Bowing in Taekwondo

Taekwondo vs. Wing Chun: What is the Difference?

Taekwondo and Wing Chun have just about nothing in common and therefore the differences between these two martial arts are vast. They were developed in two different countries with completely different techniques and philosophies on fighting. The only similarity you will find that they have in common are that they’re used for self-defense. In order to get a better understanding, …

Gear for Taekwondo classes

What’s the Best Age for Kids to Start Taekwondo?

The best age for kids to start learning Taekwondo is at the age of five or older. By this age, they are able to listen to their instructors and are able to follow simple instructions. At this age they can better execute basic techniques and even be able to memorize how to do most of them. The result is a …

History of Martial Arts

What is a Brief History of Martial Arts?

Tracing the history of martial arts can be difficult. Even historians cannot currently agree upon how martial arts came to be. Part of the problem stems from the fact that a lot of the early history was never written down. I have illustrations from thousands of years ago depicting people who are purported to be engaged in a martial arts …

TaeKwonDo and the Olympics

TaeKwondo and the Olympic Games

The art of TaeKwondo is still a fairly new martial that has only been around for less than a hundred years. But in the short time the martial art has been practiced it has had a meteoric rise in popularity. It is now practiced by millions across the world and had the honor of becoming an Olympic sport in 2000. …

Kihap in Taekwonfo

What Is The Kihap (Yell) in TaeKwonDo?

The word Kihap is a portmanteau of the Korean words “ki” and “hap.” Ki is an incredibly important concept in East Asian martial arts,. While ki is literally translated as “air,” “gas,” or “breath,” it is more commonly used as a term for a person’s energy, life force, or even mood. It is essentially a spiritual and psychological bridge between …

TaeKwonDo Injuries

The most common Taekwondo injuries and how to treat them

I spoke to Kevin Jensen and John Lee from Infinite Health for some expert advice about taekwondo injuries and treatments. Kevin is a massage therapist who has worked with the Argentine National Taekwondo Team and competed himself in World Youth Taekwondo championships in Canada, the Costa Rica Open and 2x Pan-American championships in Mexico. John Lee is a qualified physical …

Hand Conditioning Martial Arts

How To Condition Your Hands for TaeKwonDo

It is often assumed that within Taekwondo it is kick dominant and little to no punches are taught. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Punching is a large part of Taekwondo curriculums and to advance in rank you must perform proper form when throwing punches. With that said, many new students to Taekwon have a common question about hand …

Cleaning Martial Arts Gear

How To Condition Your Shins for TaeKwonDo

In a kick heavy martial art like Taekwondo, those new to the martial art often deal with injured shins. Their shins are not conditioned for the demand that a martial art like Taekwondo puts on them. This leaves many new to training wondering just how they go about conditioning their shins? I have compiled a complete list of ways to …

TaeKwonDo Uniform

Why is a TaeKwonDo Uniform White?

A TaeKwondo Uniform is white in order to demonstrate that everyone is the same when training and to emphasis that one is judged on their skills and not on their appearance. It also signifies the ideals of purity, modesty and avoidance of self admiration. First practiced in the 1940 and 1940s, Taekwondo is a relatively new entrant to the world …