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Taekwondo 9th Dan promotion test in the Kukkiwon

   Becoming a 9th Dan in Taekwondo is an incredible achievement that requires years of dedication, discipline, and hard work. In order to reach this level, a practitioner must have a deep understanding of the art, as well as exceptional skill and expertise.  The time it takes to achieve a 9th Dan in Taekwondo can vary greatly depending on the individual and their training schedule. Some may reach this level in as little as 20-25 years, while others may take longer. It is not only a matter of the number of years spent training, but also the quality of that training and the commitment to continuous improvement.  In order to be eligible to test for a 9th Dan in Taekwondo, a practitioner must first have achieved the rank of 8th Dan and have been consistently practicing and teaching Taekwondo for many years. They must also have made significant contributions to the art, such as teaching, promoting, and spreading the principles of Taekwondo in their community and beyond.  The test for a 9th

Passive stretching

                                                                Picture source: source Passive stretching is a form of stretching where you use an external force or assistance, such as a partner, a strap, or gravity, to help you stretch your muscles. This type of stretching is great for improving flexibility, as it helps to lengthen and relax the muscles while minimizing the risk of injury. Here are some tips on how to improve your flexibility using passive stretching: 1. Warm up: Before you begin any passive stretching routine, it is important to warm up your muscles to prevent injury. This can be done through activities such as jogging, jumping jacks, or dynamic stretching. A warm-up helps to increase blood flow to the muscles, making them more pliable and ready for stretching. 2. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds: To effectively improve flexibility, it is important to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. This gives enough time for the muscles to relax and lengthen. Yo

Who is Choi Hong Hi?

Choi Hong-hi, a South Korean Army General and martial artist, played a crucial role in the history of Taekwondo. However, he remains controversial due to his introduction of Taekwondo in North Korea. Many regard Choi as the "Founder of Taekwon-Do", particularly organizations belonging to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), the first international federation for Taekwondo, which he founded. However, others, such as World Taekwondo, portray Choi as either unimportant or dishonorable in Taekwondo history. His omission from their versions of Taekwondo history or through explicit statements has led to this controversy. Born on 9 November 1918 in what is now North Korea, Choi claimed that his father sent him to study calligraphy under Han Il-dong, who was "a master of Taekkyeon, the ancient Korean art of foot fighting". However, he later recanted this story and said that he never studied taekkyeon and that it had nothing to contribute to Taekwondo. Choi travele

Chang Moo Kwan

Chang Moo Kwan is a Korean martial arts style that was established by Yoon Byung-in and Lee Nam Suk. In the late 1950s, several kwans were united under the leadership of Choi Hong Hi to form the Korea Taekwondo Association, and a universal Korean martial art, Taekwondo, was created. In 1946, Yoon Byung-in's teacher, Byung In Yoon, established the "YMCA Kwon Bop Bu." Yoon had learned Chinese Kung Fu under a Mongolian instructor in Manchuria. While studying karate at a university in Japan, Yoon became involved in a confrontation with Japanese karate students, using Chuan-fa to defend himself. He then shared his knowledge of Chuan-fa with Kanken Tōyama, who in turn taught Yoon his Shudo-Ryu karate. Yoon then created his own martial art known as Kwon Bop Kong Soo Do, which was influenced by Chinese Kung Fu. Following Yoon's departure during the Korean War, Lee Nam Suk took over and renamed the school to Chang Moo Kwan. In 1955, the kwans unified under the leadership of Ch

Old days Taekwondo full classes (1980s & 1990s)

  Based on the many comments that we get on our social media plat forms, we do notice that thousands of people are missing the old days Taekwondo, including the era training style and also the kyorugi style. We all know that Taekwondo has changed a lot, The training in dojangs is not the same as it was before, even though some schools are sticking to the tradition but they are becoming less and less, because those who are training the old fashioned way are specifically the ones that do not compete in WT events nowadays. The old style training focused more on making strong and powerful fighters, who would use effective techniques in sparring, and we barely see in fancy moves, and we have written an article about a one time use of 540 degree kick in world championships history. Kyorugi is becoming a front leg sparring and almost no fighter start their sparring by a back leg. In other hand, the kicks are softer than before, and head kicks are not causing any knock downs or knock outs, in

78 years Tribute to Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is a martial arts organization founded by Hwang Kee in South Korea in 1945. The licensed schools teach Soo Bahk Do, which was previously known as Tang Soo Do. The history of Moo Duk Kwan begins with Hwang Kee witnessing a man using Taekyon to defend himself, leading him to develop his own martial art. He later appealed to Chinese martial arts teacher Yang Kuk Jin for training and fused together Chinese and Korean martial arts into a form he initially called Hwa Soo Do, then changed to Tang Soo Do. In 1957, he was introduced to the Muye Dobo Tongji, which led to the name of his martial art system being changed to Soo Bahk Do in 1960. By 1960, Tang Soo Do was being practiced by almost 75% of all martial artists in Korea and eventually spread worldwide, with close to 300,000 practitioners.  After Hwang Kee died in 2002, his son Hwang Hyun-chul (Jin Mun) was named his successor. This appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the United States Soo Bahk D