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  • Why We do Taekwondo

    Why We do Taekwondo

    When we think back to why we took up Taekwondo we come up with so many reasons.No matter our age, it’s usually because we wanted (or someone who loves us wanted us) to learn and develop in some way. As we developed we met some awesome people along the way through our instructors, and friends we made from classes and tournaments. Blackbelts developed a great deal by overcoming many obstacles and conquering all sorts of challenges, and should celebrate their accomplishments.It’s like winning a championship. So what happens now?What comes after being a champion? There’s a saying, “I didn’t come this far, to only come this far.” ....

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  • The Authentic Taekwondo Journey

    The Authentic Taekwondo Journey

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with interest and curiosity: the proverbial single stride that grows over time and drives us forward. With consistent effort and desire the beginner student finds ways to enjoy every moment of the journey, not rushing to arrive to a single destination, but realizing there are multiple goals stretched over a never ending learning experience. The true martial artist understands that success and happiness comes from studying the discipline, the skills and knowledge gains, the experiences, the friendships and, ultimately, the legacy we leave behind. Authentic Martial Arts offers a little bit of everything – and also the satisfaction to know that ....

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  • Pros and Cons of Martial Arts for Teens

    The Risks and Benefits of Martial Arts Classes for Teens Does Martial Arts promote violence? Will my teenager learn to defend herself? How likely is my teen to get injured while doing martial arts? These are just a few of the questions many parents have when they consider signing their teen up for Taekwondo lessons. Taekwondo, like other forms of martial art, can be really good for teens. But, there are several things you should consider before signing your teen up for classes.
    Forms of Martial Arts
    More than 6.5 million children in the United States participate in some type of martial arts. Before you sign your teen up for any type of class, make sure you and your ....

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  • Significance of Heart Rate During Exercise

    Significance of Heart Rate During Exercise

    With the presence of wearable technology, it has become easy to monitor heart rate. But what is an ideal heart rate for rest and exercise? Heart rate at rest
    The best time to check your resting heart rate is first thing in the morning, even before you have that hot cup of coffee. Normal resting heart rates should be between 60 to 100 bmp. Lower heart rates mean your heart muscles are in great condition and does not need to work hard to maintain a regular heart beat. People who are active can have heart rates as low as 50 bpm or lower and high performance athletes can have resting heart rates as low as 40 beats per minute. Higher heart rates can be attributed to stress, anxiety, ....

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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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