Archive for December, 2014

Jon “Bones” Jones Wants To Be Kareem Abdul Jabbar In Game Of Death 

        It is apparent that Jon Jones wants to be Kareem Abdul Jabbar in Bruce Lee’s movie “Game of Death” as the “all out complete, spiritual and mystical warrior” that Jabbar played in that movie. He has the exact same look with his beard and sunglasses. He probably does not allow his hair to grow taller for “cage fighting purposes” but I wouldn’t be suprised if he grew a mini-fro.

Yep, I just thought it was funny and wanted to point it out. He even wears kind of strange, fashionably-short shorts like Jabbar did in “Game of Death.”

Jon Jones is making the fashion statement that says, “I am the true embodiment of a complete martial artist both mentally and physically, and even a mystical and profound spiritual warrior.” He may be the world champion (for now at least), but does he have delusions of grandeur? Maybe such self assured living and attitude is why he is so successful as a fighter. Even so, one day he will face an even more serious threat than Gustafsson was, but time will tell if he will still think such things about himself. He fights Daniel Cormier in 3 days at UFC 189. Their feud has been intensely building up with so much drama including a mini-(start of a)-brawl at the MGM Grand in September that blew their rivalry up in MMA media. Be sure to watch the fight this Saturday and see if Cormier will be able to humble the mystical, profound warrior Jon “Bones’ Jones!

Happy New Year!!! 2015 wooo!!

 

A Round Kick Is A Fight Ender

        A round kick is a very basic technique and probably the kick one will most often use in a fight. It is used more than any kick. It can be a fight ender. The regular round kick from most martial arts systems use the lower shin area and instep, top of the foot for impact. Karate being the most popular art for decades last century has emphasized kick snapping kicks with the instep to targets on an opponents body. Taekwondo, coming from Shotokan then became the next world’s most popular martial art and held that title for a very long time. Taekwondo kicks much like Karate because Taekwondo basically is a kind of Karate since it has a strong historic link to Shotokan Karate. Shotokan round kicks and Taekwondo round kicks are basically performed the same.

        It is very hard for the average know-it-all MMA fanboy or Muay Thai guy to understand that you do not always have to hit with the shin, use a loose and wide swinging leg, and turn 360 degrees after every round kick you throw. You can simply kick the way Karate kicks and hurt someone badly.

        Last night on the UFC Fight Night Lyoto Machida used a basic Shotokan round kick and hit DB Dolloway on the body and crumbled him. Dolloway slowly began to fall as Machida went in for the kill with multiple punches until he was on the floor doing nothing about it as the referee stopped the fight declaring Machida the winner. All Machida did was use timing, brains, and focus. He saw a target available and threw a very hard round kick with his instep making impact. His leg was chambered like a Karate kick with the knee aiming at the target and BAM! it hit. It was a delayed reaction for a split second before Dolloway held his rib and tried to pretend he was not hurt but to no avail he had to react to the pain and misery of the kick and eventually fall.

        Round kicks are serious business. You do not have to use a Muay Thai style shin kick where you spin 360 degrees if you miss. Often times people who want to shadow box with kicks will make sure you damn well know they know real fighting by spinning around in a full circle after throwing a round kick. If someone does not go into a 360s degree spin after their round kick people will think they are simply “Karate dorks” or “Taekwondo idiots” who don’t know how to REALLY kickbox. It is pretty pretentious. The truth is, most often you can tell a beginner and low experienced level fighter by their intentional spins after throwing round kicks for absolutely NO reason but to look cool like they know the REAL way to Kickbox. Like they know Muay Thai.

        Karate kicks and Taekwondo kicks are faster, more agile, and can be performed with pinpoint accuracy. Whereas a standard Muay Thai kick is heavier, often a harder impact (not always though), yet it’s impact covers a wider range on the opponents body with less pinpoint accuracy. Shins are devastating and it is important to understand how to kick with heavy rotation like Muay Thai, but it is not the only way to throw a round kick and knowing the fast and quick retracting kicks of Karate and Taekwondo are also important. They allow for traveling forward and covering distance and enable aperson to throw multiple kick combos using both legs. Most often a Muay Thai kick will be thrown once and very hard but not too many combos are available when overexerting. Know exactly how much force you need to use to defeat someone is a skill that only expert martial artists understand. Not the average MMA fan. So hopefully the amazing round kick of Lyoto Machida that landed last night will help get rid of the negative stigma that current low-brow pop-culture followers, who think they are fighters and MMA masters at Buffalo Wild Wings UFC night have against anyone who wears a uniform and colored belt when they train. It seems the only people allowed to wear a gi and colored belt are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu people, but anyone sporting a Karate gi or Taekwondo dobok is shunned.

        One time I was able to pull of such a devastating round kick. It was a left leg round kick just like Machida’s. It was at the University Fight Club I started at my university for MMA and all martial arts. A wrestler guy came in and wanted to strike with me. Of course such a fight always starts out with the agreement that its low to medium contact and eventually throughout the sparring session someone’s ego gets in the way and they start throwing full power blows. The wrestler of course did not like my kicks and began to throw hard punches hitting me in the face. I threw a leg kick or two and he punched me some again and then I had had it with his nonsense so I round kicked him in the ribs full power and he fell to the ground for about 2 minutes reeling in pain and out of breath. I kind of felt bad but then again he asked for me. I may have fractured his rib, but I am not sure. Quite possibly Lyoto last night broke Dolloway’s rib as well. What an inspiration!

        Thank you Lyoto Machida for being a great representative of a true martial artist and fighter and showing the world that Karate and other traditional martial arts have a real place in the fight world and are effective fighting systems that should be respected.

Kill Mode

          “…the determination of a hungry animal chasing its prey. When an animal senses a kill for food, it has no fear, only a single goal of getting the food.” The word’s of Hanho (Sang H. Kim) in his book Combat Strategy: Junsado Way of the Warrior (p. 117). In self defense, or true combat that has a life of death, or unknown intentional outcome probably one of the best defenses is to go into what I call “Kill Mode.” It is when you go all out, without fear or concern, yet with strategy and plan, everything around you narrows yet the target you see widens and becomes large and within a split second you go off with deadly intentions. The only thing you are thinking is “I must win” and you will do anything you can to win without hesitation, without stopping until the objective of winning is complete. The result could be total destruction (death) of your attacker, or at least an incapacitated aggressor on the floor while you remain standing, or an opening of escape after you have damaged the attacker causing him to recede and cower and stop his attack.

        In Taekwondo even we must have the killer instinct, the ability to snap into kill mode. You see targets, you see the signals of the attack being placed on you and counter with a simultaneous, direct attack to vital targets. You overwhelm them with a barrage of strikes. If he attacks you he has no right to get out of there without some punishment. You must show him he attacked the wrong person, what he perceived as being a victim, you are anything but. Cutting in with punches and kicks then grabbing and throwing. Smashing them up on the ground then walking away the victor, or running away to avoid his friends. Whatever you have to do to survive you must. There is no “gentlemanly” conduct in a street fight. There are no rules, no gloves, no illegal 12 to 6 elbows or illegal kicks to a downed opponent. This is not MMA, this is a real assault being places on you. If you do not know what will happen next, intentionally make the outcome at that moment and place to be that you remain standing. Use every fiber of your being including your will, and power of your mind to inflict fear and total dominance of your opponent.

      Because of your training, not simply technique and forms or sparring with rules, but psychological and mental conditioning you will be able to prevail in an attack and win. This is the goal of combat.

ITF Taekwondo Is Used To Soften People’s Views Of North Korea’s Evil Regime

        North Korean ITF Taekwondo masters and black belts often go on “diplomatic relations”tours around the world, even in the United States. It is not very hard to find videos showing North Korean, ITF Taekwondo practitioners acting friendly with Americans and doing a demo show here and there.

In the CNN article “Taekwondo tour a chance to show the real north korea” mentions a North Korean touring demo team that was invited to New York to do a show. It was set up by a Taekwondo Magazine to promote some sort of “peace,” or “understanding each other type relations” between the USA and North Korea. Most specifically it seems to have been set up to show ITF Taekwondo. I believe that the magazine they referred to in the article and the accompanied video was Taekwondo Times, which is an ecumenical Taekwondo magazine. It is apparent that the magazine has the intention to legitimatize ITF Taekwondo and make it to be the true Taekwondo at the expense of ignoring the atrocities in North Korea that support for North Korean Taekwondo gives. In my experience much of their articles are biased toward Choi Hong Hi making him out to be the “true founder” of Taekwondo, while also promoting a wide variety of mcdojang organizations, and also including stories about Kukki-Taekwondo and the WTF as well. Also, in the above mentioned CNN article’s video clip it shows a young man talking about how him and the North Korean black belts have a lot in common with Americans. This is a delusional statement. These types of people are more than eager to put the North Koreans in a superior position as if they have special secrets and knowledge to unlock for the average American Taekwondo practitioner. They overlook the fact they were set up, hand picked, and chosen to weaken American’s view towards the North Korea regime, and impress people by showing off that their Taekwondo is somehow more deadly or superior than typical South Korean Taekwondo. They also want to cause people to believe their regime really is not all bad and we just need to understand these North Korean people.

This kind of thing really ticks me off. There is absolutely no way any freedom loving American or Korean should ever support diplomatic relations with North Korea like this, and allow them to show off and try to manipulate through emotions, so people will be sympathetic to their cause. North Korea sends well fed, special athletes to go on tours while the main populace starves to death and is eating filth, rats, and garbage to ease the hunger pains and to stay alive. While many innocent people are in prison camps all over the country, where North Korean guards at the prison use Taekwondo on people for fun maiming them and killing people with their martial arts moves. They practice on live bodies. What Taekwondo style do they use to do this? They certainly are not using Kukki-Taekwondo to murder people in their prisons. They are using ITF Taekwondo. ITF Taekwondo was given to North Korea by General Choi. It is now being used to instill loyalty or brainwash and propagandize the North Korean people. It is just one tool of many the regime uses to harbor positive feelings for statism over people.

ITF Taekwondo constantly promotes a sympathetic outlook towards North Korea. It is understandable why the early KTA masters were upset at Choi Hong Hi for bringing his Taekwondo style to North Korea. There was absolutely no point to do that. General Choi even named a form “Juche” which is the North Korean communist philosophy of self reliance. It is also called Kimilsungism and Kimjungilism. This philosophy has caused the death of so many North Koreans who have absolutely no freedom, ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship currently run by Kim Jung Eun. General Choi knew exactly what he was doing naming his tul “Juche” and there is no excuse for it. Now we have dorky foreigners who think they are total badasses posing as Kim Il Sung’s statue with their fists on their hips, performing a form given the name of an evil philosophy. Kim Il Sung and Il Jung did a great job brainwashing their own citizens to allow them to be the “Great Leader” and given status as gods. What is really pathetic is when ITF practitioner’s try to say Juch is simply just a philosophy that “man can do anything he puts his mind to” and pretending it has nothing to do with North Korean self reliance and “Great Leader” economics that has caused and is still causing the deaths of millions of Koreans in the North. Like it or not, when you perform Juche you are promoting North Korean communism.

Another pathetic thing is when a Kukki-Taekwondo Grandmaster or WTF affiliated people give in and show sympathy and affirmation to North Korean Taekwondo masters. ITF Taekwondo is used to spread North Korean Communist propaganda and soften people’s view of this brutal regime that murders its own people.

Now it would be different if it was just in general ITF black belts from various countries going on tour showing their style, like sort of doing an ITF and Kukkikwon exchange program, but it is literally North Korea support when the DPRK Taekwondo team is given support. I notice that most of the people who support them or think it is really cool or awe inspiring seem to be types that come off as brain washed or easily influenced people. Possibly what people might term as “nerds” or “larps” who live in a delusional fantasy world of false Taekwondo attitude. They have delusions of grandeur for Choi Hong Hi and his ITF Taekwondo, believing it to the the only true Taekwondo, and somehow North Korea is misunderstood and not as bad as people think it is.

These facts about the attitudes of many ITF people being sympathetic towards North Korea is just one reason I cannot support the ITF and I truly believe that being involved in that organization contradicts what it means to be someone who loves freedom, particularly a free Korea. We should never support North Korean Taekwondo demo teams. Bleeding hearts want to create the facade of some “positive diplomacy” among North Korea and whatever Taekwondo group or country they are in by booking the DPRK Taekwondo demo team. People should not book them. There is nothing positive that will result from the performing at any event except towards softening people’s views of the atrocities committed by North Korea every day. Trying to reason with North Koreans brainwashed in an elite Taekwondo demo team is not going to get any results. They are stuck in their false beliefs and out of fear cannot at all listen to anything you say. Who knows if they will get executed when they get back home. Until the atrocities stop and North Korea is free we should not support them as Taekwondoin. They use Taekwondo for evil and not for good and the tenets of Taekwondo are nowhere to be found in North Korea and are simply a lie.

 

Military Taekwondo Stock Footage From Vietnam War

        Taekwondo is a traditional martial art, but it grew up as a military martial art as well, not simply a civilian style. Special fores soldiers in Vietnam learned it. The following are various stock footage videos showing literal Taekwondo training in full uniforms as well as combatives practices. Check them out!

Taekwondo was about 25 years old in these videos. The above video shows the primitive techniques and movements that that been of courses tweaked, changed, and developed into better and more practical movements. But it is interesting to see wide stances, wide choonbi  stances and the standard Karate gi style doboks they are wearing. It looks very cool. Even special forces soldiers start out as white belts in Taekwondo and even perform the part. The Vietnamese soldiers are very small people and very thin as well due to growing up in such a harsh place in war torn Vietnam.

You will also notice that one some scenes they seem to be doing parts of ITF forms. This is because the O Do Kwan was still run by General Choi and the KTA still used some of his early forms to be used in the military kwan. Around 1965 Choi had been asked respectfully to remove himself from the KTA and was given permission to develop his ITF organization. So there was some crossover is forms and style going from this time to the ealy 1970’s until the Pal Gwe and Tae Geuk sets of forms were created. Later, the KTA and all kwan groups of martial arts fully committed and promoted the Kukkiwon and the WTF (including the Oh Do Kwan which was Choi’s kwan which he led in the military). So the Vietnam era of Taekwondo is part of both ITF and Kukkiwon/WTF history as it was sanctioned by the KTA to teach South Vietnam Special Forces as well as U.S. Special Forces Taekwondo combat.

Another very important thing to notice is the sign that says “Tae Kwon Do.” It is spelled simply as Tae Kwon Do, which could also be written Taekwondo. Many ITF people strictly spell the style name as “Taekwon-do” or “TaeKwon-Do” with a hyphen. They claim that is the only way to spell the martial art name. General Choi apparently added the hyphen in English for some reason. This shows that historically Taekwondo was not written with a hyphen and it is not important to do so. In original Korean language (hangul) there is no hyphen, and I believe, nor should there be in English.

At the end you notice the Korean black belt instructors kicking and punching the hanging bag. One is doing a toe kick with his round kick. The other guy seems to have some form of gloves on as he punches as well. You never saw that much in Taekwondo gyms in the 90’s when I started training. The primitive and outdated kicking styles are seen as well. For their time it was pretty impressive and this is when the US military and others were just figuring out the martial arts systems for their soldiers.

 I love this footage. It is white belts sparring. I notice a lot of front legged side kicks and some jumping round kicks. The military salute instead of bowing is also cool. The interesting stances and way they are holding their fists is unorthodox for today.

More white belts sparring. Very terrible technique, but they seem to be having so much fun and all smiles. It is horrible to think they may have to fight in the jungles of Vietnam later and end up killing people or getting killed themselves. Hope their Taekwondo training was good if the battle comes down to hand to hand.

Notice the US Soldiers, white men, in the background watching and taking photos. The dojang is very cool with artwork of fists and techniques and a sign that says Taekwondo.

Here is some wild and crazy hand to hand and close quarters combat techniques show with Vietnamese Special Forces. Man these special forces look so young, like cute kids and all smiles. The grappling, flying and throwing techniques are pretty flashy. It is also funny to see these Special Forces guys smoking so much in the background. Clearly it cannot help their Taekwondo and grappling techniques. At the very end of the clip it looks as if they were learning how to fall properly and keep their legs up in a defensive position for ground kicks and deflecting attacks. But I do not really know.

Here are some Army Ranger’s teaching new recruits. I believe it is a continuation of the above video. The trainees clearly have no clue what they are doing. Imagine these guys having to be taught all of these techniques so fast and then expected to use them in actual battle. These are breakfalling and rolling techniques.

I like this video a lot. It shows some basic knife defenses in a dirty and not so perfect looking way. A South Vietnamese combat instructor is teaching the young cadets about what it means “to kill or be killed.”

Well this is some proof that Taekwondo was a military martial art meant for serious combat including killing. Taekwondo grew up in the military where it developed further self defense techniques over time. It was primitive back then but still got the job done, now days it has developed into way more crisp movements and precise movements. Unfortunately, much of the serious nature of Taekwondo as a martial art has been lost due to pop culture and a politically correct mindset that watered down much of Taekwondo. But in the dark corners of the Taekwondo world there are still Taekwondo instructors and fighters like all of us who love Taekwondo and train for realistic combat and self defense.