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Choi Hong Hi

General Choi Hong-Hi was born in 1918 in Hwa Dae Ri, Ham Kyung Buk Do, during the occupation of Korea by Imperial Japan. He was introduced to basic Taek Kyon techniques as a teenager while studying Calligraphy for health and confidence. Expelled from a Japanese-controlled school for participating in protests, he later earned a II Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate in Japan. Forced into military service by the Japanese during World War II, Choi became involved in a plot to overthrow the colonial government. Despite being jailed for his involvement, he continued to train in Karate and even instructed prison guards. The success of the resistance movement was aided by the ability to move between China and the Soviet Union in the northeast region of Korea. Choi's strong independence, sense of justice, and anti-Japanese sentiment shaped his actions and decisions throughout his life. His dedication to martial arts and resistance against the occupation were evident even in the face of adver

Nam Tae-Hi, the second man in ITF Taekwondo

  Nam Tae-hi, also known as the "Father of Vietnamese Taekwondo", was a pioneering South Korean master of taekwondo who played a significant role in the development and promotion of the martial art. Born in March 1929 in Keij┼Ź (Seoul), Korea, Nam began his training in the martial arts in 1946 under the guidance of Lee Won-kuk at the Chung Do Kwan. He continued to train diligently, dedicating five nights a week to his practice. Nam's pivotal moment came when he met Choi Hong-hi, with whom he co-founded the Oh Do Kwan and led the twelve original masters of taekwondo of the Korea Taekwon-Do Association (KTA). Nam was instrumental in the development of taekwondo and played a key role as Choi's second-in-command. In 1954, he demonstrated his extraordinary skill by breaking 13 roof tiles with a downward punch during a martial arts demonstration for President Syngman Rhee of South Korea. This demonstration impressed Rhee so much that he ordered all Korean military personnel

ITF vs WT (The major differences)

 ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) and WT (World Taekwondo) are two of the largest governing bodies for the sport of taekwondo. While they share a common origin in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, there are significant differences between the two organizations in terms of rules, techniques, uniforms, and philosophy. One of the most noticeable differences between ITF and WT taekwondo is the style of sparring that is practiced. In ITF taekwondo, practitioners often engage in a more traditional form of sparring that involves a greater emphasis on hand techniques, as well as a wider range of allowable kicks. On the other hand, WT taekwondo primarily focuses on Olympic-style sparring, which places a greater emphasis on kicking techniques and is more fast-paced and dynamic. Another key difference between ITF and WT taekwondo is the scoring system used in competitions. In ITF taekwondo, points are awarded based on a system that takes into account both the force of the technique an

The warm up, stretching and the cool down

Ensuring proper warm-up and stretching routines are crucial components of any physical activity regimen. Whether you're engaging in a high-intensity workout, participating in a sport, or simply wanting to maintain overall flexibility and mobility, taking the time to prepare your body adequately can make a significant impact on your performance and overall well-being. One fundamental aspect of any exercise regimen is the warm-up phase. This initial period serves to gradually increase your heart rate and blood flow to your muscles, priming them for the more intense activity that lies ahead. A general guideline is to dedicate around 5-10 minutes to perform light cardio exercises such as jogging in place, jumping jacks, or high knees. These activities engage multiple muscle groups and help to elevate your body temperature, making your muscles more pliable and responsive to stretching exercises. Following a proper warm-up, the next step before starting a kicking session, for example, is

Is Taekwondo a martial art or sport?

 Taekwondo is a martial art with deep roots in Korean history and culture, but it is also widely practiced as a competitive sport around the world. The debate over whether Taekwondo should be primarily considered a martial art or a sport has been ongoing within the martial arts community, with proponents on both sides offering compelling arguments to support their views. On one hand, those who advocate for the martial art aspect of Taekwondo emphasize its historical and cultural significance. Taekwondo has a long and rich tradition dating back to ancient Korea, where it was developed as a means of self-defense and combat training. The traditional practice of Taekwondo involves the study of various forms (kata) that teach techniques for both offensive and defensive strikes, blocks, and kicks. Additionally, practitioners of Taekwondo are taught important values such as respect, discipline, humility, and perseverance, which are key tenets of martial arts philosophy. Furthermore, the marti

Dealing with students who have a very slow process and understanding in Taekwondo

   Dealing with students who have a very slow process and understanding in Taekwondo can be a challenging task for instructors. However, with patience, individualized instruction, and a positive attitude, it is possible to help these students progress and improve in their martial arts practice. Below are some tips on how to effectively work with students who have a slow process and understanding in Taekwondo: 1. Patience is key: It is important to be patient when working with students who are slower to grasp techniques and concepts in Taekwondo. Remember that everyone learns at their own pace, and some students may need more time to understand and execute certain movements. Avoid becoming frustrated or impatient with slow learners, as this can hinder their progress and discourage them from continuing their training. 2. Break down techniques into smaller steps: To help students with slow processing speeds, it can be helpful to break down techniques into smaller, more manageable steps. I

The difference between being abusing and tough/ Instructors

   As a Taekwondo trainer, there is a fine line between being tough and being abusive toward your students. While some trainers may believe that being tough and demanding with their students will push them to perform better and reach their full potential, it is important to recognize that there is a distinct difference between being tough and being abusive. Being tough as a Taekwondo trainer means setting high expectations for your students and pushing them to work hard and achieve their goals. It involves providing constructive criticism, pushing students out of their comfort zones, and holding them accountable for their actions and performance. Being tough may involve challenging your students to do more push-ups, run faster, or practice harder to improve their skills and overcome obstacles. On the other hand, being abusive as a Taekwondo trainer involves using harsh and demeaning language, physical violence, or intimidation tactics to control or punish students. Abusive behavior can