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About me: I am a Germany-based Austrian / American freelance developer with 15 years of experience. I am 41 years old, married to a lovely German wife and father of three kids. I hold a 5h degree black belt in Taekwondo (Kukkiwon) and currently practice Shaolin Kungfu.

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Dec
12
comment History of Shotokan's Influence on Taekwondo
+1 For those more interested in the real history of TKD, read A Killing Art by Alex Gillis
Feb
9
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
It's also known in Taekwondo: Ready stance a, b in traditional and Bo-Jumok in WTF
Feb
3
comment What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?
No, it's not too long, but I'm still at work and just don't have the time I wish I had.
Feb
3
comment What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?
TL;DR, but +1 for "the best way to build up to doing a stance is to do the stance"
Feb
2
comment How to improve speed and footwork?
A well-timed mid-level side kick can't be countered with a low kick anyway, if you've paid attention in Trigonometry. Unless your legs are much longer than the other guy's :-)
Feb
1
comment Good exercises for higher side kicks?
See also my answer to this question: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/102/…
Feb
1
comment How to avoid toe injury?
I'd say this question is not constructive unless you give more info as to how your toes were injured.
Feb
1
comment What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?
Same here. I had a master who formally belonged to the WTF but had learned traditional TKD way back in the old days. But I'm talking about official techniques, not individual interpretations.
Feb
1
comment What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?
And: "kicks are the same". I'd challenge that as well. There are subtle differences in both technique and terminology. That's like saying Karate and Taekwondo Kicks are the same. They are similar, but far from the same. E.g. ITF distinguishes between thrusting and piercing variations of a side kick (as in Shotokan Karate), WTF doesn't have that distinction.
Feb
1
comment What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?
"The main difference between WTF and ITF is WTF is South Korean and ITF is North Korean" This is partially true now, but wasn't always. Both ITF and WTF originated in South Korea, ITF is now the name of at least three different legal bodies, one of which originates from North Korea (the others being located in Kanada and Germany). To learn more about the history of Taekwondo read A killing Art by Alex Gillis
Feb
1
comment Benefits of an X-Stop in Tae Kwon Do?
I Love the scissors Take Down Idea, but as you Day yourself, that's Hardly got anything to so with TKD
Feb
1
comment Benefits of an X-Stop in Tae Kwon Do?
Glad to hear there are more Palgue people out there, but you'll find this move in Black Belt Poomsae (Sipjin, Hansoo) as well as in traditional Hyung and Shotokan Karate kata