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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Main differences of Karate & Taekwondo

I'm asking b/c, to an outsider, they can appear similar. But, clearly, there are key distinctions. What are the distinctions between Karate and Taekwondo A good answer should touch on similarities, ...
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How to gain back my flexibility and muscle memory fast?

I have been practicing Taekwondo from 2011 to 2017-2018 and then I stopped. I am wondering how I can regain my muscle memory and flexibility as soon as possible. Also I have been doing gym for a year ...
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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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What is the meaning of the pseudonym Eui-Am in TaeKwon-Do?

I have been searching for the meaning of the pseudonym Eui-Am. I know the definition, but what does it mean. This is the most I can find "The Taekwondo pattern Eui-Am was named in honor of Son ...
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Which Style out of the 3 should I start with

Hey guy so I'm pretty young as of now and I'm planning to learn some martial arts in the future so I need some help choosing the first one to start with. I plan on learning Southpaw boxing, Taekwondo, ...
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Taekwondo Block Bunkai Vs. Shotokan Block Bunkai

Main Question: Is there a difference between Shotokan Bunkai for blocks and Taekwondo "Bunkai" for blocks? Sub Question A: Does the wrapping motion of Taekwondo Blocks interfere with the Bunkai? Sub ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

Some eastern martial arts (such as karate, taekwondo) prohibit straight boxing-style strikes/punches to the head in their sports rules: A punch that makes strong contact with the opponent's hogu ...
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What is the purpose of the upward palm block in Taekwondo

Souce As per the title, I can't quite see how the upward palm block has any advantage over a normal middle block.
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Defend with leg and knee

While sparring, sometimes I unintentionally use my legs and knees to defend against opponent's kicks. I know it is wrong. I'm just curious why there is no leg defense in Teakwondo?
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Purpose of exchange block in toigye form

What is the function of exchange block, taught in Toigye form in taekwon do? Also called outward backfist strike.
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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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What's the name of the Shorin Ryu technique that's most like upward palm block?

I'm asking because I noticed this technique in Wu Mei that looks exactly like it. I'd like to see the Shorin bunkai for this technique. https://youtu.be/Qwhqp0eJhDw?t=1115
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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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Soft Taekwondo introduction for other people

I was wondering what kind of exercise would be good to introduce a few Taekwondo techniques to other people, for example, colleagues during a company annual meeting, or similar conferences. As a ...
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Problem holding Taekwondo front kick

My problem is that: My thigh lifts up high when I am nearly executing the kick but as I execute my kick, my thigh stays about my waist. What was that cause from? Also I can do middle split and side ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

I am a 14 year old female and I've always wanted to try taekwondo, however I am not the most flexible of people, and I am concerned to whether that will affect learning the sport in any way. I've also ...
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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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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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What do I need to promote someone to Taekwondo dan rank under the Kukkiwon?

What are the rules set by the Kukkiwon on who can promote others to black belt ranks (Dan for 15 years old and over, Poom for under 15 years old)? Can individual instructors do it?
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Convert white collar Dobok to black collar

Usually Doboks for Gup grades will have a white collar, and Dan grades (black belts) will wear a black collar Dobok (not sure if there are any rules about this, but this is what I see as the common ...
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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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Should I wear a groin protector?

So I've been getting interested in TKD sparring, but I'm still murky on some things. I am going to get everything else, but I am still trying to decide if I should get a groin protector. I am a girl, ...
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How to protect knees on jump kick techniques

I'm motivated to improve my jumping kick technique, within my weight and age limitations. I feel that it's a great way to improve strength, balance and proper kicking technique. However, jump kicks ...
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How to train for 1st Dan Blackbelt testing in Taekwondo [closed]

I’m 61 yo. I’m training for my 1st dan TKD test in May. I am focusing on cardio for endurance, I also review my forms at least once a day even if just in my head... I try to watch what I eat, sleep ...
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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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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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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

This is about sparring. There are a few guys in my gym (Muay Thai/Kick Boxing) who have Taekwondo/Karate backgrounds. They have a Bruce-Lee-type stance. Their front hand is low and legs are wide apart....
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Practice advice for jump kicks

Preparing for black belt test, one of the items I'm worried about are jump kicks. I'm a heavier person, and it's harder to stay up in the air compared with the young kids, so less time to perform the ...
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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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Will mixing wing chun, boxing and TKD be effective?

I am thinking about learning boxing for punching, TKD for kicking, and wing chun for flashy moves, jabs including eye jabs, and center line theory. Will that be effective?
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The sixth step in ITF TKD's Do-San form

In the various listings I can find online, this move is described as "spear hand". But as I've seen it taught, it also involves moving the left hand downward with the palm facing the ground before the ...
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What are the differences between TKD's backfist/reverse and boxing's jab/cross?

Ignoring footwork (supposing it is present), what are the primary differences in these combos? Are there any significant differences between the ideal versions of these punches? I'm looking for ...
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Any ITF Taekwon-Do Sine wave studies?

In the Taekwon-Do Theory of Power, it is explained that the sine wave motion is used to add body weight to the movement, and then generates more power. However, is there any evidence, viewed from ...
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Will three months of Muai Thai help?

In three months I'll be going abroad for master studies. I have left my job in order to prepare somewhat for the course in the three months before I leave. This gives me time for some extra activities ...
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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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Is there an actual standards document for poomsae?

There are numerous seminars, YouTube videos, books, etc. breaking down the "correct" way to perform different tae kwon do poomsae in great detail. I've been curious as to where all this material ...
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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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Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Recently I joined to a Muay Thai Gym, and it is very good. Previously, I did Tae Kwan Do for 2 years. In my Muay Thai Gym, the master is teaching me to kick using the shin. I feel really afraid to ...
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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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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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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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How does martial arts philosophy consider suicide?

I was advised 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 different is Olympic Taekwondo from traditional Taekwondo? And how similar are Olympic Taekwondo and Karate?

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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Resting leg muscles in cold water and temperature

I have watched some Taekwondo practitioners resting their legs inside ice cold water for a specific amount of time: Also, I noticed Cryotherapy devices being used: What is the effect of low ...
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Belt too long, tie with two knots?

I use the classic one knot belt tie, but the tied belt is quite long (almost touches the knees), and I’m wondering if I could use two knots. I tried doing it, but the result was too “bulky” and I ...
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Taekwondo belts and their rankings [duplicate]

What are the rankings of the 6 taekwondo belts and how long does it take to get those belts?
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Sparring against two opponents test

For later Kups, one of the belt test items is sparring against two opponents at the same time. What is being tested with this, and what would be a proper tactic to pass it?
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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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Are there moves that would never be taught or talked about in an MMA gym?

because they're just too dangerous to the public or for public consumption? I assume they'd be slight modifications of the more dangerous moves that would be the ones actually taught.
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Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Karate at same time

This question is about asking views on mentioned objective i.e Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Kyokushin Karate at same time, hence no research is done prior to asking this question. I wish to pursue Tae ...