Archive for April, 2014

Holy Cow! The Fattest Taekwondo I Have Ever Seen

        This is the fattest Taekwondo guy I have ever seen, He is ITF Taekwondo with some group called Taekwondo America (oh the same name as the one in the movie Foot Fist Way). This guy is doing a form and then spars in 2 matches. This was in 2007. Hopefully now in 2014 he has lost a ton of weight…

        As crazy and wild as this is I have to give the fat guy credit for not being afraid to show up at a tournament with many people watching and competing. He even won his first match. Of course in a real fight he would be killed in a matter of seconds. This is point touch karate which is typical ITF style tournament sparring. Even a super fat guy can win!

        This guy claims his dobok was specially made for his extreme size.

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U.S. Special Forces Were Taught Taekwondo

        At one time in the United States military history, the special forces were taught Taekwondo and Karate. I find this fun to look into and awhile back I bought an old military combat manual reprint of the U.S. Army Special Forces Hand To Hand Combat Manual.

This manual was apparently released by the Pentagon for U.S. Army Special Forces only and contains Karate and Taekwondo techniques and a tiny bit of martial arts history as well as a list of what soldiers have to do to pass promotion tests for army martial arts instructor certification (they had to learn “kata”, but they do not teach the kata in this book only mention the names which were the Haian kata but it only mentions 1, 2, & 4 and not 3 for some reason, they also had to do a lot of free sparring). It has photos of soldiers in fatigues demonstrating movements and self defense techniques. I believe the Army created this manual after the Vietnam War or during it. I am not sure. Anyway, it is a good read and shows that Taekwondo and Karate were taken as serious fighting systems, even for killing an enemy in war. Very cool and inspired in me the oldschool hardcore nature of what Taekwondo was about when it was created and gives me a sense of pride in my martial art. This is a fun read for any serious Taekwondo lover.

Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1601700032/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Absolutely Bizarre Taekwondo And Ballet

        I know Taekwondo has been criticized a lot with people saying it’s just ballet and sucks. Well now we have to deal with people who literally, and seriously think it is actually ballet and think it is cool to be ballet. Seriously…what the heck…why….just…why….

Another performance:

At least Taekwondo isn’t the only kind of martial art doing such nonsense. Our forefather Shotokan is also guilty:

but actually the Shotokan one is more modern dance and not really ballet and looks trashy.

Anyway, the future of Taekwondo looks EPIC!!!! I guess…

Amazing Taekwondo Kid Fighter

        Check out this amazing 6 year old kid hit the pads.  He does it better than many adults in your average mcdojang, even some of those “master chief instructors” from that one organization. This kid has some power to his kicks with nice hard slaps. His accuracy is amazing. It’s always a wonderful thing to see children doing martial arts, and doing them well. Hopefully this kid will not get burnt out and quit when he becomes a teenager. If I was this kid’s instructor I would now teach him kickboxing so he is well rounded and not only doing Olympic rules sparring training. Also, I would love to see if this kid’s poomsae are as good as his pad work! I have a hard enough time getting an average kid to do anything in Taekwondo. This kid is destined for greatness if his parents and instructor do it right. Hopefully he doesn’t peak as a kid then stay the same and never improve.

 Every Martial Artist Should Cross-Train In Boxing Part 4

*Authored by White Dragon

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        I have officially completed 1 month of boxing training at a real boxing gym. It has been a good experience and I feel my upper-in-guard-stance punching has improved a ton since training here. The workouts are great too and keep me in really good shape. I feel like I am stronger and have a lot more stamina. I am sore every day so that is a good thing. The only thing that is tough is knowing you will have to spar some guy who is really good and will completely own you in the ring and you will get hit in the face a lot and it will hurt. The problem is that not many guys will work with you, they see it as a competition to win against you instead of help you learn. A few guys do help me out and I like sparring with them. Every gym always has at least 1 or 2 alpha male types in it, and this gym certainly does have one that I try to avoid and do not even try to talk to because he is an alpha male type and always insulting and arrogant. He is just very sarcastic and talks aggressively on top of the fact he will spar hard and not help me learn. Anyway…

Week 5

Monday–        This was a good training session. Just good work. 3 rounds of jump rope with light shadow boxing in between. Then a stomach class for 15 minutes and after that 5 rounds of good shadow boxing with slow shadow boxing between rounds. Then i did about 7 rounds on the heavy bag with defensive drills and shadow boxing with gloves on between rounds. It was a hard workout and exhausting. Hitting the heavy bag is like doing bench presses over and over. During my training I really try to keep my confidence up and get ready for when I will have to spar again.
Today I met an MMA fighter from another state who came in to try out boxing to better his skill set. The coach had some good things to say about his idea of what a good coach is. A good coach is someone who will never get in the ring with his guys ever. You either choose to be a fighter or you choose to be a coach. You cannot be both. Once you age you are slower and not as good. If you get in the ring and beat up one of your students he will get discouraged and leave and never come back. If you get in the ring with an athletic 20-something guy and he is faster and tougher than you then you will lose respect when he outdoes you in the ring. So the best tip is to simply coach. There comes a point in every martial artists life where he slows down from older age and also injuries and he cannot be that athletic warrior he used to be. A true teacher will admit this and be the best dang coach he can be! Not that this coach cannot box anymore or sucks at fighting, he doesn’t, but he is just being real about coaching. Good knowledge.

Tuesday–        I came in and they were already finishing up stomach class. They started before, and I just joined them doing mountain climbers for 30 seconds and they finished. I went to the elliptical and used it for 30 minutes. Then I did 5 rounds of the speed bag, 5 rounds of shadow boxing, and about 7 rounds on the heavy bag. I spent about 2 and a half hours there. I did not do any sparring because that one alpha male guy was there and I knew if I sparred I would have to fight him. When I was shadow boxing he was sparring one guy I have sparred once before. The alpha male guy hit the other guy full force when there was an opening. He really did not have to do that. He hit him full power and knocked the guy backwards to where he almost fall over and out of the ring. he fell into the ropes and fell through the middle of them and he looked really rocked and dazed but recovered just in time to grab the top rope in order to keep him from crashing to the floor outside the ring. I thought it was absolutely unnecessary to hit the guy that hard. The coach just laughed like it was fine and told the guy who fell “I loved your gymnastics move there grabbing the rope!” And the guy just laughed and was like “huh huh yeah man!” and he gave the guy who punched him a high 5. I guess he was proving he is a macho tough guy and can take a hit. For me I think it is absolutely counterproductive and uncalled for and I don’t need to save face to look macho, the guy who hit him is overly aggressive and he makes me want to quit this gym and not even attempt to spar. This gym started out fun and I was learning some good stuff, but the teaching and personal attention slowed down and I was told to fight dudes who go all out on me and I do not learn. The alpha male type who punched that guy so hard is the same guy who went full power on me when I told him I am a beginner and know nothing. He is just a typical alpha male type and just very rude. I pay to learn to box, but I cannot learn in this kind of environment with people who fight full force instead of slow it down for me. Sparring is not the same as fighting in my opinion and for someone to learn concepts he should be taught very slow and have slow paced and light contact sparring to get used to boxing. They don’t do that much here except 1 or 2 times the first time you spar, but after that it seems a free for all on your head and face by the guys who are good. I do not have insurance so I do not want to get a broken nose.

Wednesday–        Feeling discouraged and also feeling bad about my abilities I decided to take this day off. I did spend the evening teaching one of my Taekwondo students.

Thursday–        I went in today and the coach was not even there. Members were there working out and I saw one guy who is a beginner and talked to him. I asked if he wanted to practice catching jabs and so we did. Since no one was there to yell at us for doing things wrong we took advantage of the time to practice catching jabs and light contact sparring working strictly on movement and technique and defenses. It was incredibly fun! This is how boxing training should be, very fun and repetition of movements. Just drilling things to get the concepts down.  Me and him cannot do this with the regular guys as there is no drilling or working at our level, they will just try to knock us out. We hit the speed bag some and heavy bag then sparred again and then we called it a night. The coach was getting ready for a boxing tournament apparently and left the gym unsupervised that night.

Friday–        The gym is closed so there is no training today. Tonight was the first day of this gyms state boxing tournament. I went to watch the fights tonight and it was pretty cool I guess. It is amateur boxing so it is what it is. Some people are sloppy and flailing around crazy, and some have some pretty good technique, and some a very good and technical. A lot of people had the guts to go in there and fight even if they got beat. One guy I met at the gym before was a previous MMA fighter and he fought but then he really lost bad because he kept diving in forward and closing the distance and was not scoring and kept getting scored on. Boxing is not MMA and there is no Muay Thai clinch or wrestling so his technique did not work.

Saturday–        The second day of the tournament is tonight but I am not going. So there is no training today. It costs a lot of money to go each night and I am broke. Good luck to the fighters!

Sunday–        I did not train today. Doing other stuff.

Week 6

Monday–        I came in later in the evening and there were a lot of people there working out. I did 30 minutes of elliptical, 5 rounds of speed bag with medicine ball sit ups, then did a cross training routine with using a medicine ball doing elbow touching sit ups with push ups and bicep curls for 3 cycles without stopping. Then i shadow boxed for 3 rounds, then heavy bag for 6 rounds. One of the amateur fighters was in the gym and he felt really bad because he lost his last fight. He had a fluke and got a TKO and had a very sloppy fight. The thing is he is really athletic and is skilled but had a bad night. I was able to encourage him and talk for awhile and relate about losing in a tournaments and how to realize there is more to life than fighting. He had recently suffered a concussion in the gym from a left hook. I really think this gym fights way too hard in the gym where people punish each other too much. It is not the kind of place I want to spar often because it would be bad for my health. No one slows down or takes it easy. I saw his fight too and when he lost the coach was so pissed and would not even look him in the eye. That HAD to really hurt the guy psychologically. But then the coach was mad he did not do proper technique. Hmmm stuff to consider about finding a gym and a coach.

Tuesday–         This was a good session. I showed up and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, 5 rounds of speed bag and 10 burpees in between, 3 rounds of shadow boxing and 10 box jumps in between. Then about 5 rounds on the heavy bag and working on good movement. I was able to talk to that amateur fighter who lost and we talked about street fights, some MMA, and other crazy stuff. He is a pretty cool guy and has tons of stories about fights or crazy situations he was in.

Wednesday–         Today I had to teach one of my students Taekwondo for a long time. I almost did not go to boxing today because I was hungry and tired. I went home and ate some food then went to the boxing gym. I did a light workout and hit the speed bag for about 3 rounds with 15 elevated pushups between rounds. Then I shadow boxed for a couple of rounds, then did the heavy bag lightly for about 3 rounds. I also did a pad drill with the amateur fighter for about 3 rounds. Let me tell you the pad drills are very exhausting as it is non-stop punching and fast paced. It was extremely fun. It helps me learn ideas for pad drills in my own teaching. I am still sore from yesterday too. Anyway, I was able to talk even more to that amateur fighter for awhile about street fights and life stories etc.

Thursday–         30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, 3 rounds of shadow boxing, 3 rounds of speed bag, 3 rounds of heavy bag. Today I learned to duck under hook punches. One of the assistant coaches tied up a line in the ring across the whole thing from rope to rope so I could practice ducking under. I simply asked how to avoid getting hit with swinging punches and he had me do that. Seems to learn you have to ask questions, or else you will be left alone. I learned to roll under turning the knees inward instead of outward. Doing this a long time is a good workout.

Friday–         Day off, gym is closed.

Saturday–         Day off, I have other obligations.

Sunday–         Day off, other obligations for my weekend.

Week 7

Monday–        The place was packed out when I showed up. I began to stretch some and then one of the assistant coaches, the guy who hits really hard, yells, “Hey you!….YEAH YOU! Get in the ring!” He wanted me to get in the ring with some others for warm up conditioning. The guy is always a jerk and rude like that, he is only 23 so it annoys me he has no respect for elders because he thinks he is above me because he can box better. That is one part of boxing I don’t like, the arrogance of some people. In Taekwondo we are taught respect and humility even if you are great. Anyway, the warmup conditioning was push ups, jumping jacks, crunches, gliding around the ring and various exercises. It was pretty good. After that I did 3 rounds of shadow boxing, 3 rounds of the speed bag with medicine ball sit ups, then I was told by the head coach to give a beginning student a pad drill. He did not teach me how to hold pads, and I assume he thought I already knew, which I did. But he was just like, “You can hold pads? ok!” So in the ring I held pads for about 3 rounds for a guy. It was fun as it gives you an arm workout as well as teaches you defense by seeing punches coming at you. Also, it helps me be my own coach for my own program better. I copied the pad drill ideas that the other guy gave to me last week. After this I did about 4 rounds on the heavy bag. I asked the head coach about ducking and moving the head. He said it is for in close fighting and I am not ready yet but he showed me anyway, then he showed me how to slip a punch and where to properly put my weight, above the knee but not beyond the knee. This is good technique for me to know even if I have not sparred with it. Then the gym was closed up and I had to go. Now my wrists are really sore. Boxing does give you very sore wrists.

Tuesday-         30 minutes on the elliptical. After that I did 30 dips in sets of 10, then tried hard to do pull ups and allowed my weight to slowly lower for 30 times trying sets of 10. Something was weird about this pull up bar and it was wobbly, on other pull up bars I’ve been able to do at least 8 without stopping. After that I did shadow boxing 3 rounds, speed bag 3 rounds with burpees between breaks. Then heavy bag 3 rounds.

Wednesday–        Family stuff came up today. No training. But I did teach a Taekwondo student today.

Thursday–        30 minutes on the elliptical. Then I did 30 dips. After that I did 5 rounds of shadow boxing, During this time the coach noticed I was throwing a left hook then told me to stop and freeze where I am at. Then he adjusted my left hook higher and explained to me that you have to cover your head more and showed me the correct position to throw it. That was nice to know and have that instruction to get my left hook at the proper height. He showed me how people could counter me otherwise and how I should counter if I miss with a hook. After that I did some walking push ups. Then I hit the speed bag 5 times with sit ups and planks in between. After that I did 1 round of heavy bag. Then it was stomach class so we did 9 minutes of various ab exercises. After that I had time for 2 more rounds of the heavy bag. Today I asked the coach if it is normal to have sore wrists, and he said a big definite “YES”. That it is normal and just a part of boxing and there is nothing you can do about it, but make sure your left hook is correct. He said my right hand since it is more sore than the left, it is because of my power. After my boxing training is up I will take a break from hitting surfaces in hopes my wrists can heal. I do not want sore wrists my entire life. I also asked what weight the heavy bags are and he said 160lbs.

Friday–        Gym closed. No training.

Saturday–        Family stuff on Easter weekend. No training.

Sunday–        Easter holiday.  No training.

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White Dragon is a 3rd dan Taekwondo Black Belt with over 19 years experience in the Martial Arts and head instructor of the White Dragon Dojang Martial Arts Training Program. 

ITF Sparring Is Just As Stupid Looking And Unrealistic As WTF Olympic Sparring

        There is an argument that has been going on for a very long time in Taekwondo circles about which is better, the ITF or WTF. The evidence suggested for this is how the ITF spars compared to the way the WTF spars. The problem is that so many ITF onlyists complain about the “WTF style” of Taekwondo. They constantly cannot grasp the fact that the WTF is not the style of Taekwondo, but a tournament organization with its own rules set for Taekwondo sanctioned by the IOC. Yes, the WTF ONLY recognizes the Kukkiwon as proper ranking for Taekwondo and only accepts black belts who are Kukkiwon certified to fight in the Olympics. And rightly so! But the WTF is not a style. At least the IOC recognizes that true Taekwondo is from Korea, in Korea, and is recognized by the KTA. The ITF branched off with its own agenda a long time ago and even began to spell Taekwondo as “Taekwon-Do” to differentiate itself. Anyway, despite all of this the evidence for ITF being better than WTF/Kukkiwon is most cases is the sparring.

Since many of the Kukkiwon recognized dojangs in the world seem to practice for WTF sparring I guess this accusation of “better than WTF” is legitimate, even if the Kukkiwon does have a full system of combat for self defense and individual instructors can spar anyway they want in their gyms. I teach Kickboxing with my Taekwondo in my program and focus on self defense and free range of striking to various targets which are illegal in WTF rules. I also do teach WTF rules sparring out of formality and in case people want to enter tournaments for fun.  Anyway, let’s compare ITF sparring with WTF sparring and see which style is better, or which is more realistic.

ITF World Championships 2013 Finals

Well what i see is foot fencing, both fighters keep their arms down exactly the same as a WTF athlete does. They may be allowed to punch the head which is cool, but how often was any of that done in this fight? It seemed more kicks were thrown, the typical front foot touching and some spinning type or jump kicks tapping the other person. It is nice they do not have to wear chest gear or head gear, but it looks as if ITF is light contact and not full contact fighting. This would be why they do not need head gear unlike the WTF sparring where knockouts are encouraged. The ITF fighters stand bladed out sideways and hop around. Is this realistic or serious fighting? I don’t think so. It looks almost identical to the WTF sparring.

WTF World Championships 2013 Finals

Well both fighters kept their arms down exactly like the ITF guys. They both used the front foot-fencing kicks. Yes, there are no head punches allowed but where was this important in the ITF fight? There are some jump spin type kicking in this fight as well. The fighters are both bladed out sideways. Even though the rules are really full contact the chest gear and the way the fighters are trying to get points keeps them from going all out like a kickboxer would. Is this realistic or serious fighting? I don’t think so either. It looks almost identical to the ITF sparring.

Which styles were more realistic? Answer, both were equally as stupid and unrealistic looking as each other. No real difference. ITF Onlyists claim that ITF is deadly and hard sparring is a joke when all of the evidence of various fights all look this way. There is no real difference, and the head punches do not change the way they fight much or make it better. At least WTF is full contact and knockouts are encouraged. Last time I was around ITF people the officaly rules were light contact and even “point break Karate” style of fighting. Only on YouTube years later did I see people doing continuous sparring, and this might be a thing in eastern Europe more so than the USA. Who knows, whether it is continuous or not the sparring looks dumb as any current WTF tournament looks dumb.

The key to which martial art of Taekwondo is true or better would be in the overall exploration of the plethora of techniques each teach, the theories behind their movement,  as well as historical linage. Unfortunately the sine-wave theory in ITF Taekwondo is bogus and their historical linage is also flawed. They are their own thing, and nowhere are they the true spirit of South Korean people and their sparring also is ineffective and proves nothing. The only way to settle it is to take both styles outside of tournament rules and have them fight. Not going to happen. But we can still see by observation the fallacious arguments the ITF onlyists promote. I find even more funny the ITF apologists who claim to have studied both WTF and ITF Taekwondo and think that gives them super credible arguments. That amuses me.

Taekwondo Looking More Like UFC A Possibility…Or Not

        World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Choue Chung-won in 2013 explains in an article about the loss of popularity that Taekwondo Olympic sport fighting has taken over the years. He said it is due to things such as spin kicks being given dominance and more points which causes fighters to spend more time on jump spin kicks making the sport look like a badly choreographed ballet. Also, punches are barely ever scored and taking away the punch emphasis is bad for Taekwondo. He suggested making the shape of the ring in an octagon with mesh fencing around it.

WTF President Choue Chung-won

Some traditionalists for Taekwondo WTF sport do not like this idea and claim it will make Taekwondo like the UFC, but President Chung-won says that is actually a good thing. The only bad idea I think he has is to change the uniform to look like a sports jersey. That would not help TKD but make it just like any average sport. The dobok is much like the gi in Judo. Changing the dobok would make most dojangs copy them only, and the self defense and grabbing techniques of Taekwondo could be lost since most schools would not worry about it by wearing basketball jersey type uniforms. Taekwondo is a martial art with wonderful traditions and it would be sad some of them got lost over a silly uniform change. Keeping a regular dobok would work fine. If they just allow the sleeves to be rolled up, or given shorter material on the arms it would solve the problem.

Imagine this shape with mesh fencing.

The changes the WTF president Chung-won is mentioning are actually good ideas, minus his uniform idea. But the whole wire mesh, octagon shape idea would be very hard for local tournament promoters to get since it would cost so much money. The electronic scoring itself is hard enough to come by and makes Taekwondo a sport for the rich. The problem with Olympic competitions and the USAT is they only allow the rich to compete in high profile tournaments with all of their money making schemes like buying a special uniform for that year, electronic scoring, and high tournament fees for example. I do wish the rules would change and allow face punches, leg kicks, and ever solid shot on certain areas should be only 1 point no matter what the technique. Making everything 1 point solves so many of the ugly and idiotic looking movements that WTF Taekwondo practitioners train for today, since all they worry about is how to work the point system in their favorite. So stupid technique that is not really something a martial artist would use in a fight is trained for in order to score points in tournaments. Making Taekwondo more combative and realistic will only make the entire world Taekwondo culture more martial in nature and Taekwondo can regain its focus on effective fighting techniques and self defense with a more combative sport on the side than the foot tag ballet they claim is full contact today. Hardly anyone is hitting full contact now since they don’t have to to score points. Just simply tag the censor and make the siren go off and that will help you win.

Taekwondo sport needs to be more combative with a larger range of target options with legs and face punching allowed. Even adding knees and elbows would be exciting but it is obvious that is pushing it. And to all of the people who claim “the real TKD is ITF sparring” you need to understand that ITF sparring is still point tag and officially it is not even full contact and ends up looking just as stupid as WTF competitions.

Finally, Taekwondo needs to have an option for post-amateur fighting. Where do Taekwondo fighters go after they win in the Olympics? Where do they go after they get through amateur competitions? Then what? There is no money in Taekwondo for professional competitions. if Taekwondo created a more serious and full contact fighting sport for paid professional fighters like they do for boxing then Taekwondo would stay more relevant. Boxing rules change a lot after amateur competitions with a lot more movements and punches allowed. Taekwondo needs to do the same thing only with kicks and knee strikes and more. Get rid of the silly scoring sensors and go to Taekwondo Kickboxing. MMA and Kickboxing as well as Boxing does not need electronic scoring to know who wins a fight. Turning Taekwondo into “Fencing” is one reason Taekwondo is boring. Watching Fencing is boring to me since it is not even like an actual sword fight. Taekwondo became that way when they made electronic scoring socks, gloves, head gear and chest gear mandatory.

With opinions such as WTF President Choue Chung-won it gives hope that some Koreans involved in Taekwondo are seeing the light and hopefully will stop commercializing Taekwondo as bad as it has been done the past couple of decades which made it nothing more than silly ballet foot tag and performance art and not a real combat system.  Hopefully more Grandmasters and officials involved in the organizations of Taekwondo will see the dominance of MMA as a reason to make Taekwondo more combative, which means more fun and more exciting, and more of a true Martial Art!

 

 

Master Kwon Is One Of My Favorite Taekwondo Masters On YouTube

        Master Kwon is a Korean immigrant to Australia and runs a self defense and fighting oriented Taekwondo dojang. He is a 5th dan master with the Kukkiwon and has ranks in other organizations as well and styles. He has a 6th dan in Pro Taekwondo, 5th dan in Composite Martial Arts, 4th dan Hapkido, and 5th dan in Bul Moo Do (some kind of Korean Buddhist monk martial art). I enjoy his teaching style and the fact he incorporates effective striking techniques with his Taekwondo. I may not prefer the student’s tank top uniform style for his gym as I prefer the traditional WTF approved doboks, but whatever, he is an inspiration for me as a Taekwondo instructor. He is proof there is hope for the future of Taekwondo actually being a useful martial art. Here is a video of him teaching cool things:

 

Ultimate Warrior Death Of An Icon And Legend Of Pro Wrestling

        Yes, this is a Taekwondo and Martial Arts blog but I don’t care. An icon and legend of pro wrestling has died, the Ultimate Warrior. I remember playing wrestling as a kid with the neighborhood kids in a friends front yard. We would always pretend to be pro wrestlers and say we are wrestling, but in reality we were doing a mix of fake fighting, imaginary wrestling moves, and Karate kicks and punches. We would call out wrestler’s names and many times I would say, “I’m the Ultimate Warrior!” and pretend I was him fighting my friend who would say he was Hulk Hogan and another might say Macho Man or Sergeant Slaughter. Then we would fight! What fun we had outside in the sun in the 1980’s. This was pretty much the start of my martial arts training doing outside play wrestling with the neighborhood kids. In a way pro wrestlers are combat actors performing a show the same as martial arts movie stars who do not do real fighting, but entertainment martial arts with story lines.

REST IN PEACE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!

The Ultimate Master Of Taekwondo!

     And the ultimate Taekwondo Fashion Award goes too:

 

True badass!

 

I can only wish I could be as good as this badass master one day….if only….Don’t you EVER mess with this guy! All those patches, striped pants and uniform and that hardcore Taekwondo 10the degree BLACK BELT with all the stripe colors and how thick it is, he is wearing mean he will kill you! Each one of those patches, stripes, and colors were earned through blood, sweat, and killing other fighters in duels! His mustache proves he is a grandmaster alone! The turtle neck shows he is a serious master too! The Taekwondo fashion police better go back to making fun of ATA uniforms because this guy will kill them.