of GM Shin ever since. 52 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com
KMAI In 1986 John sat down with GM Shin to plan for the future. GM Shin explained to John that he was a Big Cup, not a Small Cup. “You are a young man who has real passion and drive. You need room to grow,” He then directed John to search for a good location in the state of Delaware to establish a new school, his own school. In the fall of that year, John opened Godwin’s Korean Martial Arts Institute (KMAI) in Delaware. The following year, he joined the Educational Funding Company (EFC) school management group and began studying studio management from Mr. Nickolas Cokinos, a business guru and the Chairman of EFC. With hard work, business knowledge, focus, dedication, tenacity and time, his school grew. He has since expanded the KMAI to include eight locations in three states. He has also served 15 years as an EFC advisory board member, learning school administration from the Cokinos family and their board of directors. He earned several national awards for multi-school excellence and ambassador awards for contributions to international instructor training. Godwin’s KMAI has produced over 1500 black belts, hundreds of instructors and a large number of qualified master instructors. Chief Master John Godwin takes great pride in respectfully and loyally supporting his teachers, both GM Jae Chul Shin (Tang Soo Do) and DoJuNim Ji Han Jae (Sin-Moo Hapkido). With the success of KMAI, thousands of students have joined and been taught leadership skills. Chief Master Godwin’s schools serve as powerful vehicles in the propagation of both Tang Soo Do and Sin-Moo Hapkido.
When the Student is Ready Hapkido training was always an important part of John’s martial arts training. John’s teachers had taught at a Tang Soo Do dojang on the Osan Air-Force Base in South Korea. Their good friend, famous Hapkido Master Bong Soo Han taught Hapkido there as well. GM Shin had also received HKD certification in the 1960s. When he later started his school in the U.S. in 1968, he would often share the powerful and devastating Ho-Shin-Sool skills of Hapkido, especially with instructors. Once John started KMAI
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Studios, he affiliated with several HKD groups and hosted numerous seminars on the art of Hapkido. In 1997 at the America’s Cup World Karate Championships (held at the Corestates Center in Philadelphia) John and I (Ken MacKenzie) reconnected. I remembered, as a teen, John being the absolute best competitor on the Korean martial arts tournament circuit. We had always enjoyed a level of mutual respect, and John had been somewhat of a role model to me, top-competitor Robert Ott, and many other young warriors. While we had not seen each other for several years, our connection remained strong. Seeing the ‘Korea Sin-Moo Hapkido’ patch upon my chest, John questioned the origin of my Hapkido training. I remember his amazement in finding that I was studying with Hapkido Founder “DoJuNim” Ji Han Jae himself, and had been since he had moved to the U.S. in the mid 1980s. Days later, I introduced him to my teacher, DoJuNim. Little did either of us know that this would change our lives significantly. John enjoyed his first private lesson, although painful, with DoJuNim at my dojang in Voorhees, New Jersey, and was awed by the skills and concepts taught. A special bond formed immediately, and John dedicated himself to learning all he could from DoJuNim while the opportunity presented itself. There is a saying that goes: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” John had always wanted to further his Hapkido skills, and he referred to this newfound relationship and opportunity as a “gift from the heavens.” John soon began hosting weekly private instructor seminars with DoJuNim Ji Han Jae at his school in Delaware. To date, Godwin has hosted over 300+ instructor seminars with DoJuNim, more than anyone in the world. As DoJuNim Ji Han Jae announced at the International Hapkido Summit, Chief Master John Godwin, Chief Master Scott Yates and I have enjoyed more ‘mat-time’ with DoJuNim than anyone in history. DoJuNim Ji has generously shared all of his skills with us over the years. Based on his ability and dedication, DoJuNim has ranked John as one of the top Hapkido practitioners. Today, John continues to serve as a loyal supporter and close advisor to DoJuNim Ji Han Jae’s World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation (WSMHF).
Going Global Martial arts brotherhood has lead John and I to travel the world together. In 1999, John was selected as a member of the U.S. Hapkido Team to compete at the World Hapkido Games in Mok-Po, South Korea. Both Dr. He-Young Kimm, founder of Han Mu Do, and I had confidence that he had the right stuff to compete and represent well. It was the first time that we were on the same team and representing our country. John went
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on to win two Gold Medals and a Silver that year. We enjoyed being part of delegations led by Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm again in both 2002 and 2005. At the All-Korean Martial Arts World Championships (Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea) in 2002, John competed in full-contact fighting. Wowing the crowd of thousands with his trademarked jump spinning back-kick, he had fought his way to a Gold once again. This win marked a high point in John’s career, representing both his teachers GM Jae Chul Shin and DJN Ji Han Jae on an international playing field. He was also proud to have represented Dr. He-Young Kimm, whom he considers one of his most important teachers as well. (Dr. Kimm, one of the world’s leading martial arts grandmasters and historians, has written some of the most authoritative books on Hapkido Three legendary grandmasters, Dr.Kimm, Jae C. Shin and Ji Han Jae and Korean martial arts). In 2005, both John and I accompanied Dr. He-Young Kimm and TKD Times Publisher and CEO, Grandmaster Woojin Jung on a historic trip as Ambassadors to North Korea for TKD’s 50 year anniversary. Together with Dr. Mark Fabi, Chief Master Scott Yates, and a group of our highest ranking student instructors, we performed the first ever Hapkido/Sin-Moo Hapkido demonstration in Pyong-Yang, North Korea at the TKD Palace. In addition, John and his team gave an outstanding Tang Soo Do presentation. The tour was a success, and much international goodwill was established. The chance to travel with and learn from such a wise scholar and Grandmaster had proven a great experience. Dr. Kimm taught John that in our journeys we have many teachers and we learn different things from each. As John will tell you, “In life you are indeed a very lucky person if you have had one wise master. I have been fortunate enough to have had several.” With these legendary teachers, John L. Godwin indeed “stands on the shoulders of giants,” carrying on the torch and leading the martial arts into the 21st century. Since becoming chief instructor at WTSDA headquarters, John has traveled throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. As Director of GM Jae Shin presenting 2010 Master of Year Business and Finance, he has facilitated business and studio management trainings each year, helping the WTSDA grow to over 400 active schools in more than 40 countries. Having traveled as an advisory board member for EFC, he has coached thousands of instructors. He has been a demonstration performer at many World Tang Soo Do World Championships, and has taught HKD and TSD in mainland China, Japan, South Korea, and beyond. Taking all of this into consideration, along with over 30 years of substantial commitment, the WTSDA board of directors selected John as Master of the Year in 2010. taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
Into the 21st Century His sincere gratitude towards his wise teachers manifests itself in a deep commitment to build and carry on their legacy. He plans to follow in their footsteps, while also blazing new paths. Keeping busy throughout the year, John hosts 24 management workshops annually in Delaware, and 52 instructor classes at his KMAI dojangs. Participating in WTSDA and WSMHKF events and seminars, he will lead the next generation of John Godwin family & Dojunim Ji Han Jae masters and instructors in pursuit of even higher standards of black belt excellence. Now age 50, the Chief Master will be an honored guest-instructor at Chief Master Robert Ott’s 2011 Super Summer International Korean Martial Arts Seminar in Olympia, Washington this August. Whether it be spending quality time with his family (children: John Jr., Ali, Madyson, Aspen, Arden, and his mate Christina), training sword techniques in the mountains of South Korea, practicing an ancient form with the monks at the Shaolin Temple in mainland China, competing against the best of the best in the main ring at Madison Square Garden, or teaching and training his own student masters in Delaware, Chief Master John Godwin is more than at home wearing his ‘martial arts skin’. Godwin has attained the pinnacle of what a martial artist aspires to become. With this being said, the journey continues, and the best is yet to come. Keep your eye on this 21st Century Warrior. To read a list of Chief Master Godwin’s accomplishments, visit www.taekwondotimes.com For more information check out: www.KMAIweb.com www.WorldTangSooDo.com www.WorldSinMooHapkidoFederation.com The author Ken & John ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Grandmaster Ken MacKenzie is the President of the World Sin-Moo Hapkido Federation. Having been elevated to tenth-dan by Hapkido Founder DoJuNim Ji Han Jae in South Korea (June of 2010), Ken has enjoyed sharing his lifelong pursuit of martial arts excellence with friend and colleague Chief Master John Godwin since the days of their youth.
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The Art of Hosting an Event By Chief Master Robert J. Ott Edited by Ann Damerau
I remember the first martial arts seminar I attended—the information was spread via word of mouth and only three days before! Surely, we have come a long way. Through my decades of studying Korean Martial Arts, I’ve been fortunate to attend numerous seminars, many which were led and instructed, by some of the most well known practitioners in the world. As pleasing and informative as these events were, there always was something that could not be ignored—the atmosphere. This was determined by those who led and created the event. Sometimes, the atmosphere was very good, but sometimes, it was very negative. This inspired and allowed me to understand how to do a better job in making fellow Moosa feel more welcomed and respected at the events I hosted or instructed. It was during my years of teaching, when I realized, no matter what levels I achieved or who I was teaching, I, myself, was always learning. I’m very happy to say that, especially over the Seminar 2009 Super Summer International Korean Martial Arts
Seminar with GM In Hyuk Suh in Long Island, New York
last two decades, I’ve been in a position to notice that a very special few leaders are embracing very positive changes in martial arts leadership and how it is taught and shared. I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with and observe people such as Grandmaster Kenneth P. MacKenzie, Grandmaster Rudy Timmerman and seven others who I have entitled “Movers & Shakers” (See the July 2010 cover story of TKDT.) The leadership that these grandmasters demonstrate is based not only on respect for others, but also on a genuine willingness to support, encourage and also acknowledge the talent and positive attributes of other martial art warriors, their students and their schools. The generosity in spirit and sharing demonstrated by them enriched the experience of the students and it became clear, positive energy that built each seminar to the top. Through this positive energy and sharing of respect, I began to realize, what was often missing in past seminars. In 2009, I hosted my first Super Summer International Korean Martial Arts Seminar. I stepped back and utilized what I already had to make this event come together. My first goal was to carefully select the special guest instructors. I wanted only those who were not just good at what they do and how they teach, but were from different organizations, and who, most importantly, respected and appreciated others—those who treated others as they wished to be treated. Needless to say, two out of the seven Special Guest Instructors were Grandmaster MacKenzie and Grandmaster Timmerman.
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Next, I chose the subjects to be taught. I wanted the studies to be everything, from techniques that focus on mastering the mind, body and weapons, to learning to draw from the Ki energy and spirit within. Within the teaching time, it was vital for me that participants walked away with a vast amount of knowledge which only bettered their passion. Instead of our seminar teaching that other organizations have faults within each other or defending who and what they are, we utilized the opportunity of sharing what the strengths and purposes are of fellow practitioners. Going further, we included classes on how to host a seminar, how to market and better the business of his or her dojang, and how to put together a tournament for all to enjoy. As a result of my positive approach, the 2009 Super Summer International Korean Martial Arts Seminar was a huge success. It had participants from five different countries attending and more positive spirit than I have ever witnessed in my 30 years of practice. I, without ever asking, received a testimony from every single martial artist who was involved in this event. The compliments, from both the attending students and instructors, did not stop at just what was taught on the floor. The entertainment, lodging, food, transportation, promotions, friendships and brotherhood became just as valuable. During the event, centered along the back wall of the gymnasium, where the instructional part of the seminar took place, were five large banners of each of the Korean Martial Art organizations that supported this event. The 2011 Super Summer Seminar, that I am hosting, will be held in the month of August and located at a large campground with cab-
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ins and classrooms. The location will be at Summit Lake in the state of Washington. Having owned a beautiful lake house at this location for the past five years, I have learned how to enjoy all of the fun filled activities which an environment like this can offer. These will range from swimming, water sports, ATV rides, BBQs, firepits and hiking. The surrounding area offers peace and quiet beauty, with the interesting and amazing sounds of numerous animals living in this natural haven. This is truly an atmosphere that can bring happiness and contentment to all participants. This yearâ€™s gathering will consist of a minimum of eight grandmaster and master instructors, over 30 hours of teaching, speaking engagements, awards and entertainment, three different types of certification, guests from Korea, three meals per day and lodging in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I then had to decide on how to price this seminar. I have been a businessman for many years and it is clear that business is no different than having a set of dice in your hand and strong belief. But it is also clear, that offering a good product and a good service for a decent price is the winner. With the economy being at the level it is for us, both nationally and internationally, a decent price is one that is recognized and valued. However, it is even more recognized and appreciated if a high level of quality is included in the price. With this in mind, anyone who hosts an event like this must remember that first is passion and love for the art and second is money. So, my approach has been to lower the price, offer package deals, family discounts and market the product. I am truly honored to be hosting and putting together seminars such as this one, as it is designed for all ages and rank.
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By Sabumnim Sab abum um umni mni nim m Gu Guy Ed Guy Edwa Edward dwaard d Larke Lar arke arke ke What comes to mind when you think of a traditional craft or skill? Ceramics, weaving, calligraphy, paper making, blacksmithing, and painting come to mind readily. You can see exhibitions and displays of such things throughout the year in most towns, cities, and even countries. Sadly most people have a very narrow vision of what constitutes a “skill” or an “art.” When one mentions the sword maker, the first things that spring into people’s minds are badly done martial arts movies, online games and fantasy novels. These artisans are seen as the unattractive necessary evils of the plots of these mediums. There are no films depicting the sacrifice of the sword maker and the components he must bend to his will. The best you get is a 30-second montage. The relationship between the maker and user in media seems to be a parasitic one at best. Warriors became upper-class citizens or folk heroes whereas smiths stayed in their shops without even a nod. Beowulf, Theseus, and Arthur are legendary heroes, but you never hear about the souls who put their heart, blood, sweat and tears into fashioning their implements of justice. Is it any surprise that during Japan’s many invasions of Korea that sword making masters were among the many artisans the Japanese brought back to Japan? As a result Japan’s artistic culture blossomed, while the Joseon Dynasty’s artistic and martial culture plummeted (not that many people noticed). With the Joseon’s tendency favoring scholarly and financial pursuits it may not have been seen as a big loss. From even the Three Kingdoms Era, the small kingdom of Gaya had refined its iron metallurgy to such a high quality that it sent its knowledge to China and Japan. In fact, one of Gaya’s swords was presented as a gift to one of the Mongolian Khans during that era. Perhaps the Japanese katana owes a lot to Korean sword 64 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com
Chief Master Robert J. Ott posing with his custom made Hwarang-style sword made by the company Corea Sword.
An ancient Korean painting depicting traditional blacksmithing techniques.
makers. Who knows? One thing is for certain, the two cultures influenced each other heavily whether either side wants to admit it or not. At one point, during the Im-jin-wae-ran War(1592-1598) in the Joseon Period, Korean swords went from straight, double-edged thrusting blades to curved, singleedged cutting implements. From the old days, Korean people were referred to as Dong-ee-jok, especially by the Chinese. This meant a tribe good at archery. For centuries, Korean soldiers focused on the bow more than swordplay. However, a leader usually had a sword at his waist and rallied his troops with it. Also, those who did train in swordplay trained their body and mind as they readied themselves for battle. Later the Japanese developed their own sword making skills to a much higher level. At that time, the Joseon Dynasty was eschewing the sword in favor of the pen. Many have tried to rediscover Koreaâ€™s unique weapon forging legacy to become frustrated in the end. No one thought those skills and processes were worth documenting. Even now, Japanese and Chinese texts have to be researched to rediscover Korean skills.
One of these questing masters was Master Hee-Wahn Moon. He and his wife Yun-Hee Rah founded a unique company, Go-re-yuh Do-Gum (Corea Sword), selling elegant and aesthetic steel swords for sword masters and collectors. Master Moon, a Kumdo expert, wanted to combine the best methods of both his nation and Japan to make the ultimate sword. This led him and his wife on a quest to find a sword maker who could use both modern and traditional forging techniques. They Renowned Korean bladesmith Seong-Ho Lee pounding what will soon be a swordblade.
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Sharpening a blade to perfection on a specially chosen wet stone.
Checking the sharpness of the blade.
found renowned expert Seung-Ho Lee. With him they built a factory where every blade is done with love and care. No mass production employed here. Together, the three are trying to revive and internationalize this long lost art. There are a number of Korean documentaries on these amazing men and Master Moonâ€™s son, Joon-Ki Moon, who is apprenticed under a Japanese sword master. Master Moon has a beautiful showroom which he operates with his wife and a private dojang in the center of Daejeon city in South Korea. He is very proud of his collection of Korean, Japanese, Chinese and European weapons. Their company however specializes in yuek-guk-do (six-angled blade) used in the cutting of bamboo and the samguk-do (three-angled blade) used in the cutting of straw targets. He is trying to open a branch in America to compete internationally. Hopefully this will also revive Korean pride in a long scoffed at art.
Anyone outside Korea interested in these swords can contact Chief Master Robert J. Ott at www.certainvictory.com or Guy Edward Larke at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a video on the swords made by Corea Sword, visit www.taekwondotimes.com.
All art on the blades and scabbards are done by hand. Even on the crossguard as can be seen here.
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Samples of various blades produced by Corea Sword.
The Korean TKD Experience Touring and Training in Korea By Master Doug Cook www.chosuntkd.com
For the tae kwon doist, training in Korea is tantamount to a ballet dancer practicing in Moscow with the Bolshoi—the experience is second to none. And so, every three years since 1994 I have lead an elite group of students and colleagues on the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Training & Cultural Tour to the epicenter of the Korean martial arts. In the past each excursion oﬀered its own unique set of adventures and challenges. Accordingly, we have never been disappointed. Yet the 2010 expedition, our most recent, promised to be a particularly exciting event based largely on a comprehensive itinerary featuring visits to legendary training facilities and exotic Buddhist temples located high in the southern mountains…
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The cave shrine at Golgusa Temple
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Master Cook (left) practices the middle block with his students at the Kukkiwon.
Master Cook (right) presents his new book to Kukkiwon president Won Sik Kang (center). Kicking drills at the Kukkiwon Grandmasters Chun and Kang review valuable Moo Duk Kwan documents.
Master Cook practices Original Koryo at Bulguksa Temple, South Korea.
Grandmaster Gyoo Hyun Lee leads the class in basic drills.
A front kick at the Kukkiwon
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The Chosun 2010 Tour group at Incehon International Airport after an 8000 mile flight.
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The Poison Knife of Malaysia By Sabumnim Guy Edward Larke
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Exotic martial arts are commonplace nowadays. What Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris did in the 70s, continued into the 80s, 90s and the 20th century. Now, we are enamored with the Brazilian arts of Jiu Jitsu and Capoeira, Thailand’s Muay Thai and Russian Sambo.
Public Perception With the 70s Kung Fu craze and the ninja fad of the 80s, cinema introduced a myriad of exotic weaponry to the world. Thanks to Grandmaster Dan Inosanto and a few others, we were exposed to the blinding fast sticks and knives of the Philippine martial arts. Today, Southeast Asian fighting arts and weapons are slowly getting a chance to be viewed and respected in the martial arts world. Flashing back a few decades, we were not always so fascinated with exotic weaponry and fighting skills. The only time we saw Asian weaponry or clothing were in the possession of blood-thirsty killers. Samurai swords and katars (Indian punching daggers) were the tools of the barbarians that threatened American GIs. If the square-jawed hero used a weapon, it was a trusty handgun. A blade was viewed as cruel and primitive, while the firearm was civilized. If you remember in the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, a Middle Eastern warrior started a sword hyung in front of Harrison Ford, who casually pulled
Parts of a Silat (Malaysian martial arts) form using a keris
his gun and BANG, just like that, martial arts are dealt another low blow. It is a fact that martial arts are becoming more popular in the Western hemisphere, but we are also largely ignorant to many truths. As martial artists, we need to reeducate ourselves as we directly affect the martial arts for this and the next generation (as so eloquently stated by Chief Master Robert Ott). Movies like Merantau and Tony Jaa’s films are introducing more exotic weaponry as opposed to those found in the 70s and 80s. What I’d like to introduce to you is a weapon traditionally seen in the hands on thugs in cheesy movies—the keris (kris).
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Grandmaster (Cikgu) Azlan Ghanie demonstrating in Holland.
This unusual and exotic weapon is employed in various Malaysian, Indonesian and Philippine arts, most notably in the Malaysian art of Silat. The weapon is fast and devastatingly effective. Its history is almost as old as the country of Malaysia itself, with remains of this ancient weapon having been discovered that date back over 2000 years. These weapons of war were not only lethal implements, but were signs of power and authority. To this day the nobility and many government officials wear ceremonial kerises as a symbol of tradition, authority and sincerity. Traditionally they were in possession of those who dwelled within or were in the service of the palaces. The common people were forbidden to carry such objects. It has been said by many masters that you did not â€œdrawâ€? a keris, it drew itself. The legends surrounding the weapon and the warriors (pendekar) that employed them rival those of the Shaolin easily. Legends say that if trouble approached a master, the knife would rattle in its scabbard in warning. These implements were not given out randomly. To be allowed to wear such an item was a badge of honor, compassion and loyalty, a far cry from the stereotypes that existed in the outside world.
Four Types of Knives Although each blade was unique, they were classified in four ways: 1. Keris kua: This blade was more like a sword. It was many times wielded like one as well. This was typically found in the hands of royalty or great military leaders or heroes. 2. Keris burita: This was the typical length found in the scabbards and in the belts (often on the backs) of most fighting men. The pistol-like grip was employed to good use in punchinglike motions or deceiving, hypnotic, slashing patterns. 3. Sistukar: This basically means a straight blade. The anak alang became known as a longer, thinner blade. 4. Lok: This defines the famous, multiple-wave or snake-like blade design seen in most movies. Although there were spiritual reasons for all things related to the weapon, there were very practical reasons for the design. The waves 74 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com
were always an odd number. The reason is if you hold a keris in your right hand and thrust, the point would pierce the target at an inward angle. The waves were meant to be fearsome and inflict vicious cuts that would enable the poison employed to work much quicker.
The Blade & Poison The blades were made primarily of five or seven pieces of special iron called “pa”. The pistol-grip handles were made of special varieties of wood. The handles often had various designs on them or jewels (in nobility’s case) or they could be simple, without ornamentation. While the heated iron would be in the smith’s fire, special wood was used that had a poison in it. This gave the blades an added lethality requiring only slight slices or stab wounds to induce fatality. This was compounded when warriors added cobra venom to the blades before battle. Due to the complexity of the weapon, it would often need repairs. So many old kerises were a mix of the work of several craftsmen, that each blade was truly a unique weapon. A keris must suit the individual. The length is especially crucial when obtaining one. When a person is measured, his thumbs are used one after another like a ruler along the length of the knife. If the end of your thumb rests against the point of the blade then it’s right for you. If not, many believe it should never enter your home, since the energy from the blade would not mix well with yours. To find a proper one today, it is best to find a Silat master who can introduce you to a keris maker. One I can recommend is Master Azlan Ghanie, my own teacher, brother in the arts and good friend. He has a very good reputation and can be found on Youtube.com, Facebook.com or by calling him directly at 60-12-332-6723.
The King of Malaysia holding a keris before him.
A traditional Malaysian exercise class called Senaman Tua taught by GM Azlan Ghanie.
GM Azlan Ghanie teaching a finger lock as part of the unarmed aspect of his family’s system of Silat. taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
7.'&URVV7UDLQLQJ IRUWKH<RXQJ$WKOHWH By Hal Pittman
As the world’s most popular martial art, Tae Kwon Do claims millions of practitioners, many of whom are in the U.S. Multiple TKD organizations give players opportunities to compete across America, and the largest national and junior Olympic meets draw thousands of competitors. At the 2010 USA Taekwondo (USAT) Junior Olympics in Orlando, many youth sparring divisions featured 20 or more competitors, all vying for a Gold medal. In this competitive landscape, how should preteens prepare themselves for the rigors of Olympic sparring competition? Does the best conditioning for sparring occur in the dojang? Off the mat, what types of training and conditioning do winning coaches recommend? There are probably as many opinions on youth conditioning and cross training for TKD sparring as there are successful coaches, but most coaches agree that sports requiring explosive movements are ideal in helping preteens to prepare for the rigors of sparring. Dr. Krista Austin, a physiologist and nutritionist with USA Taekwondo (which oversees the training and placement for the U.S. Olympic Team), thinks the key is to keep an athlete’s interest sparked in TKD, but also for coaches and parents to focus on more holistic athlete development. “Youth Tae Kwon Do athletes should be working on developing the ‘technical and tactical wheels’
of sport participation,” she says, “and a young person’s power, agility, speed, and reaction time will increase significantly between the ages of 10-15.” To get that “multi-lateral development,” Austin suggests that youth should participate in a variety of sports, while continuing to develop TKD skills. “Sports that rely on explosive movements and hand-eye coordination are excellent,” says Master Dennis White, 2007 USA Taekwondo Coach of the Year and owner of U.S. Best Taekwondo in Largo, Florida. “Team sports build camaraderie, are great cross-training, and are about having fun,” he says. In his dojang, White places significant emphasis on different types of conditioning to prepare both his preteen and his older athletes for competition.
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Master Charles Park, head coach of Team Park Sport Taekwondo in Norfolk, Virginia, cycles his team training to ensure his youth athletes peak for national competition each summer. Park is shown here with two-time USAT national team member Emmanuel Fountain.
“Agility is important so competitors can move around the ring,” he says, “and we do a fair amount of strength training as well—push-ups, sit-ups, squats, leg-lifts, sprint training, and Pilates/yoga exercises to develop tendons and ligaments as well as muscles.” White includes plyometric training at the beginning of each team training session to help with explosive power. For the younger players, he mixes in athletic games, like dodge ball and tag, to keep it exciting. “For the younger kids,” he says, “I don’t want them to know they are training. I want them to have fun.” Eddie Yoon, the head of USAT national programs, organizes USAT’s annual Taekwondo Athlete Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center, where coaches focus on developing athletes from the grassroots level on up. “Along with working on sport specific elements and physiological attributes,” Yoon states, “youth athletes should understand that it takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication to develop the skills needed to reach a world class level. Therefore, it is important that coaches adopt a long term approach to athlete development and help manage the expectations and goals of their youth athletes to ensure that they stay motivated throughout the process.” The long term approach is exactly the training strategy espoused by Master Charles Park,
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head coach of Team Park Sport Taekwondo in Norfolk, Virginia. While Park recognizes the benefits of cross training for players, he doesn’t necessarily recommend other sports for all of his athletes. Park has coached 17 national champions and more than 30 national medalists in the past six years from a relatively small sport TKD program. “Everybody’s Tae Kwon Do program is different, every athlete is different, and the question of whether the athletes should participate in other sports depends on that athlete, their abilities, their parents, and what they want to get out of Tae Kwon Do,” Park states emphatically. “Sports with explosive movements that require hand/eye coordination, running, stopping, cutting and jumping, like basketball, football, and to a lesser degree gymnastics, help develop agility and body control. “We train all of those areas, but it is sportspecific to Tae Kwon Do,” he continues. “An athlete has to be in premiere shape to compete at the highest level in sparring. To execute a single move requires speed, power, technique, reaction time, agility and flexibility. Our training at Team Park is done in a structured, disciplined and challenging manner that focuses on core strength, and we use a system of periodization to peak for nationals each year.” Park’s philosophy is that ultimately, sparring is the best training to prepare for an Olympic sparring match. Fast footwork, being able to change direction quickly, and delivering a kick with speed, power and accuracy is important, and he places emphasis on that early in the competitive season. Building reaction time through sparring with an Taekwondo camps, like the annual USA-Taekwondo Athlete Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, help develop conditioning and sport-specific skills for TKD.
opponent and learning to overcome anxiety in the ring is something that is developed through sparring practice over the competition season as players work toward peaking. “Look at the training of top boxers,” Park states. “The early stages of their training cycle are devoted to conditioning, and that graduates toward more ring time as a championship fight approaches. As we peak our training for nationals each year, we focus on ensuring fight time for our players and rounding them out with the finer technical aspects, while maintaining fitness levels.” Still, many TKD coaches admit the difficulties in keeping preteens and teens focused on sparring training for long periods of time, so “mixing it up” may be in order. One such coach is four-time national champion Master James White, from Tampa, Florida, who conducts “extreme conditioning” outdoor training at a local park for members of his Mr. White’s Taekwondo competition team. The outdoor training includes a heavy aerobic component and plyometrics; with a boom box pumping high energy music, James White leads his students through circuit training on stadium steps, kicking paddles while running and climbing hills, spinning kicks in sand, and resistance training with exercise bands, alternating with pushups and sit-ups in the Florida sun (and sometimes rain). Mr. White’s Taekwondo often has a dozen or more students in these grueling twice-weekly sessions, and parents sometimes join parts of his class for the aerobic workout. The rest breaks in these
intensive training sessions may find team members working through poomsae as a group to ensure their movements remain crisp, even in the midst of maximum physical exertion. “This preMaster James White, of Mr. White’s Taekwondo, Tampa, Florida, conducts outpares them door training two to three days a week to do battle,” year round to increase his students’ James White cardio and mix up the training. says with a half smile. “This is how our warriors condition their bodies and their minds.” Another trend in youth physical conditioning is strength training. While parents of the past may have avoided resistance training for preteens, youth strength training is gaining popularity, partially because medical researchers and coaches have demonstrated its competitive and health advantages. In a 2009 medical research paper on children’s strength training published in Sports Health journal, authors Katherine Stabenow Dahab, MD, and Teri Metcalf McCambridge, MD, FAAP, write: A long-held belief by many clinicians was that strength training is not effective in children until they have significant levels of circulating testosterone, which is needed for muscle hypertrophy. Studies have demonstrated that children can improve strength by 30% to 50% after just 8 to 12 weeks of a well designed strength training program.1 The researchers also attack the idea that strength training might be dangerous for preteens. One misunderstanding concerns strength training and growth plate injuries. Participation in almost any type of sport or recreational activity carries a risk of injury. A well-supervised strength training program has no greater inherent risk than that of any other youth sport or activity.2 1 Strength Training in Children and Adolescents: Raising the Bar for Young Athletes? By Katherine Stabenow Dahab, MD, and Teri Metcalf McCambridge, MD, FAAP. Sports Health journal, May-June 2009, vol 1 no. 3, p 225. 2 Ibid. taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
Mike Craven, owner of Mike’s Olympic Gym in Richmond, Virginia, agrees wholeheartedly. “Done correctly,” he states emphatically, “youth strength training is safer than playing soccer.” Craven has trained preteens and teenagers with weights for nearly 30 years, including a number of national powerlifting record holders and 12-year-old Evan Pittman successful high school augments his TKD training with speed-strength training, and college athletes. He is and holds 19 world records in competitive powerlifting. He quick to point out that a also participates in springknowledgeable coach, the board diving, track & field, athlete’s ability to focus on and wrestling. exercise form, and a proper program starting with light weights to develop core and lower body strength are “musts.” “We’ve been very successful with youth athletes,” Craven says. “The key is to build the right foundation early, with proper exercise form, slow, controlled negative movements, and a focus on core strengthening, to prepare the body to handle heavier resistance later on.”
The past ten years or so have also seen the emergence of speed and performance coaches and gyms that combine plyometrics, weight training and speed exercises in pursuit of increased power and agility. Many of these facilities cater to youth and high school ages, as well as collegiate and professional athletes; one example is IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which hosts year-round camps focusing on increasing athletic performance, and sport-specific camps. While parents may consistently seek to find the “perfect” synergistic sport for their preteen TKD players offseason, the truth is that many sports help develop quickness, agility, flexibility, reaction time, body control and power, and will likely aid performance in TKD Olympic sparring. From soccer, basketball, and track and field, to gymnastics and springboard diving, the key is to keep cross training efforts and competition in other sports upbeat, fun and interesting—while still working to develop the sport-specific skills of TKD. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hal Pittman has earned AAU Taekwondo, USA-Taekwondo, and Positive Coaching Alliance coaching certifications and normally trains with his 12-year-old son three days a week for strength and conditioning.
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This first segment of a three-part series discusses useful and unique ways to use common dojang equipment to keep training fresh and stimulating. Just about every martial arts school that wants to grow makes some effort to invest in equipment, education, and new training techniques. In fact, the same could be said for individual students that are serious about advancing their rank and skill level. Buying the latest in training equipment has a number of positive effects. First, the obvious result is that proper equipment used in the correct way can significantly help a student to improve his or her technique. Second, using equipment instead of people can add realism to training drills without risking injury, for example, hitting a heavy bag. Third, for the school owner, investing in new equipment from time to time can demonstrate that the business is growing and students have an opportunity to use newer technology in class. The case for why to use martial arts equipment is a slam dunk; what may be lacking is the knowledge of how to use it in a way that generates results and keeps instruction fresh. Let’s face it, an instructor’s number one challenge is to teach the same material month after month without it getting stale. For the most part, the number one reason students quit coming is boredom. But repetitive training, while not always fun, is essential for students to mas82 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com
ter a particular skill. Unfortunately, instructors often follow suit by repeating the way they teach that skill, causing lessons to be uninspired and monotonous. The saying I like to use is, “Same soup, different kitchen.” In other words, instructors need to teach the same thing, but in a creative, new way. How can they do that? Taking advantage of gym equipment and using it correctly is one of the best ways to break up the normal routine and re-invigorate a class. The air shield is likely one of the most common pieces of equipment. Very often instructors use it to simulate the large target area of the human mid-section, primarily the chest and abdominal region. Although there are many drills that employ the air shield, this article will outline three, in particular, to spark the imagination and help instructors to think outside of the box.
5QBM$>@H5FAB-F@H The step-back side kick drill is a sparring drill designed to help students learn how to defend a charging opponent in the sparring ring. In the world of point sparring, one of the most common attacks is the blitz, where the attacker lunges forward rapidly in an attempt to catch the opponent flat-footed. A good counter to this is the step-back side kick. The defender must retreat backwards while chambering and exe-
cuting a side kick at the mid-section of the oncoming attacker. The air shield is an excellent tool to help train for this scenario. The drill requires two people and roughly the same amount of space needed for one-step sparring. Initially, the individual attacking should line up across from the defender one to two feet away, approximately the same distance between two fighters during a match. The defender should be in a side fighting position with one leg forward as would be the case in the norTwo students line up for the drill. Note the defendmal point match. The attacker takes the air shield and should er in a fighting position and the attacker holding the shield at the side. also start from a side posi- Four students line in the form of a cross, each tion in stance that allows holding an air shield. The attacker is positioned at the center of the cross. him to move forward quickly; however, the air shield’s side, not the face, should be pointed at the defender. On the instructor’s command, the attacker lunges directly at the defender while turning the face of the shield Upon the instructor’s command, the attacker lunges directly at him simulating Upon the instructor’s command, the attacker forward while turning the shield. The defender begins striking with hand technique in all steps back and chambers for a side kick. an exposed mid-section. directions, at his discretion. After one minute, he will kick the shields; and then finally, The defender quickly for the third round, he will mix hand and foot jumps back, chambers, technique. and then executes a side kick at the air shield. Students can alternate the roles of attacker and defender. The difficulty of the drill is really dependent upon the initial starting distance; the further the distance, the The defender executes a mid section side kick. easier it is to defend the charging shield. As students become more comfortable with the drill and begin to master it, the starting distance can be shortened, allowing less reaction time.
(LRO%LOKBO%LKAFQFLKFKD Perhaps one of the most persistent problems for any instructor is to motivate students to get in shape and to maintain that fitness. Clearly, one of the goals of any physical activity is to provide health benefits in the way of whole body conditioning; however, teaching technique is not always aerobic, especially when a new skill is involved. One drill that can help requires five students and four air shields positioned in four corners (actually positioned in the shape of a cross). The space needed is about ten square feet or approximately the size of a small sparring ring. A single student is placed at the center of four classmates, each holding an air shield. The students with the shields should position themselves in the shape of a cross, one in the front, back, and at each side of the person in the center, at taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
a distance of approximately two feet away. Each student will complete three rounds in the center with each round being 30 seconds to one minute. On the instructorâ€™s command, the student in the middle will students line up. The holder turns the air begin randomly striking all four air shields with hand techniques, Two shield horizontally so the targets are visible. The for a specific time limit. Once the round is over, the same student attacker positions to strike the shield. attacks the shields with kicking techniques, adding jump kicks to increase the aerobic value of the drill. The final round (you guessed it) would include both hand and foot techniques. Once a student completes all three rounds, he or she will take the place of one of the holders and the drill begins again. To lessen the intensity, instructors may choose to allow a rest period between each round. Conversely, the difficulty of the exercise can be increased by adding time to each round or by having the holders randomly adjust the angle and height of their air shield. While three total minutes does not sound significant, doing this drill will make a believer out of anyone!
(L@RP For striking arts, few things are more important than good focus. After all, how good is the best possible technique if it misses the target? Too often, especially with lower ranking students, focus drills concentrate on one strike at a time, when, in reality, combinations are the key to landing blows in the correct spot. Although air shields have a large striking surface, with a slight adjustment this piece of equipment can present multiple targets at one time. Simply turn the shield lengthwise (horizontal) and apply a small piece of duct tape in three locations in a straight line across the face, spacing them about one to two inches apart. Next, use a permanent marker to number the tape to identify each location for the drill. Students will need to be paired up using an area similar to that needed for one-step sparring. The student holding the air shield will need to adjust by positioning the shield sideways instead of the more common vertical position. While this Air shields are used for a combination drill by using duct tape and a marker.
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When the instructor is ready to begin the drill, he or she shouts out a three digit combination (1-32). The attacker strikes the air shield in the same combination, using two jabs and a straight punch.
drill can be utilized for kicking technique, it is primarily effective for hand strikes. The instructor will predetermine and tell the student doing the strikes what techniques are allowed, for example, a jab punch, or a reverse punch, or both. From this point, using the numbers printed on the shields, the instructor begins the drill by shouting a sequence of those same numbers. Students respond by striking the shield using the number pattern to create a rapid combination. Obviously, the key is to hit the air shield on the correct number in the correct sequence. The drill could also be done with a single technique or with the instructor demonstrating a specific combination. Perhaps the biggest benefit of this type of training technique is that students learn not only physical accuracy, but mental focus as well. Using equipment in the dojang is a terrific way to shake off the boredom that is inevitable with daily class instruction. Students will appreciate the change and learn new ways to sharpen their skills while having some fun as well. For instructors, that means increased attendance and students that are more motivated and re-energized during class. Honestly, what school would not want that? The only thing stopping you is some equipment and a vivid imagination.
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By Timothy Folkema
Five years ago, Benjamin Evans of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand dreamed a dream. It was to give a helping hand to those in society who needed it most, and to this end started a TKD program for special needs students. Today, it is becoming increasingly known around the world and has been recognized by Prof. Dr. Chang Ung, President of the International Taekwon-do Federation.
4DA3PQ@AJPO In 2005, Ben was a young, determined student of TKD. An opportunity came about through his high school’s physical education class which allowed Ben to teach his martial art to a group of students, two of which had Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism disorder. In 2006, Ben’s dream moved forward to a class assignment in which he could promote physical education via a self-designed
program. The options were endless, and Ben could have chosen any path, but his ambition remained clear. He chose to integrate special needs kids in with his life passion of Tae Kwon Do. This decision proved to be the catalyst for something beyond Ben’s imagination. Today, you can find 20-year-old Ben, a seconddan, still pushing onward with his personal routine. His own training and instructing over 12 classes a week, means that TKD takes up most of his time. Don’t be amazed though, as it’s almost all he thinks about. The spare moments that he does find are used to design websites. The number of students he instructs is nearing one hundred, and well over a third of those students have conditions such as Down Syndrome and Dyspraxia, a disorder which affects motor skill development, while others have been diagnosed with varying degrees of autism. These students reap all the benefits from the martial art, from Johann Landkroon, William Askew, Michael Donavan, Aaron Garnham and Benjamin Evans
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rent affairs show, Close Up, and their story on Ben and his work was viewed by the nation soon after. Students with all disabilities competed in their own events as well as in mainstream events, for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Later, chocolate was given out as they had run out of medals. This was proof to the nation of New Zealand that not only is Ben Evans a remarkable instructor, but his kids are remarkable students.
strengthening h their h verbal b l and d cognitive skills, k ll to fitness, flexibility and brain coordination. However, the most important benefit for these kids is being appreciated and accepted and being part of a brotherhood and team. “They can really feel a sense of not being judged inside of a training hall because of a disability or who they are,” says Ben. Ben has proven that TKD can be beneficial to anyone with intellectual or physical disabilities.
.AS:A=H=J@ On March 20, 2010, two days before the fourth anniversary of Ben’s club, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Championship was held. This was no ordinary event. As well as the regional championship, the first special needs ITF TKD championship was held—the first in the world. A film crew was present for TVNZ’s (a national television channel in New Zealand) award-winning cur88 May 2011 / taekwondotimes.com
Continuing in the national spotlight, Ben appreciates that the world is not made up of only New Zealand, and he is pressing on with promoting his program worldwide. What better place to promote, than at the ITF World Championships in DPR Korea in 2011? A documentary on the preparation for this journey is being screened at film festivals the world over. As well as competing himself, Ben will be heading a five-member special needs demonstration team set to perform team patterns and a self-defense routine at the competition. This team already has support from senior ITF officials, and Ben hopes this little spark will become a flame on the world stage. “The purpose of taking these students to DPR Korea will be to influence other countries to set up what I have done here in New Zealand,” says Ben. His greatest desire is for the program to spread worldwide, and become a norm within the ITF TKD community. With his connections to the Special Olympics, Ben hopes that it won’t be long before kids from his program will compete. Ben explains, “I want the Special Needs Taekwon-Do to expand to
the Special Olympics for a number of reasons. It would promote the concept that ITF is very good for all special needs students around the world. It would increase the growth of ITF as the amount of practitioners grows. Special Needs Taekwon-Do would continue to evolve and, I believe, would be well supported by Prof. Dr. Chang Ung and the rest of the senior ITF officials. I want the world to understand that special needs students can be part of the TKD culture. TKD is all about improving the well being of everyone. I see what TKD has done for my students and I just know that this trend will make world changing history. It will ensure that ITF will have an ever-expanding reputation. â€œSpecial needs students representing their country at such a big event in the world would be very good for their self-esteem. Showing the people in the world, who have no idea what they can do, that they are just as good at TKD as anyone else. It would be good for the parents to feel that their child is doing something that the whole family would be highly proud of.â€?
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15 TaeKwonDo Times Society Banquet to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Come meet the publisher and staff of TaeKwonDo Times magazine and network with many elite martial artists. Also, participate in the golf outing the next day. To learn more visit www.taekwondotimes.com or call 800-388-5966. 21 Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards to be held in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Learn more at www.itma.us.
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Ashley Rising to the Challenge By Norman McLinden
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”—Helen Keller Most school kids have read about Helen Keller, the blind and deaf American author, educator and champion of social justice. I remember having to do a book report about her in fifth grade. I thought she was unique and I walked away impressed. When I first met Ashley Gorzelany, I had the same thought. After attending Ashley’s black belt test, she definitely left a strong impression on me. She is a living example of what rising to personal challenges is all about. Her instructors and her fellow students personify martial arts. As Helen Keller said, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” How does a visually impaired person find their way into the demanding world of the martial arts? For those answers, let’s begin at the beginning and get some insight from Ashley’s mother, Maryann Gorzelany.
A Mother’s Perspective “If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.”—Brian Tracy, author and motivational speaker Ashley’s mom explains that her daughter was born prematurely. At birth Ashley weighed one pound four ounces. This resulted in the birth defect of being blind. Maryann never flinched at dealing with this challenge. Like parents everywhere, she tried to find what activities her daughter liked or loved to do. Ashley experimented in chorus and track, but Ashley felt she never quite “fit in.” Maryann knew of martial arts and was curious if this could be an avenue of growth for Ashley. Would it be possible for her daughter to take martial arts? By phone she contacted approximately five schools. All the school owners were anxious to enlist a new student. However they virtually slammed the door in Ashley’s face when they found out she was visually impaired. One school owner even commented that Ashley “would be a danger to his other students.” Ashley kicking. Keeping balance and sensing distance are important factors for the seeing-impaired.
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Maryann’s thoughts on that were, “If that is your attitude, Ashley and I don’t want you either.” There is a marked difference between someone who happens to run a martial arts school and someone who is a great instructor. A great instructor would seize this opportunity. A true martial arts instructor is willing to share their gift with students, no matter what the challenge. Luckily, Maryann was able to find that true martial arts instructor. She had conversations with a coworker, Chris Osborne, who happened to be a black belt in Hapkido. Chris suggested that Ashley and her mom meet his instructor, Grandmaster Charles Ehrentraut.
Enter Grandmaster Charlie “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”—Chinese Proverb Grandmaster Charles Ehrentraut, owner of American Hapkido in Seymour, Connecticut, agreed to meet with Ashley and her mom to discuss her training. As GM Charlie states, “I had a tender conversation with Ashley and her mother. I explained I had never taught a person who was blind. This is an adventure. We are going to learn together.” Ashley’s mother states, “Grandmaster Charlie couldn’t have been more welcoming. He opened his wings and embraced us as part of the school’s family.” It is one of those moments in life when you realize you have come to the right place. GM Charlie’s strategy was, “I helped Ashley realize there are no limitations in her training. It is all about visualization. It is not just your sight, it is your senses. I would narrate the techniques as she practiced, helping her to visualize what she was doing and opening up her other senses such as hearing and feeling.” As GM Charlie notes, “Ashley had a profound effect on his school. In my school, we all work together. Training with Ashley crushed the barriers of peer pressure. We were all learning a different way. All the students wanted to spend time with her.” Ashley was finding a place where she fit in. A proud group of students reach their goal of black belt.
Ashley finds her way “What I am looking for is not out there; it is in me.”—Helen Keller For Ashley, the beginning training was both easy and very difficult. Ashley felt her confidence grow with basic strikes and kicks. Hapkido escape techniques complimented her self-assurance. The hardest part of her early training was “breakfalls.” Imagine being visually impaired. Your main objectives are to maintain your balance and not walk into things. Now you are being taught to disrupt that balance, go free fall, and land safely. Any martial artist can relate to the discomfort of breakfalls, but they can see where they are going to land. For Ashley, it is like stepping off a cliff into a fog. As Ashley explains, “You know the ground is coming but you don’t know where it is!” Ashley stayed with it and went through the ranks advancing to red belt. Like many students, Ashley was pulled in other directions. She started attending college and took a break from her training. After a period of time she ran into one of her instructors, Ellen Reichelt. They taekwondotimes.com / May 2011
had an encouraging conversation and Ashley was determined to return to her Hapkido training. In martial arts, there is always the unspoken goal. It was time for Ashley to achieve that goal. Ashley buckled down for some intense training. It was time to go for her black belt. The day of her test arrived. GM Charlie had put together an impressive testing board. The rank examination team consisted of his instructors, Master Gary Baylor of Family Martial Arts, Cheshire, Connecticut, and Grandmaster Dave Wheaton of Hapkido Grandmaster Charlie holds a board as Ashley blasts a sideInternational, who flew in from Santa Clara, kick, visualizing the location of the board. California. This was going to be a grueling test. Ashley and her fellow students were responsible for self-defense, throws, breaks, and free sparring. Ashley and her partners excelled in all the testing requirements. One impressive segment was called the Dynamic Circle, where the student is attacked repeatedly. Ashley used all her senses to defend herself from continuous attacks. She states she cannot see an attacker coming, but can feel a ‘change in pressure’ from the attack. It was one of those tests where one can witness a student’s body, mind, and indomitable spirit coming together. There was not a dry eye in the house as Ashley was presented with her black belt. So what were the factors that led up to this triumphant day? Best to let Ashley tell you herself: “Why did I want to be a black belt? A part of me wanted to be something that very few visually impaired people have ever done. I wanted to be the best person I could be. I wanted to prove something to myself and the visually impaired community that anything is possible. “I wanted to find the confidence, the passion, the fire in myself. I wanted to become someone I could be proud of… I finally realized the depth of confidence I was hiding, finally realized I was holding back a lot of stuff in regards to training. Ashley is presented with her black belt by I was holding back myself, and during the test, and after, Grandmaster Dave Wheaton. everything just melted away, all the doubts, all the problems, all of the things holding me down just vanished.” Well said Ashley, spoken like a true black belt and martial artist. It was a proud moment for me to witness your test. I am sure the whole Tae Kwon Do Times community is also proud of Ashley rising to the challenge of becoming a black belt.
Please send her a note of congratulations through her instructors and friends at AmericanHapkido1@aol.com. Find out more about Ashley’s school at www.americanhapkidoct.com. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Master Norman McLinden is a seventh-dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He holds a fifth-degree black belt in the Joe Lewis Fighting System. McLinden is the owner and Master Instructor of NorthEastern Tae Kwon Do Academy, located in Bellingham, Massachusetts. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Last Word
By C.M. Griffin
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: martial arts lore is filled with ancient masters. White-haired or completely bald and rail thin or with huge bellies; their movements are smooth and flawless. There is absolutely no wasted motion in their techniques. They seem supernatural in their abilities and lack of effort to execute techniques. They are filled with wisdom and share that with anyone they deem worthy. Familiar representations are George Lucas’ character, Yoda, the Jedi master in Star Wars or Yuen Siu-Tien, who played the old master that teaches Jackie Chan Kung-fu in the superstar’s early movies. He is also the most recognized portrayal of the legendary character “Beggar Soo.” Many martial arts systems have masters and grandmasters who are up in age. They are part of the “old guard,” traditional martial artists who were taught by the founders or are the founders. It is a privilege to be trained by them. They don’t hold regular classes anymore, but have workshops and seminars. They might wear street clothes to hold the workshops or have exquisite uniforms reminiscent of a monarch’s robes; or they’ll be in the same old uniform as everyone else, but their belt is so old and frayed that you are not sure of its color. It also seems to be held on their waist by a hope and a prayer. When these unique men demonstrate techniques, it is so flawless, so perfect, that it is beautiful to watch. It is amazing to see them still active and performing at an advanced age when most their age are content to sit and watch life. They still do incredibly precise kicks and punches. Their throwing techniques and joint locks are effortless and smooth, yet quite painful for the recipient. They are testaments to the martial arts lifestyle; embodiments of the tenets, discipline, courtesy and hard training. What about the generation after them, the ones in their late 40s and early 50s? Well, there is a problem. A lot of them have physical defects such as joint, nerve and muscle damage. One of the most glaring problems is arthritis and it’s buddy, joint replacements; knees, hips, shoulders and so on. A surprising amount of martial artists in this generation have difficulty walking, let alone doing a form. So, what happened? In my opinion, the problem is multi-pronged. First and most prominent was the younger generation’s quest to prove themselves to be as good and as tough as their Asian counterparts. They did things they didn’t realize at the time would cause them long term damage. I remember back in the 70s watching a class go through throwing techniques without mats. They were practicing on a basketball court. The teacher actually said that mats were silly, if you were ever attacked and thrown, you would never have the benefit of a mat. Well, in the ignorance of youth, they (and I) believed him. Many martial artists, especially Tae Kwon Do practitioners, performed full power kicks to the air—going full hip and striking nothing. There are things that were done because we were young that now we realize were unhealthy for us. When in the “full flower of youth,” you believe yourself to be invincible, invulnerable and so on. We often ignored sage advice from older and wiser individuals and did what we thought needed to be done. Another problem we had as youth was “rushing things.” Regardless of activity, when we suffered an injury we often returned to play too early. We didn’t give our bodies the time
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needed to properly heal. We felt good and were back at it. The hubris of youth is now replaced by the wisdom born of chronic pain. I’m guilty of that too. I had a total hip replacement due to football injuries and ripped my groin three times in a two-year period and well, went back to training way too early. My teacher had us doing things that I questioned mostly due to the “toughness” factor. After punching makiwara boards and “punching through sand,” he had us put on this foul smelling ointment (a Korean form of Dit Ja Jow) on our hands and knuckles. We also used it on our legs after strenuous kicking. Believe me, this stuff smelled so bad it would make a rotting corpse hold its nose. But because we did it, none of us have arthritis or joint (outside of my hip) problems. One of the benefits of getting older should be the blessing of knowledge and experience. How many times have we heard the adage “work smarter, not harder”? I’ve heard many an older tournament fighter say that they’ll let the “young kid” do all the jumping and fancy techniques and then simply step forward and punch them. Simplicity and ease of execution of technique is the key. That is one of the blessings of age and experience. But a lot of masters do not practice that in their dojangs. It may not even be a matter of being able to do a particular technique, but rather, it may not be necessary for you to execute the technique. Sure you may be able to jump a flying side kick, you may still do it in special demonstrations; but it’s not necessary for you to do it every day in class. There must be a balance in the training; there must be soft as well as hard training. Too much hard, too much ballistic impact is never good for the body. Asian masters understood this for eons, so in their personal training, they included what I call Nei Gong Sul (inner power techniques). These include breathing exercises and gentle muscle movements. There are Korean versions of Tai Chi and Chi Gung which have been practiced for years. The ancient form “8 Pieces of Brocade” has been practiced in China, Japan and Korea under various names, but it is still essentially the same form done for the same health and energy reason. If you do not know this form, then practicing your forms slowly and watching your breath is one way to introduce these concepts to your personal training. We must start doing this, otherwise we will not join the ranks of the legendary ancient masters. We will simply be…aging masters.
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Science of Sports Training This book uses the sports training know-how of internationally known training specialists to improve your speed, strength, power, endurance, coordination, and flexibility, as well as technical and tactical skills, while avoiding overtraining and injuries. 424 pages. Softcover. Item BPP05 / $39.95
Children and Sports Training The needs of boys and girls in sports training are dramatically different. Learn how to match the right sport with the right child, the right training program for the age and gender of the child. Learn the “sensitive ages” for development of movement abilities (endurance, coordination, speed, strength, flexibility). 250 pages. Softcover. Item BPP04 / $29.95
The Will Power This complete martial arts book by Maurice Elmalem has over 700 photos, illustrations and instructions, plus special training drills for fighting, endurance, speed and power. Learn breaking, self-defense, fighting applications, and how to become the best of the best. Paperback Item BPP06p / $29.99 Hardcover Item BPP06h / $34.99
Breaking Unlimited Breaking Unlimited by Maurice Elmalem is the only book written solely on the art of breaking. It features 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
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 self-defense 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 easyto-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 Hong-Hi, the founder of Taekwon-Do. 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!
Simple Tibetan Buddhism: A Guide to Tantric Living A concise introduction to the unique history and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, a philosophy that integrates ritual with practice. With simple exercies for incorporating visualization, diety yoga, mandalas, mantras and the esoteric, effective tantric methods, this book opens up new possibilities.144 pages. Item BPP19 / $12.95
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
Featured Books Zen in Ten, Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth This book begins with a brief history to reveal Zen’s development and evolution through the ages. The ten lessons give fundamental principles and significant understandings of Zen. 152 pages. Item BPP21 / $12.95
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
Chi Gong Medicine From God Lose weight with a seaweed diet. Prevent altitude and divers sickness, and many other advantages of Chi.Item B042 / $19.95
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
Buddhism in Ten, Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth
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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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TKDT Bag Rather than using plastic bags, paper grocery sacks, or other materials that can end up as litter or garbage in our landfills, we are encouraging our staff, readers, and fellow martial artists to use these all-natural totes for carrying your groceries, belongings, etc. Again, these totes, which bear the TaeKwonDo Times logo, are an attempt to leave the Earth in a cleaner and greener state. Item BAG01 / $1.99
Form-Fitting Sparring Vest The new form-fitting sparring vest with Delta ShieldT technology. This revolutionary sparring gear is designed with unique Delta Shield technology to allow martial artists to perform at their highest levels. The vest is constructed of a lightweight, 4-way stretch material that fits close to the body, providing maximum coverage without inhibiting movement. The variable density foam layers integrate mesh vents for maximum airflow. Color: Black Sizes: Adult S, M/L, XL, XXL Item NPP08 / $90.00 Now $70.00
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Tae Kwon Do, Volume I Vol. 1 contains all of Poomsae (forms), Taeguek 1-8 and Palgwe 1-8, required to earn a black belt from the WTF. Item B003 / Vol. 1 / $15.00 Reduced to $2.99!