My First Lessons

Taking my first lesson, I was doing exactly that: taking. Teaching my first lesson, I was giving instead. My very first Tae Kwon-Do lesson (I had taken Karate before) was under a gentleman named Wan Jo Lee. He was a great martial artist; he really knew his stuff. Unfortunately, [...]Read more
 

Your Dobok: Not Just Another Piece of Clothing

There is no direct translation for the word “dobok.” Technically, “do” means “way,” and “bok” means “clothing.” So, dobok literally translates to “way clothing.” But that doesn’t really mean anything.  Gi, which is the Japanese version of the dobok, is actually short for [...]Read more
 

Power = Speed + Proper Form

Developing power begins with proper form.  When you master good form, you develop speed. By developing speed, you develop power. With good form, you don’t get tired as fast because you’re not “over-muscling” your technique.  When you watch a baseball pitcher throw a [...]Read more
 

There is Always a Path Back to Tae Kwon-Do

“I want to try something new” is such a teenager thing to say.  But when I was 14, that’s exactly what I thought. I had started my Tae Kwon-Do journey when I was 8 years old, and it was one of the best experiences of my youth. But when you’re young, there is so much […]Read more
 

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