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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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Why put your hands to your belt when kicking in WT taekwondo?

When doing practice kicks, I've always kept my guard up. Recently, my grandmaster has changed it, to bring the hands to the belt on the opposite side of the kick. When I asked why, he said that is the ...
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Why does Karate recommend kicking with feet instead of shins?

What is the historical reason Karate and Taekwondo recommend kicking with foot instead of shins for Round kicks (different from Muay Thai)? In Krav Maga, they teach to kick with foot, since most of ...
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How to improve flexibility for a 40yo guy

I am a guy in my 40s and would like to improve my flexibility in Tae Kwon Do. Not new at it but there is always room from improvement. Any sugestions? Thanks in advance
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Name of two stances and their weight distribution

Beomseogi An official video mentions the name of Beomseogi when the right foot is in front as Oreun Beomseogi. Also, in other times of the video, the naming is consistent: Right foot is front: Oreun ...
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Heel Hook Head Kick in Karate or Taekwondo

Whats the name of this Kick in Karate or Taekwondo? Chris Leben called this the "Heel Hook Head Kick". However, he does it with the right outside of the heel foot, instead of the inside. ...
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Is South Korean tae kwon do based on Japanese karate? And then what about Chinese kung fu? Is kung fu based on either karate or tae kwon do?

According to Wikipedia, Japanese karate was first practiced in 1936: Funakoshi had trained in two of the popular branches of Okinawan karate of the time, Shorin-ryū and Shōrei-ryū. In Japan he was ...
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Is it wrong if I don’t want to spar in taekwondo?

I love taekwondo (and am writing this as I am waiting for my class to start), but I have never been fond of sparring. I’m not the best at it, it’s tiring, and forms just appeal to me more. I do want ...
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What is the origin of the kick name, "Chikyo Chagi"?

Related to Alternative name for downward kick?, what is the origin of the kick name, "Chikyo Chagi" (possibly 치쿄 차기)? Is it named after the Chikyō-dō region? Does it come from the Japanese ...
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Alternative name for downward kick?

My WT dojang uses a different name for the downward kick (axe kick, hammer kick). Instead of naeryeo chagi (내려차기), we say something that to my Spanish-speaking brain sounds like chiko chagi. I've ...
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How does a person who just watches youtube videos to learn martial arts beat me in sparring?

I have been training in martial arts such as Taekwondo and Boxing for several months. I know a friend who just watches youtube videos to learn to fight. Even though I did my techniques correctly, I ...
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Gi considerations for rank tests?

My daughter will soon test again for her brown belt in taekwondo. On her first attempt months ago, she did not pass but they provided a "report card" of sorts. One of the notes written was ...
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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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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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What is the weight of dipped-foam TKD/Karate sparring gloves? (see photo)

I often see TKD and Karate folks sparring with these types of open-palm glove, made of some sort of plastic-dipped foam that seems common for those styles' equipment. How much do they weigh? (I ...
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I am about to become a black belt, how can I make an impression?

Finally, after a long journey, and still more, I will finally be a first degree black belt (If I pass, Taekwondo). For a black belt ceremony, are there any must-does to pass? How can I further my ...
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Is the splits necessary for Tae Kwon Do?

I am not flexible, never have been, and most likely won’t be. I have attempted to do it before it ultimately ended in failure. I have searched this up and there are mixed answers. I'd like to try some ...
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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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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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Should I do both BJJ & Taek-won-do weekly? [duplicate]

I’ve been practicing BJJ for a few months now. Does anyone have any expertise with what’s best for gaining skill if both martial arts were to be combined weekly? Q: Should I continue my BJJ and bring ...
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Karate vs Muay Thai: Side Kick Foot Rotation

Why does Karate and Taekwondo side kick have the foot tilt sideways or even downwards? In Muay Thai, the side teep foot is held diagonal. Is there a functional reason between the two? Curious as I ...
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Are old high level black belts actually better than young low level black belts?

I'd like to preface this by saying I have virtually zero martial arts experience or knowledge so sorry if I'm not the clearest or if my question doesn't make much sense . You know that scene in The ...
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Kick-to-elbow injuries are very common in our school

When sparring, as far as I can tell, there are many injuries due to a kick hitting the opponent's elbow. The foot gets a huge punch by the sharp elbow bone. We wear protective gear while sparring. Why ...
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Going from MMA back to Traditional Martial Arts

Currently I go to an MMA gym (Muay Thai with BJJ). After a couple years, I always ponder about going to a traditional school. Just curious what are the benefits of going to a traditional martial arts ...
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If yelling is so good, why MMA fighters don't yell often

In our class, the benefits of yelling/shouting, i.e. Kihap, in sparring are sometimes pointed out. If yelling is so beneficial, why MMA fighters don't yell often? Or do they?
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Do leg sweeps work with big people with muscles?

I was wondering about it because I have recently been watching out for some big men. I think leg sweeps are a good way to defeat them. But do they work with muscular people?
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Why doesn't Muay Thai use the Karate/Taekwondo front snap kick?

Why doesn't Muay Thai incorporate the Karate/TKD Front Snap Kick? Muay Thai instead has a Teep kick with slightly different motion. I understand why Muay Thai has its own roundhouse kick, as its more ...
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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. How should I go about looking for one?
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Muay Thai Roundhouse kick: Rotate in stability without friction

I like the Muay Thai kick as its more fluid rotation, faster motion, and more power with hip/legs. One thing compared to Karate and TKD kick, it takes a lot more balance and friction against 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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In Taekwondo why are both fighters facing the same direction?

In the last Olympic games, I noticed that, in Taekwondo, fighters adopt a stance where both are facing the same direction. Is that forced by rules? Why not have a mirror image stance, so no one has an ...
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Kick with front leg vs. back leg

Is it more beneficial to kick with the front leg or the back leg while on a normal fighting stance (e.g. boxing, taekwondo, etc.)? I have practiced tkd for some time and I decided to quit practicing ...
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How to stop taekwondo warrior using Krav Maga with no need of timing?

Is there a way to use Krav Maga for stopping experienced taekwondo warrior using Krav Maga drills? In Krav Maga dojo there is a black belt taekwondo who has also orange belt in Krav Maga. Are there ...
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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 fast should you be able to kick?

I have practiced TKD for a while and I am wondering at what point are kicks too slow. Let me give an example below: My height is around 176 cm at the moment and I timed both my roundhouse kicks and ...
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How do you harden the outer side of your thighs?

I was sparring with a friend and he is much bigger than me, like 95Kg, and he went for a big kick on my "vastus lateralis", shown below. I want to know what kind of training I should do to harden ...
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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 deal with a judgmental instructor

Instructor behavior observed: Comparing students with each other Blaming students Insulting students Impulsive decisions Lack of discipline in teaching martial arts Going mostly spontaneous and with ...
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Punching bag training kicks/punches [closed]

Since sport club are closed, I would like to get some suggestion for training on my punching bag. I would like something that trains the whole body since I was practicing Muay Thaï and Taekwondo, but ...
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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

Edit 2: More information in the linked video: How To Beat Karate/Taekwondo Fighters Basically, keep your hands up to block the hook kick and the spinning side kick. And don't focus on catching the ...
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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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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 different is Olympic Taekwondo from traditional Taekwondo? And how similar are Olympic Taekwondo and Karate? [closed]

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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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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Better foot technique with daily stretching

How effective is it to do daily stretching for the legs in order to get a better foot technique for kicking, like in Karate or Taekwondo. Let's say, I am stretching my legs three times a day for about ...
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Identify Mystery WTF TKD Kick

A few years ago my kung fu school developed a relationship with a local and well-regarded WTF Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do school and we initiated a technique-exchange of sorts. A technique we learned ...
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Taekwondo: Is it too late to start TKD at 14 and still become an Olympian?

I’ve done research and a bunch of other people start at around 6 years old. I want to start it and hopefully make it to the Olympics and I’m willing to train every single day by myself. If I start ...
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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 to spar an aggressive fighter shown in the shared video

This week, in the fighting session, I'm going to spar with the blue fighter in the linked video below: https://kapwi.ng/c/6DK9Gm0E Is very aggressive Is heavier Makes heavy use of Kihap i.e. shouting ...
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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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