Monday, March 31, 2008

Yong In 2008 TKD Tournament (Avenel, NJ)

The Avenel Middle School gymnasium was pretty packed for this tournament, and the day saw some great competitions. We'll post some more results, but from the World Champion TKD team, the three competitors each took home golds.

Yes, that does mean that this tae kwon blogger took home a gold in forms and in sparring, in the Geritol league.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

New Jersey Tournament 2008 (US Yong-In)

The tournament starts tomorrow! The application is provided in the link - should be a good one. Connecticut and New York state tourneys coming up in May...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New York State Tae Kwon Do Tournament, May 3rd

Mark your calendars, the NYS Tournament is scheduled for May 3rd. And now, some video with very dramatic music to set the mood.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Video

These masters demonstrate a few Tae Kwon Do techniques - fun to watch.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Strategy and Martial Arts - If Sparring Is Part of Your Practice

I have to admit, I'm fascinated by the parallels between Tae Kwon Do (or any hand to hand combat style) and general principles of military strategy.

It shouldn't be surprising, but many of the concepts of military strategy are really useful to the hand to hand combat practitioner (wiki). If you read through this wiki, you'll probably see some concepts which resonate if you've sparred before - surprise, security, simplicity, for example.

Something which may get lost is the difference between a controlled setting, like a match, versus an uncontrolled setting, such as an attack on the street. Of course, there are many things a sporting opponent may not do, such as punch to the face, throw or take you down, employ weapons, etc.

In military strategy, this would be your theater or context, combined with your objective - are you training for self-defense or for fitness and fun? For sparring? In each case, a different set of rules apply.