Archive for June, 2014

Self Defense Seminars Will Not Save Your Life

        When people are thinking about self defense many will hear about “self defense seminars” being advertised by various groups who claim to teach people how to defend themselves. Most often women more so than men are looking for a way to learn self defense because they realize the world is a bit dangerous and want to feel secure when going out. These kinds of courses and seminars are usually called reality based self defense (RBSD) and include various systems with very silly overly technical and politically correct names.

        Often times women, as well as some men, believe they want a no nonsense lesson or two in self defense that gets straight to the point of self defense. Many people cater to this desire and claim that someone could go to their seminar or take their short course and learn all of the tools one needs to feel confident and defend themselves. Most of these seminar and course holder’s claims are that no one needs to learn 100’s of moves and memorize them and waste their time because you can learn to defend yourself with a few very easy and short steps.

        I found in a YMCA magazine for the local YMCA’s in this area an advertisement for a self defense course held at a YMCA by some local person who created a system called “Urban Protection Solutions” or something close to that. Urban Protection Solutions claims:

We have developed a simple, very effective self-defense/survival program geared toward you. This is not some complicted course where you have to learns hundreds of moves. THis (sic) program is designed for you to be able to incapacitate an assailant and escape.

Yeah sure…What RBSD people do is try to find a corporate sounding, politically correct, or technical term to name their style. Basically saying “How to beat people up so they don’t beat you up” is not very cool. Or even “The kicking and punching method” is not cool either. So names like Taekwondo “Way of smashing with feet and hands” or Karate “way of empty hands” is not cool or professional sounding. So they name them silly names like Urban Protective Solutions. I know of another guy here who claims to have various black belts in a lot of martial arts, and I mean a lot, who calls his style “Creative Combat System.”

        Honestly, the confidence many seminar people give to their customers is false. There is no possible way someone could take 1 seminar, maybe 3 hours or so long, or even a short week long course and assume they can effectively defend themselves realistically in that amount of time. The average person just cannot do it. It is nearly impossible unless you are somehow athletically gifted with extreme natural coordination. The claim no one needs to learn 100’s of movements is incredibly ignorant and dishonest. In realistic martial arts training you may or may not need to know 100 separate moves. It depends on the martial arts system you are training under. If not so many moves you will still learn 100’s of combinations, angles and other ways to do a set of a few different movements. Boxing for instance has about 8 punches and about 10 blocks give or take depending on what your coach classifies as a separate punch or block. You will learn 100’s of ways to throw many combos, many subtle steps and footwork etc. over a long period of time with proper training. The fact is a person needs to take many hours, days, weeks, months, and years to actually defend themselves properly. Sure you can always run, but if you are attacked with no prior martial arts experience, and you only took a 3 hour seminar there is a very, very, very slim chance one would come out okay. And to think taking a “rape prevention course,” even a typical college P.E. credited course such as RADS (Rape Aggression Defense System) for an entire semester is going to save you from getting raped well, you are wrong. You are STILL going to get raped. You need to realize this.

        A real problem with so many seminars/courses are that their techniques are not really that effective and often times are silly or very dangerous to assume it is a smart way to move. While I was attending my university as an undergraduate they had RADS as a P.E. course for females only. Everything they did in that class was secret and men were not allowed to know what they learned because it could help would be rapists know their secrets so they could better rape women or something like that…stupid I know…well one day I was sitting on a patio table on campus and found that a female had forgotten to take her RADS booklet back to her dorm and it was left open. I decided to look at this “secret knowledge” and found that one of the movements to defend against rape was to literally turn around on your stomach as the guy is on top of you and do some maneuver to get him off of you. Being a martial artist during my time studying at this university I ran the official MMA club and was founder and president. Knowing some BJJ I realized that it would be so easy to choke a woman out and then rape her anyway in that position. RADS is basically the type of course where women yell “STOP!” a lot and kick and punch a guy with a gigantic padded suit on. It gives false security to women since realistically a lot of untrained females do not have power to really damage a man nor the technical skill to choke him out or lock his joints up etc.

        During my university days I also took all of the martial arts courses for P.E. credits: Taekwondo, Total Self Defense (was actually a very very well run self defense course focusing on combatives), Karate (which was actually Tang Soo Do) and TFT (Target Focus Training). All of the classes were run very well and taught basic skills for fighting effectively, all except for TFT. TFT is the kind of system where the instructor will just give you statistics about crime and violence and talk “extra serious!!!!” and even cuss sometimes to emphasize how extra serious the techniques are. I took a full semester of TFT and I was told never to block or even try it or I could be killed. There is no ready position to hold hands up for defenses either, you have to keep your hands down casually. You only learn a couple of strikes which are a punch, palm strike, and ways to hit the throat. Most of the strikes are arching motions and not straight. There are hardly any kicks, more like steps or walking forward and pushing with the foot. You are told that if you are faced with an attack you should only attack back and hit the special “vital points” they tell you and also step around and dodge things. They assume any strike you do is enough to incapacitate a person and even “crush their throat with your hand hitting it, crunch or break their ankle simply by stepping on it and other nonsense. They also assume if you are hit in the groin every attacker will always bend over (not true). Every technique you learn is in slow motion and you are never trained to hit fast or full force, they just assume you will. They even teach you that if someone has a knife or a gun you should just hit the guy and go forward. You are not allowed to train it fast either, and if you even so much as motion that you are about to grab the gun you will get yelled at. I was told that martial arts techniques I know would not work and not to try them. They even have a silly stepping form with the feet called “leg dynamics” and it is only stepping and reminds me of very poorly copied Kung Fu walking.

Here is an example of the bullcrap training that TFT emphasizes. Its is like the Bujinkan of RSBD with slow motion nonsense:

        So many seminars and short courses claim to be from “reality based self defense” experts who claim their self defense system is based on realism and truth while the martial arts, what they clump together as all styles and systems of tradition, waste your time and focus on unrealistic and false techniques that will not save your life. There have even been online arguments on various martial arts forums about how the “Karate punch” is inferior to their “reality based self defense punches.” The truth is, a punch is a punch! You need to learn to actually fight and use techniques at full speed and they need to be pressure tested with resisting opponents. Traditional martial arts allow for this and any good traditional martial art teacher will also train you properly. Just because many mcdojos and mcdojangs exist does not make a style of martial arts worthless.

        The fact is people need to take up a martial art style or go to a martial arts school, plan to train for the long haul and make such exercises a part of their life. True self defense skills will be learned over time and kept by continuous practice. Not a 3 hour seminar, not a 1 week long course, not a summer camp, and not by taking a college semester of RSBD nonsense. RBSD in most cases are bullshido and the mcdojo of the DVD and seminar world.

        RBSD is not the only offender of such seminars. Filipino Martial Arts is notorious for this. The worst part is most FMA systems are very legitimate and good. For some reason most FMA masters do not open gyms or academies around the world and many just travel doing seminars. Kali or Eskrima has become an “add on art” instead of a full system. Often times the same fake training, learning nonsense drills, accompanies the FMA seminar. People go just to get ranks or certificates saying they did something to get a rank. FCS Kali is one of the most notorious for doing this. The FMA issue could be a whole different article so I will stop mentioning it now.

        There are possibly some RBSD styles that are good, Krav Maga comes close but everything they do is basically from Karate and could be learned in a Karate class with masterful skills emphasized instead of quick learning and sloppy brawling drills which happens in most Krav Maga classes. I personally think that most RBSD makes rdiculous and unfounded claims as well as do not save anyone’s life if all they do is train in their system. True self defense has to be learned with 100’s of moves memorized, hard and long training, various pressure testing and perfection of movements. Regular martial arts classes are going to give that to someone. Just because mcdojoism has left an ugly scare on some styles of martial arts does not mean that the art is a waste of time and silly. Find a decent traditional martial art school and train. Make martial arts a lifestyle as part of whatever you do in your life. RBSD just makes “learn quick deadly techniques fast” claims which are not true and most likely going to give a person false security and end up causing them real problems when a real self defense situation occurs. RBSD like the mcdojo simply exists to make money and they use extreme marketing techniques like any mcdojo in town. Even Crossfit made a RBSD program called “Crossfit Defense” with people associated with the TFT people. Beware.

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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. 

Benson Henderson In Korea Doing Taekwondo

        Here is a video a couple of years old of Benson Henderson in Korea re-connecting with Taekwondo. It is always fun to see MMA champions doing tours in other countries and participating in their traditional martial arts from their older days. It is especially cool when an MMA champion has a Taekwondo background and goes to Korea and participates in traditional Taekwondo.

Nice crisp uniform! And those kids are so cute!

MMA Gym Fail Superman Punch

        Be careful not to waste your money at the average MMA gym.

There is so much wrong with that video. Not just the hilarious background occurrence, but the instruction itself is horribly wrong. What kind of superman punch is he teaching?! I am pretty sure Superman could fly. And those leg kicks…ugh.

Again, the words MMA in your gym or martial arts school does not make it legit. LOL!

Make A Goal For A Month And Do It

        One of the tenets of Taekwondo is perseverance. Persevere till the end! Make a goal for a month and complete it! It could be anything martial arts and body related. Maybe you want to do 200 punches in perfect horse stance with perfect snap every day for 30 days! Maybe you want to do 300 spin kicks every day for 30 days! Maybe you want to do 50 push ups a day.

        For me, I decided my goal in June would be to do 45 minutes straight on the elliptical machine (if not available then substitute it with another cardio machine) and 30 burpees every day for the entire 30 days of this month! So far it has been 15 days and I feel soooo good. I had eaten a lot of junk food last month and had a lack of motivation to work out. When I finally felt slow and sick enough I decided to knock it off and get back to work. After working out half of this month I feel great and I know I will complete the rest of the month. I do this workout every day on top of my other workouts I do every day. Various training on different days with push ups, pull ups, all of my poomsae almost every day, shadow boxing, weight lifting sessions. no I do not do all of those every day, they are spaced out randomly over different days. But I try my best to do Taekwondo every day. For the journey of martial arts mastery one must be fit! Let’s do this! Here is some motivation for you to get started:

REAL ULTIMATE POWER! I AM SO PUMPED! YOU ARE SO PUMPED UP TO! LET’S FLIP OUT AND COMPLETE THIS GOAL! TAE KWON DO! PROVE IT! BE AWESOME NOW!

Try the album “Perseverance” by Hatebreed while you complete your goal!

RESPECT! HONOR! DEDICATION!

 

Heart Attack Death During Taekwondo Match

        Earlier this year a Taekwondo athlete died in the ring during a Taekwondo match he was fighting in in Egypt. The competitor of Turkish decent, named Seyithan Akbalik, age 21, did not even get kicked and in fact kicked first his opponent knocking him down. Several seconds later he collapsed. Maybe he died standing, maybe he died after he fell, who knows. It is very sad something like this can happen to such a young athlete who it has been said about him that he had promise. I have not found news on whether or not he had a previously known medical condition or not. It was actually broadcast live on TV in Egypt. Here is the video:

        It is sad this man died, but he died doing what he loved and died in the middle of battle and that is an honorable way to go. He was even winning according to my eyes and completed an axe kick to the head. He died a warrior’s death. But what a sad way to win for his opponent. That is one victory that will leave a mark on his soul if he has compassion.

        This presents the issue that any athlete, Taekwondo or not, needs to make sure they are in a good state of health and make sure they get doctor checkups. It also presents the fact that a Taekwondo (or any martial art) coach needs to pay attention to their students health and look for warning signs. Coaches also need to learn CPR/ and First Aid.

        I have taken CPR/AED/First Aid courses being a Taekwondo instructor. I have never had to use it and I am thankful so far. During my life I always had heart palpitations or flutters. I got my heart checked out during college by an expert who tested me in various ways. I was cleared and the issues with my heart were something I was born with and I have never had any serious problem and knowing my condition is safe makes me confident to train hard. People need to know their bodies and make sure they train in a way that keeps their health.

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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. 

Anderson Silva’s Broken Leg Is A reason Why Taekwondo Kicks Should Be Considered Useful

        Shin kicks are not always the best way to kick. When you do a shin kick, especially if it is higher on the leg, the rest of your leg and foot are still full of the energy going in the direction of the kick thus causing the bone itself to slightly bend. Your foot and lower shin are basically going past the area of contact the higher part of your shin connects with. The strength of your shin will dissipate the energy, or snap your leg in half if you hit something just too strong. Hitting a heavy bag enough times, that is at least 100-200 lbs., you can feel this. This is why kicking the heavy bag with the shin over and over is an important conditioning drill for your leg. It is the best way to harden your shin and strengthen the bone density. Beginners should always go soft at the start and over months they can kick hard and harder as their bones dense up.


In this video you can see the contact of the high part of Anderson Silva’s shin on Chris Weidman’s leg causing the lower part of his shin to hyper extent and snap since the foot and ankle went past the contact part due to energy still in force. Look closely at the shin of Weidman on Silva’s leg where it is touching and you can see that the lower shin close to the ankle is snapping due to the contact point higher on Silva’s shin. Do not assume the point of contact is exactly where a bone will break. The slightly higher contact point caused the lower shin to break. 

On the other hand, if you hit something just too strong, such as the area of Chris Weidman’s shin that Silva made contact with in their UFC 168 fight, it can cause the bone to snap due to the energy still pushing the lower parts of your shin and foot not having enough time or strength for the energy to dissipate. This is why Taekwondo and Karate instep/foot kicks are also important to use. Know when to use certain kicks at certain times. Obviously even a masterful fighter such as Anderson Silva can make mistakes and freak accidents happen. Even so, the whole “Muay Thai is the only thing in the world for kicks” mentality has been proven false.

Muay Thai is good and shin kicks work well (And yes even Taekwondo has shin kicks in their curriculum for the martial art [not the WTF sport rules though]), but a martial artist should also use instep kicks a lot more, or at least kick way lower on the shin. Some people believe you MUST kick higher on the shin because it is somehow harder than the lower part, but that’s not actually true and that is why Silva’s leg got broke; because he hit with the higher part of the shin on a harder surface and bad angle.

Of course leg kicks are best done with the shin, and the instep kicks are not very effective kicking someone’s thick leg muscles and there is the problem of hyper extending the ankle on contact, but this is not to say that an instep kick is 100% ineffective on the leg. Usually a Taekwondo fighter will use both the shin and instep simultaneously to contact their intended target. The instep and lower shin also make a longer ranged weapon than the average Muay Thai, higher on the shin, kicks. Many times Taekwondo kicks are less predictable than slower Muay Thai kicks. I personally use both shin kicks and instep kicks and will try my best to make sure that when I use each kick I will be careful not to make the mistake of getting my leg broken.

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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. 

How Much Influence Does Taekyun Have On Taekwondo? 

        It has been said over and over that one of the original martial arts predating Taekwondo in Korea was Taekyun (or Taekkyeon) and that this martial art had a dramatic impact on the development of Taekwondo. I personally do not believe this to be true. I think the only influence Taekyun has on Taekwondo is a similar sounding name, a desire for a Korean-specifically identified martial art, and the emphasis on using the legs to get the job done.

It has been said that General Choi came up with the name Taekwondo. Other people argue it was his assistant who had a Korean dictionary and suggested the name and he decided it sounded good and presented it to the Korean government for acceptance on the Korean style of martial art. Whoever came up with it, General Choi claimed he created the name and invented Taekwondo. This is why people in the International Taekwon-do Federation call General Choi the Father of Taekwondo. Choi seemed to want an absolutely newly created martial art and to be given credit for inventing it. He promoted this suggestion and got the name Taekwondo accepted.  It has been said General Choi promoted the name Taekwondo because it sounds like Taekyun and it promoted a culturally Korean martial art. Originally, the Korean government rejected the name “Taekwondo” and instead suggested the actual use of “Taekyun” for the martial art which was being unified and formalized. Choi rejected the use of Taekyun and kept insisting on Taekwondo. This shows a denial of wanting to be considered the ancient Korean kicking “martial sport” of Taekyun and be something different. Choi later decided to spell Taekwondo with a hyphen (Taekwon-do) in order to differentiate his Taekwon-do from the KTA Taekwondo when he branched off and founded the ITF. As far as Taekwondo moves actually being based on Taekyun, I do not think much of them were. But it is possible some might have been; very few though if any at all.

 

Here is a video I found demonstrating Taekyun with a little information about it.

From the information in that video Taekyun is simply a leg kicking and tripping game. Sort of like folk wrestling, but only folk kicking and tripping. The instructor in the video explains they only use the flat part of their foot in order not to hurt each other as much. Barely any use of the hands is apparent except for countering and using them to push and pull people off balance, or leg catch and trip. This game seems to be about how many times you hit with the flat part of your foot on certain parts of the body as well as how many times you can cause the person to go off balance and fall. This seems like it is hardly a combat system, and more of an aggressive game. Is it a martial art? Possibly, many techniques are useful from wild angled kicks to the tripping, but the idea not to harm the opponent is not very martial.

Taekyun looks like a sport that takes a lot of skill to master and be good at. The movements are somewhat combative only to a minor degree simply because the intent to destroy or harm is not there. I guess technically it is a combat sport and thus could be considered a martial art much how Judo is a sport but also a martial art. But for Judo you can at least choke, slam people as hard as possible, and joint lock to cause pain. The intent to destroy your opponent is inherent in Judo. Taekyun seems like the intent is just to slap people around and trip them.

I see various techniques that are pretty useful with the leg catching counters and tripping. Much of that is useful in combat. Some of the wild angles of the kicks are also pretty cool and one could decide to use them to knock people out if one chose to. Also modifying them to hit with every part of the foot and not only the flat part would make it more combat oriented. Some moves I could see used in self defense, but the attitude is not there.

In the fact that Taekyun is a sport, as well as Olympic Taekwondo is a sport, you could say the idea of Taekyun influencing Taekwondo is true in that sense.  Since most of all Korean grandmasters and important people in Taekwondo, even in the early stages, heavily promote the WTF Olympic sport Taekwondo sparring. Sometimes it seems more so than the self defense aspect. In this way Taekyun and Taekwondo are similar, but according to technique one would be led to think they would be similar in practice. Taekyun emphasizes more takedowns, legs trips, leg pushing with the foot, kick catching, sweeps, even minor throws, more so than impacting kicks. On the other hand WTF sparring allows absolutely no kicks below the belt and not trips or sweeps, yet it allows body punches. One would assume Taekwondo sport would emphasis similar techniques as Taekyun but it doesn’t.

It is obvious Taekwondo techniques look more like Japanese Karate than anything resembling Taekyun. I would have thought that in the early stages of Taekwondo many of the experts and founders would have wanted to include more leg kicking, tripping, foot pushing, sweeping type of movements and kick catching since Taekyun uses it so much. Even if Taekyun was an ancient kicking sport/game these techniques would have made Taekwondo even more incredible. I do believe that Taekwondo itself does have sweeps, trips, throws, kick catches etc., but more of these techniques in Taekwondo are definitely historically in the linage of Karate techniques. Whoever came up with WTF Sport rules for the Olympics clearly left out any rules pertaining to Taekyun, thus distancing what little Taekwondo was influenced by Taekyun even further. If Taekwondo would want to appear influenced by Taekyun maybe the WTF should come up with a way to allow low kicks and leg sweeps. Or the Kukkiwon should emphasize them a lot more. By all means the Karate influenced low kicks, sweeps, trips are good in themselves but adding some of the Taekyun techniques would also be pretty beneficial to all Taekwondoin and even strengthen not only Taekwondo itself, but even Korean cultural pride in the martial art.

I personally believe Taekyun has effective techniques, but only if you take them out of a game mindset and use them for the purpose of hurting an enemy who is attacking you. Yet, I think Taekyun lacks serious combative application in many ways with hardly any hand techniques and lack of intent to kill in its attitude.

Enough of the history being promoted about Taekwondo and even Taekyun is flat out wrong. The idea of 2,000 years of martial arts from Hwa rang knights and other nonsense. But this does not mean totally and completely in no way did Taekyun influence Taekwondo. It seems it slightly did. At least the idea of it and desire to be Korean and kicking emphasis. And I heard Lee Won Kuk in the early days of Taekwondo’s founding was also a Taekyun practitioner at some point in his life.

I believe the link between Taekwondo and Taekyun has been embellished over time, but we cannot 100% reject its influence. But I would say reject 98% of its influence (my opinion). This is up for discussion and anyone is welcome to post about Taekyun in the comments or provide any deeper history, sources links etc about who knew Taekyun in early Taekwondo and if there is proof of its influence. If I had more proof and it was obvious I would have mentioned it in this article. This is another reason why I think Taekyun did not have the influence on Taekwondo people claim. I need more sources.

Feel free to discuss Taekyun, its influence (or lack thereof) on Taekwondo and Taekwondo historical facts in the comments!

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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. 

Miss USA 4th Dan Black Belt Certified Taekwondo Instructor

        Apparently the newly crowned Miss USA, 24 year old Nia Sanchez of Nevada, is “a certified Taekwondo instructor and 4th degree black belt.”

        Check out the video report from Yahoo News click here She basically wins points from the media for portraying the female powerhouse, tough chick persona that impresses average people who know nothing about martial arts. Judging from her video footage I believe she would get knocked silly if she was to spar the average female MMA fighter, Kickboxer or even Olympic female Taekwondo fighter if there was a chance she was going to spar them. There are plenty of female martial artists who actually are tough, can promote proper self defense and even pull it off and are also great female role models. But they just are not that pretty. That is the problem.

After seeing that video on the Yahoo News page it is apparent she belongs to a mcdojang organization. Someone on youtube mentioned she is a member of Tiger Rock Martial Arts and one can see the “Ho Ahm Tiger Rock ITA” patch on her uniform. Her technique is not very slick so that explains a lot. There is no power, crispness or anything impressive to be instructor quality in a Taekwondo instructor realistically, but that is how these organizations operate. I prefer higher skill level.


Here she is “teaching” Taekwondo to a kid. Apparently doing a batardized version of Hwa Rang

Her answer to the question about how to deal with sexual assault on women was aof course a very simple answer to a complex problem, but what can she really say within the small amount of time given for an answer on the spot? Simply, “I think we need more awareness and for women to learn to defend themselves” in so many words just does not answer the question well. Too many women care about unimportant things created by entertainment media, and are manipulated by pop-culture to assume females should care about certain things like special clothes, makeup, purses, boyfriends, etc. and behave in other ways devoid of strength and independence. Women do not always have to behave like victims who need a protector. Women are definitely capable of learning how to fight, becoming an expert at a martial art, being a certified instructor, as well as looking pretty doing it. Women are capable of a lot of things. I just don’t see how a TKD instructor lady who prances around in a bikini is someone I would respect or think is a good combat skilled teacher for me or anyone I know. It is simply just pop-culture, social status nonsense that mcdojangism creates in the world. How long has she even trained? 12 years and her technique is unimpressive. I honestly do not believe she is capable of defending herself. She seems to have spent more effort in the 12 years working on her makeup technique rather than Taekwondo.

I am sure miss Sanchez is a nice person and has good intentions and it is great to know she did not promote herself to black belt like like other people do, and did not claim anything she is not. Yes, I would personally say she does not train in real Taekwondo, but she thinks she does so she is not lying or embellishing her credentials. She does promote self defense and doesn’t simply say “women should compete in Taekwondo sport tournaments” and that is great. And she did wait to be certified by something even if it is a mcdojang group with ridiculous marketing tactics. But all of that is besides the point.

I really do wish Miss USA was a Taekwondo instructor certified by the Kukkiwon and could really fight and had superb technique as any Taekwondo instructor should have. But she doesn’t. We cannot hold much against her for being duped into the mcdojang life that is organizations like Tiger Rock.

Annnnd for your information here is what she looks like in a bikini because it is oh so important!

Anyway, I just felt like mentioning this because I saw the news and I felt like ranting. I do not think I will win a date with Miss USA, Nia Sanchez any time soon….oh well! She ain’t my type! Tiger Rock Bikini Taekwondo Instructor Power!

Moosin Magazine Is Now Featuring Some WDD Articles

        Recently, Moosin Magazine which is an online publication for martial arts run by the ITF based in South Korea has featured an article for the White Dragon Dojang Taekwondo & Martial Arts Blog. This is flattering and also a new possibility to spread the word of efficient, hardcore, and truthful Taekwondo martial arts to more of the world. Moosin may be ITF but they are trying to have an open mind for every style of martial arts in the world. They told me they have no politics excluding authors from writing for them. They know that the White Dragon Dojang Taekwondo & Martial Arts Blog is strictly a Kukkiwon/WTF blog and even is openly critical and skeptical of the ITF, yet they do not care. I find it interesting. I may believe that the Kukkiwon is the true and proper historical linage of Taekwondo, and that the ITF is simply an off shoot created by General Choi after he was unanimously requested to step down from the KTA, but I am fair as I obviously openly criticize the WTF and Kukkiwon issues I do not like. So since the people are open minded and enjoy the critical writing of this blog even if it holds opinions generally negative toward the ITF I allowed them to use one article so far. In the future possibly more of this blog’s articles will be featured in their magazine. So far only articles from me, White Dragon, the creator and owner of this blog are featured.

        Moosin is a non-profit online only magazine for general martial arts, based in Seoul, Korea run by the ITF. Which of the 3 ITF’s? Who knows…but the one who has people in Korea.

        Here is the article featured: MMA Gyms Are The New McDojos