I Swallowed A Pill Called Taekwondo, Would You?

“If there was a pill that would allow you to improve your skills in sports including; reaction time, ability, quickness, power, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility with absolutely no downside would you take it?”

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How Long Will It Take For Me To Get My Black Belt?

One of the most popular questions questions on the topic of Tae Kwon Do we get at The MMA Zone is, “how long will it take for me to get my black belt“?

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So, Your A Black Belt, Big Deal…

What happened to the good old days when someone was a black belt they were respected and/or feared.  It didn’t matter if they were a black belt in Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo, or any-other-fu style.  Now with the explosion of MMA the only 3 or 4 that seem to matter are JiuJitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Wrestling since that is typically the skills of most top mixed martial arts fighters.  However, other styles still have their reason for existing.  Other styles like Taekwondo, Karate, or Judo are still very important and effective as a self-defense even though they are not in the MMA mix.

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Using The Spinning Heel Kick To Perfection

A few weeks ago Evan Geis wrote a fantastic article on the Taekwondo Tornado Kick. Another great kick that MMA has adopted from the Taekwondo style that you don’t see often is the spinning heel kick also known as the reverse roundhouse kick.

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Taekwondo, MMA, & Anthony Pettis

Written by: Evan Geis

When pondering over Tae Kwon Do and the UFC one name pops out. That fighter is no other then Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Pettis is based in Tae Kwon Do. This is not only rare in the UFC but, makes his kicks volatile. Pettis is known primarily for three kicks. Those are his rib smashing roundhouse kick, hid hidden over the top roundhouse, and of course his famed Showtime kick. Let’s take a deeper look into this kicking superstar.Anthony Pettis & Taekwondo

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How the Tornado Kick Can Improve your Sparring

written by: Evan Geis

There is one sport in the world known for its high flying, aerobatic, and spinning kicks. This is known as the sport of Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do.  TaeKwonDo utilizes simple kicks plus the spinning of your hips to generate forces well over a ton. One of the more famous spinning kicks is the tornado kick.

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The Taekwondo Beginner Uniform

Taekwondo is a sport that requires great agility, focus, and dedication. As much as the techniques are about fighting and self-defense, they also invoke self-respect and confidence. If you want to gain respect in your Taekwondo tactics, you must first appreciate the art itself. Part of showing appreciation to the craft of Taekwondo is by wearing the uniform, or dobok properly.

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Taegeuk Poomsae & Black Belt Dan Grading

The Taegeuk poomsae are formed in a way that enables the profound philosophy of Taegeuk to be an essential part of the techniques performed. Each Kwae is being reflected within each poomsae, which elucidates the Tae Kwon Do spirit as well as the profundity of its techniques.

The group of these eight poomsae is being taught and examined sequentially, from the yellow to black belt trainees.

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Should I Let My Child Learn Taekwondo?

In our last post we talked about how to find the perfect Taekwondo school, however what if you aren’t even to that point yet?  What if you are still deciding if “little Tommy” or “little Sara” should learn Taekwondo or not.  There are two issues that most parents worry about and the first one is that their child will get hurt while sparring.  However, in most reputable schools your child will not spar until he or she has the skills to protect themselves in a sparring session. Secondly, parent worry about their child becoming a bully and using their new found Taekwondo fighting skills in the school yard beating up the less fortunate kids.  However, in Taekwondo fighting is taught as the last resort and should only be used in self defense.

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Tips On Finding The Perfect Taekwondo School For Your Child

Taekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts in the entire world. One of the strongest factors in its growth is its emergence as very popular Olympic sport.  Every four years there is a spike in the members of Taekwondo students around the world. Another important factor in it’s growth is that there are numerous Taekwondo schools within any given community.

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