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  • Train Your Dreams

    The memories of my training sessions are still as vivid as some of my most memorable fights. I learned very early on in my athletic career that if you don’t train consistently, you will not be able to achieve your goals in competitions. I also realized that there are some odd “natural” athletes who don’t need to train regularly, and they show up to tournaments to collect their hardware. Unfortunately, I was not one of these gifted individuals. I used to train regularly 3 hours a day, 4 times a week and increased my training substantially as the competition grew wider. I felt the Dojang was my second home. I spent majority of my afternoons there and even my ....

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  • 7 Self-Defense Techniques for Women Recommended by a Professional

    Victor Lyalko, the acknowledged martial arts master, wrote a book where he described the most effective methods of self-defense to help women if they are attacked. Bright Side
    has chosen the easiest and most effective moves for different situations. Any woman can do these no matter how big or heavy the attacker is. 1. For starters, memorize the vulnerable places. It doesn’t matter how big or heavy your attacker is because you can beat anyone if you know where the most vulnerable spots are. The main ones are the eyes, nose, throat, chest, knees, and groin.
    You can attack in any way you want, but to be on the safe side, you need to remember that the most ....

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  • Barack Obama Taekwondo?

    Famous people doing Taekwondo!! In 2009 when Obama visited South Korea for the first time as president, he was awarded an honorary Black Belt. Research a little more and you will find that he actually practiced Taekwondo from 2001 until 2004 and earned a green belt but some sites claim he went all the way to blue belt. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak personally chose the gift in recognition of Obama’s past interest in the Korean martial art, as reported on the World Taekwondo Federation website. Obama seems pretty pumped about his new achievement President Obama and Lee trade moves as he is awarded his new Black Belt! ....

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  • The Plateau Effect

    While playing sports or any activity over a long period of time, there will come a time when you will plateau. At Plateau it feels as if your progress is at a standstill despite your persistent efforts, majority quit or move to something else. But plateau is a natural part of development and, most importantly, it is a state of mind and the few who make it through can look forward to higher accomplishments and greater rewards. When starting Taekwondo people don’t usually know anything about kicking and punching techniques. Surprisingly enough, in the first few months their knowledge grows exponentially, and they realize the progress every time a color belt test is approaching. The ....

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  • Martial Arts Movie Inspirations

    Every Martial artist at one point or another was inspired by a movie they saw. Here are a few movies (in no particular order) that inspired many generation of Martial Artists.
    Bruce Lee’s Fists of Fury
    – Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) has left his homeland of China and relocated to stay with family in Thailand. Chen, who swore to his mother that he would avoid violence in his new life and even wears a necklace to remind himself of this oath, is tested when he confronts trouble at his job. When he finds out the factory he works at is a cover for a drug ring, and his family members are murdered by members of the gang, he can avoid fighting no more and decides to confront his corrupt ....

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  • How To Help Your Child Prevent Bullying?

    The first time I was confronted with bullying was probably when I was a child. It’s so vague in my memory that I can’t even remember it, because the concepts of bullying didn’t really exist in Afghanistan. When I came to Canada, I figured it was normal to be taunted and called names. I was called racist names, mocked for wearing cheap clothes and so much more. But I just learned to deal with it, whether it was through humour or standing up for myself, I adjusted and through time, I got better at it. Sure, the words hurt but I learned to pick my battles and also learned to surround myself with people who shared common interests. Unfortunately, telling my parents about ....

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  • 5 Reasons Your Child Should Start Martial Arts

    There are so many reasons to do Martial Arts. Just ask parents who have children in enrolled in any of our programs. They’ll talk about confidence, discipline and a winning attitude. Below are are just some of reasons for enrolling your children in Taekwondo today. 1. Thwart bullies and Learn Self Defence
    : Bullies tend to be people with low self image and the only way they could make themselves feel better is by picking on someone who shows clear signs of weakness. Someone who lacks confidence, doesn’t make eye contact, hunched back and gives uncertain replies. At Authentic Taekwondo we teach our students, to use their voice and communicate clearly. We also build ....

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  • The 4 A's of Self Defense

    Typically when we think about self defence we are reminded of action movies, where the main character is highly trained in combat, defends him/her self and fights off bad guys. However, having trained in different martial arts for over 20 years and a lot of time researching self defence, I have simplified it into 4 basic areas. The 4 A’s of Self Defence.
    : First you must walk with confidence, regardless of where you are. Shoulders back, head up and focused on where you’re going (and not on your phone). Most victims are people who seem insecure or helpless. It’s sort of like a self fulfilling prophecy, act like you’re vulnerable and you will ....

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  • Passion For Taekwondo

    Hi my name is Akmal Farah and this blog is not only about Taekwondo but more so about life. My passion for Martial Arts started when I was only 5 years old. Growing up in Afghanistan was a daily challenge, and TV and movies represented a good way to escape the reality for me and many of my fellow kids. At that time Bruce Lee was a popular figure and his tough minded philosophy coupled with the Bollywood “happily ever after” style changed my perception of reality. I started to dream to become one of these strong characters, always tougher and stronger despite any adversary.I was five years old and my older siblings served as points of reference, therefore I took the ....

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