Monday, 31 August 2015

Taegeuk Il Jang - A love letter.

This will be a busy few months for me. I have taken upon myself to start teaching in the Dojang I study in every Friday evening for the grown ups. I will be teaching the syllabus of the organisation I belong to (Traditional Taekwondo Union) with (hopefully) my own thoughts and spin on things. I hope to be able to use a couple of minutes after the training session is over to either film or take pictures of some of the apps I use for the forms as practical applications for Poomsae beyond the normal kick block punch ones. I am not sure as of which media I will end up with but currently I lean towards pictures as that would allow me to make the posts into articles for this blog as well as Totally Taekwondo Magazine (and others like Moosin).

But before I start diving into Applications of Taegeuk Il Jang I thought it would be fun to write a little about the form and why exactly Taegeuk Il Jang as opposed to any of the other forms.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Thank you :-D

This blog got its facebook fan page years after it only consisted of this blog. Samir my "mentor" when it comes to spreading the blog further to a wider audience was completly right when he told me that the interest for traditional Taekwondo material is higher than you would believe when looking at the sportive focus that seemingly dominates Taekwondo today. I am astonished that we in a very short time have gotten over 500 likes! I want to thank all the supporters of the blog and of traditional Taekwondo :-) It is a pure joy for me to keep writing when I get so much support. Just the other day I woke up to this message:

"Hello, I am currently reading all your posts on (Some 30 or so of my posts has been published there). I am loving them all, Thank you very much for so many good ideas that I wanted to implement but did not dare because I wasn't taught like that (especially in self defense and not close yourself just to the sport)"

So in short what I am trying to say is
(And special thanks to Samir for making me establish the fan pange, teaching me how to run it and for making this photo/banner)  

Friday, 21 August 2015

Il kyok pilsal (일격필살)

Im pretty sure that the headline will make just about zero sense for most Taekwondoin beyond it being "something" Korean. I do hope I will make the term very clear through this blog post though. The term is often translated into English as "one strike one kill" or  "1 deadly strike" and it used to be a pretty common term in traditional taekwondo dojang during the Kwan era (1940s-70s); but these days it is not used much, and if it is used it is often changed into il kyok pilseung (일격필승) meaning roughly tranlsated one strike one win, victory in one move etc. It is more political correct than the original using pilsal (필살) but both do contain the essense of this post which by the way will go into a few different aspects of Taekwondo training while having the term Il kyok pilsal (일격필살) in our minds.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Micro Post: "Look Eye, Always look eye Daniel San"

Simon Scher has made another tutorial that I whish to share with the readers. It focuses on where to look at your opponent. It does not matter what lineage you hail from or what style of Taekwondo you do, the principles on where to look at your opponent is pretty universal;-)

Friday, 3 July 2015

How many forms can you have before it is too much?

Author performing
Taegeuk Oh Jang
The other day I was thinking about this. Ron (an American Martial Artist who I deeply respect) asked a question on a forum about how a martial arts school would fare if they only taught 3 forms (I am widely parahprasing here because his question is not the point of the post only the train of thought it
resulted in). I answered as I believed: That it would fare great if it taught those three forms in sufficient depth, but only with a relative small but very stable number of adult practisioners. I highly doubt it would become a great comercial succsess because as far as the general public is concerned more forms = more knowledge. I also had a short discussion online with a Master who has his own Dojang about how many forms you can teach which again ties into the question: How many forms can you have before they are too much.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Applying Taekwondo the old way?

Having spendt the last few weeks fighting a vicous cold that has effectivly prevented me from training I have spendt a lot of my training time devouring martial arts books instead. One of these
books was "The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do" by Soshin Nagamine. It is a great read and I love almost everything he says in the book. I am not star struck by him though. His thoughts on philosophy and what he writes theoretically of applying martial arts is great stuff, but frankly I find that the set "Kumite" that he developed for his style contradicts a lot of what he laid out as his reasonings behind developing the Kumite drills in the first place. The book is a well worth read though and it touches on several things, that we as Taekwondoin will find very interesting.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Korean language in Taekwondo

Hanja for "Mountain"
This is not a post on different Korean Words and their meaning in English (or vice versa). This post
is about my thoughts on the usage of Korean in or during Taekwondo training and study. I recently had a lengthy discussion with a high ranking American Master who did not use any Korean language during his training and teaching at all and this post is the recults of my "afterthoughts" on that discussion, so it is a post about my thoughts on the why is Korean used in Taekwondo.