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Tae Kwon Do Times

November 2018

TaeKwonDo Times is an international publication that focuses on Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts. Topics include history, philosophy, practical self-defense and business strategies. Our motto is "Uniting the World Through Martial Arts."

United States
Tri Mount Publications LLC
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6 Issues


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from the publisher/jung woojin respect

One thing that is too often missing in today’s world is respect. People should show respect for one another. People should respect their family members, seniors, teachers, neighbors and others. It is important to show respect through actions, not through words. If you show respect to others, they will respect you. In my dojang I encourage all students, senior and junior, to respect one another. The senior belts bow and show respect to the junior belts, and vice versa. In this issue we show respect for Choi Hong-Hi, the founder of Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do is now practiced in over 200 countries. The last time I saw General Choi, I gave him a great bow to show my respect for his contribution to the world.…

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martial art news

Giving the gift of empowerment A Tae Kwon Do blogger mum from WA and Australian Taekwondo have teamed up in the hope of providing at least one woman in need with a scholarship covering all expenses associated with one year of Tae Kwon Do training at her local club or school. Kristy Hitchens, also known as The Mortal Mouse Taekwondo Blogger, came up with the idea to crowdfund for what she’s calling a Pink Belt Scholarship, but daunted by the potential scope of the project, approached Australian Taekwondo for support. The non-profit peak body for Tae Kwon Do in Australia quickly agreed in light of its renewed focus on increasing participation in Tae Kwon Do for everyone, regardless of age, income or ability. “I started Tae Kwon Do about 18 months ago at age…

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a new kind of leader for the tang soo do world

By now we have met pretty much all the grandmaster archetypes, from the retired champion to the descendant of a system. We can pretty much guess the personality type of the leader of an organization within a few minutes of meeting him (or her). Not saying that is necessarily a bad thing, but as someone who researches various systems and methods, I am more often than not attracted to those who don’t fit neatly in any one stereotype. When I moved to South Korea 18 years ago, one of my goals was to study the Korean art of Tang Soo Do so I could experience it as my childhood hero, Chuck Norris, had. After a lot of dead ends and brick walls, I was introduced to one organization located in the…

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celebrating 100 years: 1918-2018

On November 9,1918, under the lunar calendar a boy was born who was named Choi Hong-Hi. This birth took place in the northeastern part of Korea, which was then already under a couple of decades of colonial occupation by Imperial Japan. Few know this, but the November 9th date on the lunar calendar converts to December 22 on the Western calendar. However, when Choi Hong-Hi would later move to Toronto, Canada, he kept November 9th as the day he would celebrate his birthday. Choi Hong-Hi would grow up shaped by the terrible treatment Koreans suffered under the brutal control of the Empire of Japan. After being forcefully conscripted to serve in the Imperial Army, he and other Korean student soldiers plotted to overtake the local colonial authorities and join the Korean…

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my father

My father would have been 100 years old this November. As if he could avoid death by being constantly on the move, he was already planning the next trip as soon as he came home. Perhaps he was the happiest when he was teaching, discussing, demonstrating Tae Kwon Do in front of an adoring crowd. He usually kept a grueling schedule of crossing multiple time zones in a few days that his entourage of mostly young men, less than half his age, could not keep up. They would “fall like flies” he would complain, out of exhaustion, lack of sleep, lack of proper living conditions and food while staying in underdeveloped countries. But nothing fazed him, which was a source of wonder to those around him. My father took much delight in the…

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tribute to general choi hong-hi

I met General Choi Hong-Hi in Aurora, Colorado, when he visited my dojang, Kim’s Taekwondo Institute, during the early nineteen seventies. At that time he was already regarded as the “father of Tae Kwon Do,” but he still had much important work ahead of him. Before his death in 2002, Gen. Choi was instrumental in spreading his beloved martial art throughout the world, and because of his devoted efforts, there are now more than seventy million students practicing Tae Kwon Do in virtually every country on earth. Choi created Tae Kwon Do by combining elements of the two martial arts he had studied as a young man: Taekkyeon, an ancient Korean self-defense system, and Karate, which he studied under Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. In 1965 he published Taekwon-Do, the…