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Correcting mistakes

Board Breaking Tips One of the things I love most about Taekwon-Do practitioners is their unique openness to trying new things despite potential failures. Not the least of which is our exposure when demonstrating a board break at a test. Everyone wants to break on the first attempt (including the holders!) All eyes are upon […]

Way of the Poker Warrior

Master Paul Hoppe has been a teacher and respected senior of mine since the late 1990s.  His flawless technique and effortless sparring skill cannot be mistaken for anything other than countless hours of practice and disciplined mental training. Recently, he completed a 28-day Grindathon, during which he played poker, then recorded a Hand of the […]

Black belt isn’t just something you “get”

Most martial artists and non-martial artists understand that a black belt is something you “earn”, not just something you “get”. But, please hear me out, I would like to take it a step further.  I like to think of a black belt as something in the present tense. I like to think of a black […]

Don’t just do Taekwon-Do

Grandmaster Kim said something to me several years ago that remained with me and has helped me avoid the injuries and nagging pain that plagued me during my blue belt and red belt years. He said “Don’t just do Taekwon-Do“. He also said, “if all you do is Taekwon-Do, your body starts to fall apart”. […]

Goals for 2010 – Oneonta Taekwon-Do

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there. – Yogi Berra Dear Students, First, thank you very much for the generous gifts. I was very surprised and happy to receive a gift I can enjoy with my family. I have been thinking a great deal about the coming changes for Oneonta Taekwon-Do […]

Zig Ziglar’s method for achieving goals

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there. – Yogi Berra Theory, theory, theory. Blah, blah, blah. Over the years I’ve read countless articles and books on personal development and the pursuit of goals.  Most of them were put down, tossed aside, <yawn>, NEXT! A couple of years ago, I was in […]

December 2009 promotion test videos

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who tested.  It was great to close the year with a black belt interim test and a long overdue promotion for Cael McCabe. I’ve posted the videos for each student in it’s own article: Brian Davis 2nd Dan interim test Finn Brown-Collins earns yellow belt Jennifer Butler earns blue stripe […]

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