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Questions tagged [tae-kwon-do]

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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Confusion with the word “bande” meaning reverse in Taekwondo

In forms of Taekwondo, for example the 1st form, when the left foot is stepping forward, i.e. Wen-Ab-Sugi, and the left hand is punching, i.e. Mumtung-Jirugi, the movement is named: Wen-Ab-Sugi-...
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Black Belt - 2 Schools

My son attends a taekwondo school, who in my opinion is a diploma mill. I have seen many students with black belts who are lacking skills that are fundamental to earning a black belt. The dilemma is, ...
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ITF and WTF Black belts

Are you allowed or permitted to have a black belt at an ITF affiliated school, and also train for a black belt with a WTF affiliated school? With the differences l have read on this site between ITF ...
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TKD routines at home for a 60 year old male [closed]

I just had another calf injury a couple of weeks ago. I am turning 60 this month. I want to keep trainning and practicing my forms, up to and including Koryo. I have been trainning with 54 year old ...
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Is it possible to start Taekwondo or Karate at 15 [duplicate]

Is it possible to start Kungfu, Taekwondo or Karate at the age of 15? I am asking because I don't practice any sport.
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Using jump kicks in Olympic style sparring

In a recent sparring practice, one of the practitioners used a jump side kick against the adversary, that was dodging and stepping back from the other attacks. It was a surprisingly effective move, ...
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What can I do about taekwondo knee pain? [closed]

I am 17 years old and i am a girl. I really want to be a good taekwondo fighter, but not only a fighter. I love doing it more than I can say even if i am not that good. My left knee is so weak and ...
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Avoid anterior pelvic tilt on the long stance

When performing the long stance (ap kubi in Taekwondo), sometimes there is a tendency to lean the hip forward, causing a pronounced S on your spine, where the glutes stick out. So, even if your legs ...
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Limit for fouls in Taekwondo Olympic Sparring

At the recent Rome Grand Prix, Jade Jones won the Women's -57 Kg final, with 14 points and 9 fouls made. In a later interview she said that she was close to lose the fight by disqualification. Is ...
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Sandan meaning in Taekwon do

I found my dad's certificate which says "Sandan" on it. What does that mean? Is it a 3rd degree Black Belt?
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Is it possible to stay white belt and continue to learn as normal until black belt level without taking belt advancement because not really interested in belt but in skill for self defense
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Fix body protector strap holders

The lower strap holders in Taekwondo body protectors seem to be their weakest spots. I have seen protectors in decent condition, other than the broken strap holders, that make them impossible or ...
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Taegeuk Il Jang does not naturally end on the place you started

When performing a poomsae, you should finish on the same spot where you started. Poomsaes are designed to be symmetric, and this should happen naturally if all the steps are done correctly and with ...
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Using a tree trunk for kicking practice

When training outdoors, it is inevitable that I'll do some kicking practice; using an actual target is much better practice than just air kicking. It turns out that it is often easy to find a tree ...
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Exercises to train better falling when thrown

In my Taekwondo classes we sometimes train throws, in the context of self defense (hoshinsul). I'm bothered that, when being thrown, I can see that the way in falling is not the best and I'm getting ...
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How to counter a grab to a kicking leg?

While kicks can be very powerful techniques, they carry some risks and may leave you very exposed to the opponent. A particular case is when the opponent grabs the kicking leg: things can go bad very ...
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Is modern martial arts effectiveness intentionally reduced?

Reading the "Taekwondo Grappling Techniques" book (Dr. Tony Kemerly and Steve Snyder, Tuttle Publishing, 2009), the first chapter provides an interesting overview of Taekwondo history, and the ...
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Umbilical hernia surgery and return to sparring

Has anyone ever had an umbilical hernia, had it repaired, and after the appropriate recovery time, returned to active sparring? I practice Taekwondo point sparring and wondered if that was going to be ...
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Taekwondo technique similar to “Kamehameha”?

I was told that one of the Dan-level Kukkiwon poomsaes include a movement similar to the Kamehameha we see in the Dragonball cartoons. Is this true? If so, what would be the application for this ...
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ITF Taekwondo Patterns Information- Yul Gok & Toi Gye

I study ITF Taekwondo, and our patterns are named for significant people, places, groups, or events in Korean history. I was trying to learn more about the Neo-Confucian beliefs of Yi-Hwang ( Toi Gye)...
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What causes stiff body while kicking? (Lack of flexibility or balance)

I have been doing roundhouse kicks for some time on my own. But recently my sensei told me that my body was getting stiff during this. I think my flexibility is ok. But its not perfect yet. However ...
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Difference between “bandal-chagi” and “dollyeo-chagi”

The "bandal-chagi" is often referred to as "crescent moon kick" and the "dollyeo-chagi" is usually translated to english as "roundhouse kick". Both kicks have a very similar movement: raise the ...
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Harassment by another student

I have studied jujitsu for almost 5 years. Last year, my daughter and I started Taekwondo also. From the minute I walked through the doors, a 40ish year old man has been harassing me. Everything from ...
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Ageing and Competition - Step back or Power through?

This probably applies to many arts - but my particular experience is Tae Kwon Do. I love competing - and have been lucky enough to compete around the world in the adult black belt categories. The ...
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What is the purpose of slow movements in poomsae / kata / taolu for?

I'm curious what you are taught about martial application for slow movements? Is there a general concept that a slow movement has a particular meaning? Or does it really depend on the specific ...
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Is Taekwondo a free moving fighting style? [closed]

I've been looking to get into Taekwondo but I was wondering if it is mostly a free moving style (like boxing) or a disciplined style (strict movement with mostly certain positions allowed). I want to ...
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Studying Martial Arts in Russia from the USA

I will be spending some time out of the U.S. and don't want to get lazy while I'm away. I was wondering if there were any significant differences in practices or regimen in general for martial arts ...
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taekwondo injury [closed]

I was injured last August in my taekwondo training. My foot was casted because there has been a little crack on my 2nd-3rd metatarsal and it was taken off last September. I really REALLY want to train ...
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Can I do Brazilian jiu jitsu and Tae Kwon Do at the same time

I want to do Brazilian jiu jitsu and tae kwon do at the same time. However, I’m worried that they might not work together and be problematic.
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ITF patterns- symbolism

Is there a significance in ITF-style patterns, to which foot moves first or the direction in which it moves? Most of the patterns begin by moving to the left at the start. Thank-you!
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What is the relative frequency of Muay Thai in the UFC vs. other fighting styles and why?

In the UFC, Muay Thai seems to be much more common than kickboxing, karate, or tae kwon do. Is this actually true, or is it just my perception? What's the relative breakdown of the styles? What are ...
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Why do the 2020 Summer Olympics have Kata but not Poomsae?

According to Wikipedia, the 2020 Summer Olympics will feature karate, and it will include Kata. However, tae kwon do has been an Olympic sport since the 1980s and it obviously does not include Poomse, ...
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Considering domestic violence, what does Tae Kwon Do teach its practitioners in order for them to protect their loved ones? [closed]

I recently read a comment where the author said he did Tae Kwon Do for self defence and to protect his loved ones. How does Tae Kwon Do, do this? The World Health Organization estimates a third of ...
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How to respond to insults/stereotypes against one's own martial art

I'm not sure if this question would be considered on-topic. I originally wanted to discuss this with someone in the chat, but that has been inactive for almost a month. How does one deal with ...
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Are broken toenails evidence of poor technique?

Occasionally, I'll break toenails on roundhouse kicks (generally, right in the middle of the nail of my big toe), even though I keep them short. This doesn't happen often, just occasionally. What ...
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Purpose of the supported palm block in the Taegeuk Chill Jang

The Taegeuk Chill jang move #7 is a supported palm block: the left hand fist faced down, supporting the elbow of the right arm performing a palm block. From an applied poomsae point of view, what is ...
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Stay in shape while interrupting Taekwondo practice for a few months

Context I've recently decided to take a "break" from taekwondo after five years of training. Due to stress from school (11th grade), I have been training less and less over the past five months, ...
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How do I find Taekwondo Tournaments near me?

I am looking for open Taekwondo tournaments that do not require for you to be in any specific organization to enter. How would I go about finding those?
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Is the Push Side Kick a Taekwondo technique?

In Taekwondo the Front Kick, ap chagi, has a variant Push Front Kick, mireo ap chagi, to push opponent away, rather than hitting him. For the Side Kick, yeop chagi, I haven't seen any mention to ...
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Wearing a chest heart rate sensor

I practice WTF TaeKwon-Do and would like to keep track of heart rate during training sessions. I have seen the advice about the effectiveness of fitness trackers, and I'm convinced about the ...
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Why was the Original Koryo form replaced?

Most people know of Koryo, the first Black Belt form in Kukkiwon/WTF Taekwondo. However, few people today know that there once was a different version of Koryo practiced before by the KTA. This ...
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Can Karate Stand a Chance Against Aikido [closed]

I'm not an expert in martial arts but I always wanted to know if a offensive-based martial art, like Karate and Taekwondo, is capable of lasting or even defeating a fighter that uses Aikido. I've ...
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How do I beat someone taller with longer legs? [duplicate]

I train taekwondo and I don't know what to do. I have to fight against someone taller, with longer legs than me. If I get too close, they either hit me or push me away. They can still kick me when I'...
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Tutor demands respect

Can a martial arts instructor demand unquestioning respect from their students, and their students' parents, if they don't behave in a respectful way? For example, cheating in a competition and trying ...
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How does martial arts philosophy consider suicide?

I was adviced to ask this as a separate question, and would suggest reading the related question and answers. Suicide has only in the past decade or so received the attention it deserves as a serious ...
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How do General Choi and his peers consider mental illness

I am a seasoned instructor of taekwon-do, and love working with all the kids; oftentimes I talk about the important things in life with them: How to handle life and all the odd balls it'll throw at ...
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Itf taekwon-do competition rules for patterns

Is it against competition rules for patterns, for say a green belt, to be entered into the yellow belt category, if they have have only been qualified for a few weeks? 1) Can an instructor use his ...
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Question about types of motion in ITF Taekwon-do

In ITF Taekwon-Do, what are the main differences between: Continuous motion Connecting motion
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Korean term for Side-piercing Kick

What is the correct Korean term for Side-piercing Kick? Iv'e seen: a) Yop Cha Jirugi b) Yop Chagi If I look at the above links souldn't it be: Yop Cha Jirugi Chagi?
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Double and Twin definitions

Could someone give me definitions for 1) Double (Doo) - eg. ?? 2) Twin (Sang) - eg. twin forearm block, Dangun In ITF Taekwon-Do? Note: I'm struggling to understand the difference, relating to a ...