A Korean martial art, whose name literally translates to 'the way of the hand and foot'. It emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg's greater reach and power (compared to the arm).

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Advancement Speed in Taekwondo

I've been studying Taekwondo for about two months, and I took the first test that my school offered after I joined (two weeks ago), and received my yellow-stripe. It looks like the school holds tests ...
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What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?

I'm a software engineer basically but have been practicing taekwondo since 2-3 months. I just wanted to know what it takes to get a black belt?
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How do electronic sensing socks / chest protection sensors work in sport competition?

I recently read about Sockgate and was curious how the vests/socks that taekwondo sport competitors work. I understand that there are purely electronic systems and pressure based ones. I assume that ...
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Are women not suitable for tricking?

I practise Taekwondo and am amazed by all those flying kicks and flips and everything. But when I was on YouTube watching tricking videos, I saw only a small proportion of women. Is it because less ...
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History of Shotokan's Influence on Taekwondo

I have heard two things about Taekwondo from different sources: A) The founder of TKD (Choi Hong Hi) trained in Shotokan Karate and TKD is based on Shotokan. B) Taekwondo is based on pre-existing ...
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Weapons in taekwondo?

I have trained weapons in a couple martial arts and I think that weapons should be a part of traditional taekwondo curriculum. For a particular school of taekwondo, they would not teach weapons as ...
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Are Peyton Quinn's books appropriate for a 19 year old or are they beyond my level?

I know I'm a beginner at martial arts. I heard someone say on another site that they wished that they had heard of Peyton Quinn when they were 20. I think his books sound very sophisticated. Would ...
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What are the starting points for learning Tae Kwon Do?

I would like to get my kids started on the basics of Tae Kwon Do. 20+ years ago I was a blue belt with a stripe or two in a private dojo in California. I remember the punches, the blocks, the stances ...
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Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe

My left leg is 3/4" shorter than my right leg. I have trained in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and earned my first Dan. However barefoot training is becoming a real problem. Martial arts shoes all seem to ...
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order? Also could you add the degrees, I have had a hard time finding a reliable site?
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When are the new WTF competition rules going to happen?

I heard that the WTF TKD competition rules were changing. Apparently, they want to make it more like MMA. Now, while it's subjective whether or not that's a good or bad thing, that's not what I'm ...
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Proper form for tae kwon do spinning side kicks

I have just reached green-yellow belt in tae kwon do, and my instructors say that I need to work on my spinning side kicks. Unfortunately I have trouble getting the form right, so I usually end up ...
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is Jun Chong TKD a legitimate TKD dojo for self defense?

I wanted to sign up for TKD, and I really like Jun Chong TKD. However, I heard by some that TKD isn't a realistic means of self defense because a lot of the places teaching are "mcdojos." I've heard ...
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How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?

I saw a very well executed spinning reverse kick in this video of the Athens Olympics. I can do a reverse kick and a jumping turning kick. How can move on to acquire the necessary skills to perform ...
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What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?

My kids currently train under UKTF, which follows ITF guidelines and techniques. Will this cause problems if they move to a WTF trainer? They aren't quite at black belt yet, so I'm hoping that if they ...
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Can I start training in tae kwon do at age 16?

I'm planning to start Taekwondo classes in a month but I just wanted to know if I have any chance being good at it to compete. Or am I a lost cause because I am 16 and people who go to national ...
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What are the philosophical differences between the TKD Kwan?

My understanding is that after the unification of the various kwan under the Kukkiwon the basic library of techniques that each school employed became relatively uniform. I've seen firsthand, ...
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How should I look for an “open” tournament near me?

I would like to enter an open martial arts, MMA, or taekwondo tournament in my area. Any information on the whereabouts of such a location would be greatly appreciated.
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Taekwondo and muscle imbalance

I'm 25 YO female and I am struggling with injuries and poor posture due to muscle imbalance - relatively weaker posterior chain. I used to train in Taekwondo many years back, then got sedentary and ...
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I Ching and Taekwondo forms

I have read that the black belt Taekwondo forms are each associated with an I Ching trigram. Are these correspondences emphasized in any dojangs? What can I take away from these associations? The ...
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Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?

I've been studying taekwondo for about 15 years, and I've always been taught to keep my fists closed tightly in sparring to reduce the chance of finger injury. Splayed fingers seems to be a common ...
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What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?

A few years ago, my Taekwondo organization (ITF-based if that makes a difference for purposes of this question) made the shift from point-break sparring (sparring stops after one side scores, resets ...
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Why do taekwondoists bounce so much? (And how do we help them stop?)

At training last night (Japanese JiuJitsu), we had two people with TKD backgrounds training with us. I couldn't help noticing how bouncy they both were. They both came from different TKD school, yet ...
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An Ontology of Combat

I've been looking for a semantic ontology defining the structure and varieties of attacks and defenses. Initially I'm looking for a very simple tree, something like: Attack-> Punch-> Jab ...
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If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?

I am 16 years old, and I am interested in martial arts. The most popular schools in India teach Tae Kwon Do and Karate. I wish to avoid something that may cause severe brain damage or concussion. I ...
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How does one better execute kick then punch combos when the legs are significantly longer than the arms?

I'm one of those tall, lanky people whose legs are much longer than their arms. While this is often advantageous in Taekwondo, our style attempts to integrate punches and kicks. While leading with a ...
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Counting Calories when Training for TKD Tournament

I'm training for a TKD tournament. My Master is a very big proponent of counting calories, but I don't want to eat too little when I'm training intensely for the rest of the year. I obviously don't ...
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What is the “sine wave” substyle of ITF taekwondo and how did it originate?

Many ITF-based taekwondo practitioners come to notice a difference between different ITF-based organizations with some groups teaching a direct, forceful style and others teaching a more timed, ...
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How to deliver more power to my turning kick?

I find that I am able to cause a punching bag to swing much higher with my front kick than my turning kick. This could be due to me being able to transfer more of my body weight to a front kick. ...
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Designs for a Board Breaker / Board Holder?

Does anyone have designs to build your own DIY board breaker/board holder for power breaking?
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Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi

Over the last 20 years or so I have been trying to incorporate several styles into one that is suited for my needs. My stance is now pretty much a Karate’s one, but my kicks have elements of Karate, ...
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Avoiding “Belt Factories”

A number of posts here mention, "Belt Factories." I am becoming a bit suspicious of the place my daughter is at. There are a lot of wonderful things about it, but they really do seem to advance kids ...
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What universal structures or recommendations are in place for TKD advancement for children?

My daughter is six, knows her orange belt form so well the other kids (even the high oranges) often watch and follow her during form practice and has the three tips usually required to take the belt ...
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How to return to Tae Kwon Do?

Some time ago I regularly took part in Tae Kwon Do, but that was ~4 years ago and I'm out of shape. What should I do to prepare to return to the martial art, and should I start from the beginning ...
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For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?

I recently moved, and I found there are two classes within walking distance of my home. One is tai chi and the other is tae kwon do. I am in my thirties, have led a sedentary lifestyle so far. I'd ...
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Is the Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do uniquely Tae Kwon Do like?

The Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do is conducted under a particular set of rules that were (in my understanding) developed relatively recently. The actual conduct of an Olympic Tae Kwon Do fight doesn't ...
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Wide shoes for martial arts

I have flat, wide feet, and tae kwon do classes are starting to hurt. I'm thinking to try wearing shoes with my running orthotics. Are there specialty martial arts or wrestling shoes that are wide and ...
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Proper diet for preparing for a tournament

I'm currently getting ready for a TKD tournament in September (ITF-based, sport/light contact sparring and forms). As part of the training, I'm trying to ensure that I'm keeping a diet that maintains ...
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Should I train differently to spar guys who are bigger than me?

I am a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have a few tournaments coming up and I am training in my sparring techniques. I am 12 years old with 2 national sparring championships (and on the ...
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Has anyone had/recovered from achilles rupture?

I was in sparring class doing a basic drill (switch stance into a rear leg front kick) and blew out my right Achilles with a complete rupture. I had surgery to repair it about 4 weeks ago. I am ...
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Benefits of an X-Stop in Tae Kwon Do?

Whilst I've never practised an X-stop, I was wondering what the benefits of it are? The move consists of a jump, punctuated by the back foot being placed a head of the front foot, and behind it, ...
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“Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?

I train in Taekwon-do (1st Dan Instructor) and ninjutsu (Beginner) and I had an interesting insight/question arise from my ninjutsu Instructor (which is why I picked up the second art): In ninjutsu's ...
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Are there alternate versions of the ITF Taekwondo pattern Yulgok?

In ITF Taekwondo, movements 15, 16, 18, and 19 of Yulgok are hooking blocks, as far as I know. Recently, however, I've been practicing Taekwondo with people who learned in different dojos, and a ...
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How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?

For my next grading, I'm planning to demonstrate a split-kick break, similar to the kick shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox46E-GNVQ8&feature=related (In case the video becomes ...
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What is the proper technique for holding a Century-style body shield for use in Taekwondo?

My family just won a Century body shield as part of a raffle to help raise money for our school's booster club. We don't often use a body shield in class (in fact, I only recall having used it in one ...
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What are the primary differences between poomsae and hyungs?

At my Taekwondo school, we practice the traditional hyungs as created by General Choi. After reviewing several materials for WTF practitioners and reading books on the history of Taekwondo, I'm left ...
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How to overcome fear to jump?

I practice Taekwondo. My biggest hurdle at the moment is that I am afraid of falling down. For example, when I do a scissor kick, I was told to level my torso to kick higher. But I am afraid that I ...
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Balancing control and intensity in sparring

At my taekwondo school, we have several levels of sparring - non-, light-, medium-, and full-contact. We do, however, have one over-riding rule: no matter the level of contact, we always endeavour to ...