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Traditional Style vs. Olympic Style

By:   Updated on: September 16, 2012

Hey Team TaeKwonWoo! Annyong hashimnikka?
Traditional Style vs. Olympic Style, the debate goes on…Anyone who has been practicing TaeKwonDo for more than a year has heard this debate. As a lifelong TKD stylist I have personally taken many a verbal “beat down” by practitioners of other Martial Arts. Their attacks focus on one aspect of TKD training, kyorugi/free sparring. Common generalizations are thrown around such as; “That would never work in real life”, “Those kicks have no power” or the most hurtful of all…”TaeKwonDo is not a real Martial Art”. Most of these peoples basis of knowledge come from watching YouTube videos of Sport/Olympic style matches where the goal is to outscore your opponent not send him/her to the hospital. Most of these critics have never set foot inside of a Dojang to see a school with a good mix of Traditional Style and Olympic style. Now I will say that in my almost 38 years of practicing TKD I have run across Dojang’s which have almost totally phased out Traditional Style practice. Poomse/Forms are only practiced to get promoted. Han Bun Kyorugi/One step sparring and Self Defense have also been eliminated in favor of spending more time teaching Olympic style sparring. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for what having TKD in the Olympics has done for the popularity of the Art that I love, but are we moving too far away from our foundation? Are we turning out future Masters who have no idea of the Martial foundations of TaeKwonDo and what it was created for? When you view Master Woo’s videos you see he has perfectly blended Traditional style TaeKwonDo and Olympic style. Also, his criteria for promotion indicate this as well. What are your opinions my Martial Friends? Have we watered down a truly dominating Martial Art? Let me know what you think… Sign up and share your thoughts with the world!
Happy Practicing!
There are no superior martial arts, only superior martial artists…

Re; Korean Terminology in training

By:   Updated on: September 12, 2012

Annyong hashimnikka? Sara, Thanks for helping to kick off Master Woo's blog! I hope you will continue to provide insights in your training from a beginners point of view!

A few months ago I had asked Master Woo about posting some videos on Korean Terminology and he responded almost immediately with the video you watched. Also you will notice that he includes the names of the Blocks, Strikes, kicks etc...in his more recent videos and I'm sure he is working on another Korean language tutorial as we speak. A quick side comment...Is it just me or does anyone else think Master Woo must have a clone? With all the things he is involved in I can't imagine how he has the time to do it all! Just Saying...LOL.. On to the matter at hand... I am very much in favor of having students learn the Korean names for what they are doing. Lets face it, not many of us will become fluent in Korean, but I believe in giving credit and respect where it is due and since Korea is the birthplace of the Art we love, why not give the respect by learning the terminology! Hey and if you are not doing so already you can use the phrase I opened this post with, (Annyong hashimnikka?) when greeting your Master or fellow students. it is the formal way of saying Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening! It would be a great surprise and a sign of respect.

Happy Practicing!
Kamsahamnida (Thank You)

Re:Korean Terminology

By:   Updated on: September 12, 2012

I think it is necessary and I have enjoyed the Korean terminology I have learned so far. One reason I can think of is that perhaps it differentiates Taekwondo blocks, patterns, and so on from other martial arts. When someone talks about a dubok we all know they are talking specifically about the taekwondo uniform as opposed to karate or other martial arts uniforms.
I have watched Master Woo's Learn Korean #1 video. Are there more videos in this series? I could not find any other ones.

I am only just starting out as a white belt. I find this website excellent. My taekwondo instructed asked me after class yesterday what other martial arts I have taken in the past. I have never taken any before but thanks to this website my instructor thinks I am the best in the class. Thank you Master Woo!

Korean Terminology in Training...

By:   Updated on: September 10, 2012

Hey Team TaeKwonWoo! Annyong hashimnikka? Welcome to Master Woo's/TAEKWONWOO.NET'S Blog. A chance for us TaeKwonDo Stylists to talk, voice opinions, but most of all share our common experiences and positive energy from our practice of TaeKwonDo! I have been training in TaeKwonDo since I was 13 years old. Doesn't sound like a long time until I say that I was 13 in 1974 LOL. I recieved my 1st Dan in 1978 from Grand Master Sang Soo (Tiger) Kim (R.I.P.)in the Bronx, N.Y. (Go Yankees, Just kidding) Back then when TaeKwonDo was first taking off to gain a foot hold in American Society that only knew of Karate and Kung Fu, most schools used Japanese terminology to make it easier for people to relate. TaeKwonDo was commonly referred to as Korean Karate. Your uniform was a Gi not a Dobok etc...So imagine all the Black Belts produced in those times who knew little or no Korean terminology...For those of use who felt that we owed that respect to the country that gave us this wonderful art we played catch up and tried to learn the terminology. So what about you guys and gals? Is it necessary? Should it be required? What was it like in other countries, what is it like now? Lets get a dialogue going... I could think of two big reasons right off the top of my head. So bring it on and lets get started!! Kamsahamnida, Steve...

Our blog has been finally launched.

By:   Updated on: September 8, 2012

I'm glad that finally our blog has been launched as I'm writing this.

Believe it or not, it was overwhelming task to set up and prepare environment for PHP and MySQL, create a database table and write scrip the forms to power our new dynamic websites.
Content management system (CMS) that is what they call.

Anyway I hoping that I can share more info and store systemically through our db. so it can be useful for anyone visit and read it.

If anyone wants to be a contributor on our blog to get a privilege to write and manage the content, please contact me through contact form.

In overall, there are so much to learn and thanks for Ton who greatly helped me to make this happen to the world. Thanks Ton!!