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Islamic State “Jihad Special Forces” Taekwondo Terrorist Martial Arts

        Before I posted about how the Taliban and Al Qaeda were training in Taekwondo and showed footage of them demonstrating some moves. Well it seems that ISIS also trains in Taekwondo. Apparently, Taekwondo is popular for Muslim Jihadists. I don’t know why, but it is. It really sickens me to know that Taekwondo was taught to evil terrorists and brought back to their bases for them to teach to other terrorists. Taekwondo was a martial art started for good, to fight totalitarianism and stand up for what is good. That is why Taekwondo teaches a moral code such as the 5 Tenets along with combat techniques. A warrior should fight for what is good and true. Taekwondo morality has nothing to do with the vicious evil that the Islamic State practices on a daily basis.

        How it can be identified as Taekwondo and not another martial art is in how they practice certain self defense moves and especially since they open up their newest training video they uploaded, which was now deleted by YouTube, opens up with a masked Jihadist doing Tae Guk Il Jang which is the yellow belt form. It is a World Taekwondo Federation approved form. So they are practicing Kukki-Taekwondo over there. Since the video has been deleted another person uploaded clips of it mixing them up out of order which kind of ruins it. It can be seen below:

Tae Guk Il Jang in this clip is shown near the end. But you can see their versions of self defense moves which clearly resemble Taekwondo. Now it is obvious to the trained Taekwondo person that these terrorists have pretty bad technique in this particular video. Their form is not very crisp and they are doing some moves wrong. In other videos some of them have solid technique. In this video It seems to be a modified version of Tae Guk Il Jang with some splits move at the end to look cool. They are doing demo style martial arts. A lot of people are giving them tons of criticism and acting as if they totally suck and will be easy to defeat. I would say do not underestimate an enemy, especially one that is determined, one that has a religious fanaticism as an ideology that is determined to kill you for their god. “Crazy” on many levels intensifies a fighter and makes them deadly. Maybe they suck at Tae Guk Il Jang and also do slow self defense moves and are not black belt level, maybe they learned Taekwondo from a terrorist who became a mcdojang black belt in some country they formerly lived in, but they are still motivated.

Admit it or not, it takes balls to break a tile over your head. A few people break tiles over their heads and another punches several with his bare fist. Of course I have to question his punching technique as it is very wide and arched out weird. But he still broke them. Even if this does not make one a better fighter (as Bruce Lee said boards [in thise case tiles] do not hit back), breaking things gives a person serious confidence and focus.

A lot of people online have mocked the camouflage the guy uses where he has leaves from a bush tied all over his body and weapon, but if you look at it without bias it seems to be pretty god camouflage and he really does look like a bush when kneeling still. He could easily be a sniper and sneak up and shoot someone in such an outfit. It really is not silly, but should be taken seriously. Yes they are in a desert, but that plant is also in their desert which is where they found it. But they could also take ideas like this over seas on jihadist missions. Do not underestimate this enemy and simply disregard them as posers or “hilarious.”

Martial arts provide confidence, focus, discipline, and other positive things. But the Islamic State is using positive things for evil. Martial arts drills can instill serious confidence in people and make them more able to fight even if they are not UFC championship level. Taekwondo can make people brave and without fear to die in battle. Indomitable spirit is one of our tenets, the problem is they are misusing Taekwondo and will have indomitable spirit for their god Allah.

Here is some more martial arts training footage:

It looks like they are using standard military combatives, but the kid doing flying kicks could either be doing Taekwondo or Kung Fu stuff. Who knows. What is obvious is ISIS or ISIL is becoming a disciplined army that will work in unity with each other and are not just a rag tag group of rebels with no training. It has also been reported that ISIS is using Special Forces techniques that even the US military uses in how they train gun battles and certain tactics. They are winning many battles and taking over many towns. I doubt their “crappy” martial arts are inhibiting them very much at all.

        This next clip shows kids around age 9-12 or so training in a very tough style. An adult punches and kicks them as they stand and take it. It reminds me of Kyokushin training but I still think they are doing Taekwondo. There are demos of self defense.


*YouTube deleted the full video and only this short clip remains. It leaves out the whole self defense section. 

Obviously, these kids are tough. I doubt many American kids their ages would be able to stand there and let an instructor punch and kick them. He is hitting them with pretty good contact too. Of course not full adult power, but still it is pretty rough. No kids wuss out or cry. It is safe to say these kids might kick the asses of many kids their age in the USA. This is not a good thing.

I would love to fight their instructor and destroy him because he is a terrorist POS who is instilling evil into the minds of these kids. But this does not make such children innocent either. When I was their age I knew in my heart that murder was wrong and killing people for having different beliefs was murder. We have all heard of and possibly seen the videos of the 7 year old holding a severed head, a 10 year executing captives by shooting them in the head and more. These kids are killers and violent sociopaths.

The kids are doing demo style martial arts but more realistic than standard Korean Tigers stuff. The takedowns these terrorist kids are doing are pretty effective and smart in themselves. Breaking sticks over the body is a parlor trick many martial arts masters use to impress audiences. Even so, it instills confidence in the student who is having it broken over his body and makes them mentally tougher. The kids are also trained in firearms. The Islamic State is training future terrorist soldiers for the next generation. If America and its allies do not band together and actually go and fight ISIS and kill them all i can see this war going on for a very long time with each subsequent generation training the next and the next until they kill everyone of us.

This last clip shows a lot of people standing still taking kicks from an instructor as well as a Taekwondo self defense demonstration:

These videos are obviously propaganda videos and not the extent of their serious training. They are made to inspire future jihadists and get new recruits. The videos also can inspire loan wolf terrorists. Even if these martial arts videos are theatrical and somewhat silly (the west has pretty much seen it all and we also watch UFC all the time here) they still should be taken seriously that these enemies of what is good are training to kill you.

The videos also serve as a reminder that if you own a martial arts school and you have students from Syria or other known countries infests with terrorists you may be teaching terrorists martial arts. You could very well be teaching them how to fight and they will take their knowledge back to their people and train them. I am not sure if many Koreans are fighting for ISIS, but I know many Chinese are. Maybe they also brought Kung Fu over there too. But I really think that some of these terrorists had the privilege of training at mcdojangs in whatever countries they were at before joining the fight and brought over their techniques. All we need now are MMA trained Jihadists. I find it very sad and depressing that the Islamic State is literally training in Taekwondo for the purpose of killing anyone who does not subscribe to their ideology.

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A Korean Actually Showing Good Self Defense Applications Of Movements

        Just when I lost hope that South Koreans would promote Taekwondo as a fighting art and thought, possibly, that Koreans simply think Taekwondo is a form of hip hop dancing and ballet I find a couple of really cool videos. Apparently, this guy’s name is Lee Dong Hee and he is showing some great body mechanics on both himself and his attacker. It reminds me of how Kung Fu masters show the intricacies of joint movements and body postures that enable them to attack certain areas and take a man down. He is using movements from poomsae and I find this very encouraging. We need more and more guys like this to bring the roots of Taekwondo back. It is refreshing these are not simply “how to score points for Olympic Taekwondo sparring” videos.

This is the kind of sabum that I would want.

How Not To Become A Murder Victim

        There are a lot of evil people in the world. There are many criminals who murder. It could be someone mugging you, a gang member, someone who just gets mad and goes on a rampage, a sociopath who takes his mental state up a notch to murder, or a serial killer who just loves to kill. Of course there are also rapists who don’t happen to murder their victims, but often times rapists also murder their victims. Most people who are normal do not want to become murder victims. Maybe there are a few weirdos out there who want to die like that because they are insane or sick, but yes, people generally do not want to become a murder victim. There are a few easy and common sense steps to take in order not to be murdered. I have studied and heard about many cases of murders and I notice that most victims make similar mistakes and totally lack common sense. To avoid being killed by a maniac is a logical process. It is pretty easy to avoid in most cases. All though there are times when someone who is actually doing everything right can be killed. But it is very rare compared to the other victims. Usually children who are weaker or the mentally disabled can be easily killed. Even so, if you are a typical person you can avoid it. In this article I will try to cover all of the bases I can think of for how to NOT become a murder victim. Typical humans can avoid being murdered by following these easy steps.

1. Always be aware of your environment. This is to say BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS! This is not that hard. Maybe it takes a little mental effort because you might not be able to day dream, but this is a good thing! Daydreaming can get you killed! When going into places you are not familiar with (or a public place such as a street, road, parking lot, hallway, building, forest, or getting into your car and not paying attention to what was around you before you opened your door to load it etc.) observe everything! How many people in the Walmart parking lot are out there? How is the lighting? Are there tall trucks or cars parked next to your car where someone could hide and not be seen? Who is behind you? An old lady taking her cart out, or some weird gang banger in a hoodie (oh I said hoodie! oh no call Al Sharpton!) hiding his face walking near you? Maybe a weird guy with a crazy beard? Maybe a normal dad looking man with a football hat on. ANYONE of these people could be a serial killer. Looks can be deceiving, but often times taking things at face value is smart. Generally, do not judge a book by its cover. But then, still, take in observations.

The way people dress or look communicates something. Like it or not dressing in clothes that look like gang banger attire often times actually communicates that that person literally is a gang banger, or at least a thug who is a criminal. Sometimes it is not a thug or a criminal but someone who WOULD LIKE to be one; such as a gangster wannabe. Still, even if someone is not actually in a gang or is not yet a criminal, a person with that attitude is dangerous. You cannot read people’s minds so if you feel they could be a threat it is best to listen to your gut instinct. The whole tough guy persona often times is a person about to boil over or one who will succumb to scratch an itch of desire for being a real thug. Someone who wants to become a gangster tends to easily become one. Sometimes fake gang members are more unpredictable and dangerous than real and true gang members. They have more to prove.
Also, a criminal always has to commit their first crime sometime, or a serial killer their first murder. Don’t let it be you. If you personally feel uncomfortable about how someone looks in the way they dress, or their facial expressions, or the way they walk, trust your gut feeling and keep an eye out to avoid them. If a guy in dark sunglasses and a hat and a puffed up collar on his coat seems suspicious to you then try and avoid him. Political correctness can and will get you killed. Offending someone who wears a hoodie is better than allowing that person who wears a hoodie to kill you. 
Now back to not judging a book by its cover, do not assume the nice dad looking guy is safe if he asks you what time it is and steps close to you. He may be about to grab you and pull you into his truck. Always remain a safe distance when talking to strangers. A safe distance is a distance that makes it impossible for someone to physically grab you without first traveling toward you a few steps. Make sure it is about 4 steps, enough time for you to run and escape. It is not that hard to walk 1 step and grab someone fast. This is common sense. It should also be taken into account that decent men who use common sense understand it is a bit shady to walk up to a young woman who is alone. Most people who are decent know this and if they do need to ask a question do so at a nonthreatening distance and do not try to communicate a threat. They will then say thanks and go about their business. Even a nice, smiling guy who walks close and appears not to be threatening has no business getting too close to someone. This could be a ploy to make you let your guard down.

2. Do not be alone. Most often a murder victim is killed when they are alone. Usually you will not be singled out or attacked if you have people with you. Think about your situation and where you are at. Should you walk across a parking lot alone at night? Should you walk down a gravel road off the highway a few miles away with only woods around you? Should you drive into a run down seedy neighborhood alone? As a young woman, should you travel alone and stay at a seedy hotel where crack dealers are outside such as a strange downtown location? Think about these types of situations and use common sense. Logic says you should make observations and if something seems unsafe or just a little odd do not go there. If you have friends bring them with you. Don’t be naive! Why walk across a large parking lot with low light alone? Ask the owner of a business or a security guard or a friend to walk with you. Most often women can be kidnapped in such locations or killed on the spot because they are physically weaker than men.

Seedy hotels are not smart to stay at

It is dark and no one else is around. Men are stronger and more intimidating for a potential murderer. It is safer for a typical male to walk to a vehicle in such a location than a typical female. This is not to say that a man cannot also be killed. It depends on the weapon, a gun or knife? Maybe a club to the head from behind? Friends will lessen the chances of a serial killer or mugger to single you out for a target. Ask your male friend to walk to your car with you, or get your car and pull it around for you. 
Most murderers want to kill their victims easily without much barriers in the way. Of course there may be some who enjoy a little fight before killing you (very rare but it happens) they generally want to easily dominate you. Bringing 5 friends will keep you safe. Even 1 friend with you makes it harder for both of you to become victims. For women, bringing male friends with you can scare away threats.
Both men and women should not hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers. You don’t know that hitchhiker, he or she could be a killer. If you are walking and think about hitchhiking, don’t! You do not know the driver of the vehicle and they could also be a killer. There have been several freeway killers who murder hitchhikers, or are hitchhikers who kill occupants of vehicles. Don’t take your chances!


Picking up hitchhikers can be dangerous.

Do not go into the apartment of a stranger you just met, do not sit in the car with someone you do not know who offers you a seat (even if it is cold outside, just go back into the establishment you were just at). Do not walk off onto the beach at night with someone you do not know (ladies even if he is cute don’t do it! Offer to sit inside where people are around to talk), do not go into the hotel room of a person you just met either. These kinds of things are just common sense, but unfortunately people do not seem to get it. 
Obviously there are times when you HAVE to be alone. And a healthy life is one that allows solitary time as well. We cannot nor do we want to always be around people. Make sure your alone time is spent in a safe place. A park with people, or your own home with a locked door. It must be a familiar place you know everything about and can take proper security precautions. Locked windows and doors, a place where you know the neighbors etc. If for some reason you have to stay in a hotel alone just make sure your door is locked and you look around the hallways when going to an elevator. Please, do not stay at seedy or strange hotels known for murders or drugs. It is not the smartest thing for young women to travel long distances alone, they do it at their own risk. Many times lone females become murder victims when traveling. Stay at places with good reviews with many employees around etc. Do not be vulnerable.

3. Do not hang around with people who are involved in illegal (or unlawful) activity such as drugs, or gangs. Stay away. Being involved or friends with people who are in gangs or involved in selling drugs, or buying drugs puts you in the realm of other people besides your friend who also do illegal things which gives you a higher chance of one of these criminals to end up killing you. Many people who break the law on regular occasions might break the law by murdering you. Your friends who are around such people can bring “who knows what” into your life. If you have a boyfriend who brings over other drug users, or criminals to buy drugs, many strangers can walk into your residence on regular visits. It is smarter to not live in a situation where regular criminals/law breakers/people who do illegal things and strangers are regularly walking into your place of living. Also, do not have a friend who regularly brings you around such people: visits to houses, motels, and other places you might be around them. It would be smart not to put it past people involved in criminal gangs, or other activities, to also decide to murder people someday as well. Not just rapists or serial killers but drug deals gone bad, a revenge killing on your friend where you happen to be a witness and now they have to kill you too, or other dire circumstances. Avoid negative people in your life. You could end up in a house targeted for a drive by shooting or a house massacre and you happened to be hanging out that night. Do not go to parties known to have wild people who do drugs or act like thugs. Often times fights and shootings occur and you might be a victim.


Drug users also abuse their bodies and minds with all of the harmful chemicals they ingest from drug abuse. Drugs that altar the mind are dangerous and cause people to hallucinate. Not every “trip” is safe or fun for the person. Often times people have “bad trips” that make them go crazy and out of control. Sometimes they become extremely paranoid and believe crazy delusions and end up murdering people. Sometimes they are completely out of their minds on drugs while they commit violent acts. The drug PCP gives users extreme physical strength and a feel of ultimate power which often times makes them go berserk and no feelings of pain. Fighting someone on PCP is harder than if they were not on PCP.

Various serial killers have been avid drug users. People like Karla Faye Tucker and her boyfriend Danny Garrett who were serious drug users and involved in sexual deviancy. You do not want to party with such people nor have them as your friends.

4. Do not be friends with or date, or marry a sociopath or someone who has violent tendencies or forms of sexual perversion. For women, if you are dating a man and he randomly does something very strange or odd that feels threatening or very angry you should break up with him and do not take them back.
An example: Your friend meets your new boyfriend who’s name is Dave and gets his name wrong when shaking his hand. She calls him Dan instead. Then your boyfriend Dave, holds her hand tightly and pulls her towards him slightly and his facial expression changes to anger, and he sternly says, “My name is DAVE! Get it right! And don’t you ever forget it!” Your friend becomes alarmed and you are somewhat embarrassed and worried. That is a sign he is probably dangerous. Trust your instinct.         Such behavior is unacceptable and bizarre and shows he has rage inside and violent tendencies. Break up with him right away and never return his calls. Last thing you want to be in is a relationship with a violent person. They may go crazy and kill you.

Example of a classic, violent sociopath from the movie Mad Max:

Such people use violence and intimidation to dominate and control others.

Use your keen observation skills to weed out sociopaths. Never be stupid and assume you are dating a dream guy within 3 weeks of knowing them. Real relationships with trust take time. A sociopath is someone who has zero remorse, guilt, empathy, and other normal traits. They have no conscience and have no belief in right or wrong. They lack morals completely. They will lie, cheat, steel, and other things to win. It is always about their benefit and control. They will do anything to win and stay free to do anything they want. They are usually narcissistic and cannot admit wrong even if they are confronted with total evidence that proves they did something wrong. If you notice this behavior, or your friends question him and bring it up to you, listen to them, and break up with the guy as soon as possible. Women can be sociopaths too so men should do the same thing. Watch how he or she acts and look for signs. Best way is to catch them off guard. Do they manipulate others? Have they treated people rude who did not deserve it? Do their stories seem far fetched? Do they lie constantly? Do not give into pity and try to change them or love them and “win them over” to the good side. Completely reject them and get them out of your life.
        You do not want stalkers to follow you your entire life and threaten your safety. They could harm you or your friends. At the first sign of strange behavior leave them and ignore them forever. If you have to call the police and get a restraining order and make sure that if they violate it they get arrested. Never return calls to a stalker or any emails. Do not return any messages even if it is to say “Shut up! Stop harassing me!” Even that is enough to excite them because you are giving them attention. If they harass you to come hang out with them or have a coffee refuse it and ignore them. Normal men who are rejected will accept it and move on in life. Others will keep hounding you until you agree one day to have coffee in their apartment where they stab you to death because you want to leave 5 minutes early. These kinds of people are control freaks and possessors who cannot handle rejection and will murder you for revenge for their ego being hurt and loss of domination over you. Some will use pity to get you to feel sorry for them like they are just a sad socially awkward guy who has no friends and you are their only friend and without you they will die. Maybe they have no friends for a reason. Also, use logical reasoning and common sense to understand the difference between normal lonely people and dangerous sociopaths.

Last thing you want is to wake up in a room like this in some guy’s basement in an unknown location with no chance of escape.

Sexual perversion is another issue. Many sociopaths become sexually perverse because they have no moral convictions since right and wrong do not register or matter to them. Also, people who are not typically sociopaths can also become sexually perverted by certain circumstances. Most people who are sex addicted will satisfy their lusts through non-dangerous means such as pornography, or willing sex partners. But often times the lust of certain people becomes perverted and depraved. Often pornography sets people on a course of more intense highs and more extreme desires. Normal sexual behavior is now boring and they need an extreme thrill and they develop a sick fetish. These fetishes or thrill seeking can lead to depraved sex acts even leading to rape and murdering. Many serial killers are sexual sadists who sexually torture and kill victims. If you know people who are addicted to pornography, especially if it extreme or beyond normal sexual acts, you should avoid them and do not let them near your family. Keep them at a distance. Yes, if you work with people who are into porn or depraved sex do not allow them into your personal life beyond work. If someone is constantly obsessed with sex and bizarre sexuality you should avoid them. The best bet is for people to avoid others who frequently watch porn, visit strip clubs, solicit prostitutes, or have sex with anyone. Avoid one night stands, why risk it? You do not know them, they could be leading you to a torture chamber where you cannot escape. You cannot trust anyone who you just met. Especially someone who met you for the sole purpose of having sex. They simply are using you, as you are them, for sexual pleasure. It is very dangerous. Do not become a person who sleeps around with random people, or do not become a prostitute. Many victims of serial killers are prostitutes, or people who generally love to party and go clubbing or bar hopping. People with low inhibitions. Make sure that if you do decide to go clubbing or bar hopping, you understand that there is a risk of strange people approaching you who are patrons of such establishments, and bring friends. Do not go home with random guys or invite them over. 
Also, do not frequent sex shops or be anywhere near them, or any kind of sex club. These are magnets for the sexually depraved psychopaths who you might meet. Or at least friends of potential crazies they might introduce you to later. Swingers clubs and the like have been known to be places serial killers hang out in. Eventually their abnormal sex acts are not enough and they must fall deeper into depravity and might end up making you their murder victim. This goes for both homosexual and heterosexuals. Yes, the homosexual scene has much dark deviancy as many famous serial killers were male homosexuals (Jeffrey Dahmer, Daniel Conahan, Dean Corll, William George Bonin etc.), but of course heterosexual, sexual sadists often make females their victims. Also, some females have also become serial killers but it is not as often as males. So men also need to not assume they are safe to participate in such clubs and activities. Men need to understand there are also females like Jodi Arias who are a living example of a sexually deviant, female killer. It is just safer and smarter to not engage in sexual deviancy and to behave in a normal sexual way where time is taken, relationships are developed etc. Just make sure it is with the right person.

Serial killer cult member Manuela Ruda: “I signed my soul to Satan.”

5. Do not be friends with people involved in the Occult or Satan worship, and do not be involved in it yourself. Whatever your beliefs are about supernatural things, whether you believe people can become demon possessed or gain magic powers through sorcery, or you believe it is a mental delusion in crazy people who take things too serious does not matter. The fact is often times people involved in the occult or Satan worship, or various self styled Satanists or witches etc. are dangerous people and untrustworthy. Of course not all people involved in witchcraft religions, Satanic organizations, or claim to practice magic are murderers. Some are harmless people with alternative views on life. I just personally do not want to be around such people or be friends with them. I would keep them at a distance simply because they have conflicting moral standards. Satanists, whether it be literal worship of a being named Satan or a theatrical Church of Satan member who uses it for shock value, have opposite moral values compared to traditional religions. Selfishness and lying are not considered evil in such beliefs. I personally do not want people who have alternative morality around me. Such people can be negative to your life.
Despite what atheist Satanists would claim, there are other types of occult practitioners and self styled Satanists who actually believe in demonic spirits and possession as well as magic spells. These people, whether you want to believe are literally demon possessed or delusional, sometimes can have the same result: murder. And they might murder you. There are a lot of ritual crimes where people have murdered other humans for sacrifices to a spirit being or to Satan. Famous Serial Killers such as Richard Ramirez (the Night Stalker) and David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam) were devil worshipers and believed their victims were sacrifices to Satan to give them power. There have also been groups of people who plan a murder of an unsuspecting victim such as the drug cartel, Satanic cult in Mexico led by Adolfo Jesus Constanzo in the 1980’s. People who get involved in occult practices often times put their minds into altered states, or are people who are susceptible to strong delusions and become schizophrenic. Often times the occult practices and seances are mixed with drug abuse making it even worse. Hanging out with people regularly involved in occult quests or worshiping of evil entities or philosophies can be hazardous to your health.

6. Do not trust strangers or people you just met. Make sure you do not trust anyone who you have not known a decent amount of time and have not met their social circle or family. Online dating poses a threat so make sure when you meet for the first time it is in a public place and you have friends around. Maybe bring friends to sit at another table who will keep an eye on you. Do not just invite the person over to your apartment when you only have known them for a short while. Often, victims of killers will invite them over to their house within 3 weeks of knowing them. How many dates is that? 3-6 total? How is that enough time to decide to have sex or invite someone to stay over? This is risky behavior and victims tend to be people who do this. Do not be desperate, and take your time in relationships! If you know someone and have never met their family or friends you should not be doing such things yet.
One example: A guy you just met at a bar talks to you for a few hours. Then he asks you to come over to his place, or he could come to yours. He obviously wants to get you alone for sex. Doing this would not be in your best interest because while you may think it’s just going to be a fun time, you do not know him and are putting yourself in a vulnerable situation. Are you really that type of girl? What if his plans are to kill you in a horrible sexual crime? You never know. Also, it is not implausible that sometimes females bait men into becoming their victims or to bring them to another person who wants them to be their victim such as a boyfriend/girlfriend team of killers. Even as a male you might want to take the new friendship/relationship slow before just going somewhere alone with them. Of course guys stand a better chance of fighting an attacker than a lone female victim would.
Another example: a guy rides up on his motorcycle and you are a young female. He starts complimenting you and flirting. You notice his biker vest has the logo of a notorious outlaw biker gang. He asks you to get on the back of his bike for a wild ride and to go party. It is probably best to decline in a polite manner and leave the area. You know he is in a criminal gang which brings criminal activity around them which is negative for you. You don’t know his intentions and the outlaw affiliation is a big red flag that he is dangerous.

Hey girl, you are looking fine. Wanna go for a ride and party?

7. Do not appear to be safe to approach by random strangers. You can avoid being murdered by not overly smiling at strangers or “sharing a moment” with someone you have not talked to with prolonged eye contact. Some crazy people,

A stalker can follow someone around who is ignoring his surroundings by walking and texting then mug him or murder him.

schizophrenics, and other weirdos might make it more than it appears to be. Of course it is necessary to make eye contact as you walk by people for less than a second to show you are aware and confident (which scars away some attackers) but do not go out of your way or be approachable by just anyone. You could have met a new stalker who will harass and follow you forever and murder you later. Do not look distracted by walking and texting or talking on your cellphone. You could be easy to attack.
Also, being easily approachable makes you a target for muggings and rapes. Make sure you show confidence, attitude, and strength, and are aware of your surroundings when walking down the street. Show confidence in the way you walk and carry yourself.

 

8. Know how to fight. Learn martial arts. Knowing how to fight is essential for self protection. If you are aware of your surroundings and become aware that a certain person is about to try and kill you but then you do not know how to fight you are pretty much left with a very low chance for survival. Knowing how to fight will solve the rest of the problem. You must be aware of your environment as well as know how to defend yourself effectively. Learning a serious martial art from a qualified instructor who emphasis self defense is key. You need to take martial arts with the intention of learning how to fight. It is not sport you must train in and it is not just a fitness fad either. MMA is good for sparring practice, but lacks conviction for the perfection of techniques and does not train a self defense mindset. Training in a traditional martial art that teaches hard sparring is a better option. Just avoid mcdojos/mcdojangs and sport oriented gyms. Find someone who will teach you vital striking, joint locks, takedowns, ground defense, and everything else you need to survive a street fight.
        When you know how to fight, if a killer attacks you, you can fight back and deflect their initial attacks. You can disable and even kill them before they have a chance to kill you. If one attacks you and you then end up in a struggle you could get them off of you if they take you to the ground, or deflect a weapon attack and escape, or just strike them in vital areas and beat them into incapacitation or choke them out. Whatever you have to do to live!

9. Be physically fit and healthy. To be a good fighter or to be generally hard to kill you must be in good health and have good fitness. If you can run faster and longer they cannot catch up with you easily. You could run to a safe location such as a store with people who can help you. Or you can fight longer than them and they will get tired before you and you can take advantage of them and turn the tables and make them your victim instead. Also, it takes will power to survive intense situations such as being harmed or hurt and taking the advantage at the right moment through pain and agony to survive and live. What if he is cutting you? What if he is beating you? What if he has trapped you? Being healthy makes you last longer so you can eventually find the moment to escape or kill them. There are various stories where women were in horrible situations in much pain from a killer and they still survived by sheer will and strength. Weaker people would not last.
Along with physical fitness you must be mentally fit as well. A strong mind with an intention and will to survive is a must. Otherwise you may fade out and allow yourself to die. Martial arts are a great way to train your mind to be strong willed. Indomitable spirit!

10. Own a weapon, carry it, and know how to use it. Obviously, a gun is a very effective way to survive a criminal attack. A mugger, burglar, rapist, terrorist what have you, can be killed simply by pointing it at them and pulling the trigger. You must know how to use the gun, respect it, and have skill in aiming it to hit your target. Firearm practice is important. Often times the killers will use a gun to threaten you or just shoot you, but if you shoot them first in the right spot they cannot harm you. Target practice will help you aim for the right spots to neutralize them. If you miss or hit another part of their body that is not vital they can still keep attacking you. Aim to kill. Do not aim to simply injure. 
A knife is also a handy weapon if you know how to use it. If you train to use a knife and have an understanding of a blade you can use a knife to stab and slash an attacker. Just like a firearm you must know how to cut and thrust into vital areas that cause the most pain and damage. The spots that cause death to the attacker are the best. Know which arteries to slash and what pressure points to stab into to stop an attacker. Be fast. Learn a knife martial art style such as Kali. Or train under an instructor who trains to use weapons on top of your hand to hand combat. Know how to keep your knife and not allow it to be turned against you and learn how to turn an enemies knife against himself. Also, know empty hand combat and be skilled at it, do not only rely on a weapon. Learn to improvise weapons as well. Take every day objects and make them become a weapon. Use your observation skills to scan the environment and look for a weapon. Having a weapon is more threatening and more dangerous for an attacker than if they were facing someone with no weapon.

        With common sense it can be easy to avoid being a murder victim. Avoid certain types of people. Sometimes killers can be a mix of the various things mentioned above. There have been literally Satanic, drug dealing, drug abusing, sexually perverted, sadistic, sociopathic, cannibal, criminals such as Adolfo Constanzo who did it all. Then there are others who are one or the other types of things. It does not matter the scale or degree of murder people commit, the fact is they murder period. Avoid such people. Unfortunately, some victims have no choice who they are around since some people have bad parents who either abuse them, or are friends with bad people such as a dad who uses drugs and often brings bad people around his home. These are sad cases and it is hard for such people to get help.

        If a criminal does threaten you, or hold you at gun point or knife point, and commands you to go with them, refuse! Do not go with them! Run away, let them try and shoot you there instead. Usually the killer, if he cannot get you to go with him, will either let you go or run away, or try to attack you to submit you and make you go with him (at which point you can use martial arts techniques to fight). Hopefully he lets you go or runs away and looks for another victim which often happens. Going with them gives him total control over your body and he has you trapped and will take you to a different location, one he is familiar with and can kill you there. He may torture you to death and rape you as well. If he chooses to shoot you right there because you refuse to go with him it is a better death than being taken to a place with no chance of escape and prolonged suffering before death. If you have a gun you can shoot him on the spot before he pulls his trigger! Some killers keep their victims alive for weeks before killing them. Also, if you do get shot or stabbed you might live through it. But I believe you should ALWAYS FIGHT BACK! Be vigilant and vicious! If he will not let you go and wants to kill you then wait for the right moment to attack him first and grab his gun or pull out your own and shoot him. Do anything you can to stop him and escape. Once you feel you are safe continue to run, do not go back to fight him if he is still active. Find help immediately.

        Always be aware of your surroundings and environment. Stay in proper shape, learn to use weapons, learn martial arts. Have total confidence. Do not fear murderers or become paranoid and think a predator is hiding in the bushes and around every corner. Live life, but just use common sense and avoid negative people and if someone communicates to you a threatening thing such as how they dress or facial expression trust your gut instinct and avoid them. Even if they are not actually dangerous people you are still better off not taking your chances. Do not be alone or go to secluded areas without friends, or without telling people where you are going. Do not talk to random strangers or go places with someone you just met. Stay away from drugs, illegal activity and sexual deviancy or one night stands. Hold on to moral values and take things slow. If any person shows signs of aggressive, or violent psychopathic behavior you must purge them from our life as soon as possible. Your life is far more important than political correctness as well. Profiling is necessary in many cases in order to not end up in bad situations. Never go anywhere with anyone you do not know well alone for any reason. Having friends with you helps, but it is also possible a killer could trap and murder multiple people at once so make sure both of you work together to use “street smarts” and common sense. In an active shooter situation make sure you know your escape routes and how to hide, or shoot them first. Make sure all of your friends you hang out with are using common sense as not to attract negative attention. Don’t do stupid things like hitchhiking, or traveling the world alone and staying at seedy hotels for cheap. Research where you are going and know your environment. Avoid fighting or arguments with drunk people or anyone on the streets or in bars. If you are not fighting there is no chance for you to be hurt. If you end up in a fight you then have increased the chances of bodily harm to you and maybe someone in a drunken rage will beat you to death if he gets the upper hand. You never know.

Example of nearly being beaten to death on the streets. Avoid fights.

        The general rule to avoid being a murder victim is to use common sense, be observant of your surroundings, embrace traditional morals, avoid illegal activity, and avoid negative people and be on guard for signs of potential threats in people’s psyche such as sociopathic tendencies and avoid street fights. Learn martial arts and also if you can, learn to use a weapon. The key to not being a murder victim is to avoid attitudes and behaviors that make you a victim. Be logical and rational with street smarts, which is to say use common sense and don’t be naive.

Junsado Can Be An Enhancement To Your  Martial Art

        A martial artist must have strategy along with the theories he learns and be creative and full of ideas for combat. Bruce Lee started Jeet Kun Do with this kind of idea, and since his death Jeet Kun Do has become a concept and not a martial art style, except it is a style of no style. Some people have teaching certificates in it or whatever ranks. There is another concept, or idea, called Junsado which translates as “way of the combat expert” which is an idea based on strategy created by Sang H. Kim. I have known about Junsado for awhile but never really looked into it except for 2 DVD’s I bought from Turtle Press. They contained some pretty cool ideas on self defense. I recently found out about a book called Combat Strategy: Junsado: The Way of the Warrior, which was published by Turtle Press around 1992.

        This book is an interesting read and has 5 section within it which are called “books” in themselves. Each book teaches different concepts within the Junsado idea. There is the explanation of Junsado strategy part, the applications and basic skills part (which is the largest chapter), the strategy itself and maneuvers part, the beyond strategy part (which speaks of the mental game of combat and preparing oneself), and the philosophical or spiritual part (which is very short). This book is an excellent academic read on fighting strategy and uses scientific explanations for movements and maneuvers. I find it helpful to the martial artist who wants an intellectual approach to combat and self defense. It is also a must read for martial arts instructors.

        Hanho is the pen name of Sang H. Kim who is at least 8th dan in Kukkiwon and has master levels also in Hapkido and Kendo and was also a special operative for the Korean government and military. This book blends well with Korean martial arts because of Kim’s martial arts background. But it can definitely benefit all martial artists of any style. There is a lot of maneuvers talked about and attacking and defense techniques: various foot positions, reaction timing,. kicks, punches, throws, joint locks and more. The last book is the philosophical and spiritual teachings. It contains a lot of encouraging stuff but it also has the eastern religious aspect from Zen Buddhism and Taoist ideas. I ignore those since I do not hold to such beliefs and only absorb the psychological and encouraging parts.

        Junsado is not a martial art, a style, or program. It is simply a concept and ideas one can individually apply to his own martial arts training. It is not its own style, it is simply an enhancement to your own martial arts training. It will enhance your martial art itself and open your mind to strategy. There are no certifications, ranks, schools, teachers, or seminars on Junsado. It is simply something to study by reading and watching Kim’s various DVD’s. I own 4 DVD’s of Junsado. Two of them are self defense DVD’s which contain information on self defense preparation and standing and ground combat. The other 2 I bought were knife defense fundamentals and advanced techniques. I have never bought the various stick fighting and staff fighting DVD’s as I did not have an interest in them. But the 4 DVD’s I do own are pretty solid and if someone trains the movements they can have better knife and hand to hand combat self defense techniques.

        I will say that the only negative things in this book are the fact there are several typos or misspellings, and grammar errors. He is Korean so I think this has something to do with the errors. Also, a few of the photos did not line up with the captions. This book was also written in 1992 just before the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu boom. So it does not contain significant information on ground combat that would be effective today, but the little ideas in the book about grappling are still beneficial, but it is not extensive on it.

        There is another electronic book Kim put out called Junsado: Standing And Ground Combat that can be downloaded to a kindle device but there is no physical book.

I have not read this book yet, but it seems to be an update and more in depth than the book I have. The book I own and read was the only one physically published that I know of for Junsado. It is nice to have and can be bought on amazon used for less than a dollar (plus shipping though). Also, Kim has various Taekwondo and self defense books as well but are not labeled Junsado. If you want more information on Junsado go to http://www.junsado.com his official website.

Here is a short book review video:

        I found the book Combat Strategy to be motivating, encouraging, and intellectual and something a person living a martial arts lifestyle should check out. It will enhance your training and make you mentally better as a fighter.

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.

Using A Double Knife Hand Block In A Fight

        *A MUST WATCH VIDEO FOR ALL TAEKWONDO PEOPLE!

        What is the double knife hand block for? Would you ever use it in a fight? Do you even know what it is for and how one would use it in a fight? Or do you simply want to use it to pose and look pretty in a demo? This video shows you possible combat techniques to use with the double knife hand block.

Start practicing it.

A Teakwondo Axe Kick To The Nuts Is An Effective Technique

        Taekwondo is known for a very strong axe kick. The axe kick is one of the few kicks of Taekwondo that make it a unique martial art. Bring your heek up and smash it down on a target, usually the head and face of someone. As Taekwondoin we call this technique nareo-chagi or tokae-bal which are Korean language terms for what we English speakers simply call an axe (or ax) kick.

Olympic Taekwondo axe kick to the face

Demonstrating the Taekwondo axe kick

Even kickboxer’s adopted the axe kick

Here is an axe kick thrown to the face with a very hard impact in Korea between 2 Taekwondo fighters practicing in house sparring, it is the second kick to the face in the video which starts at 1:16:

Well that was a fight ender! What power!

The axe kick can be very powerful with a full forced pull down of the heel into a target. The lower to the ground a target is the more impact, and thus, more damage the heel or sole of the foot will cause. The axe kick is so effective that the U.S. Marines adopted it into their martial arts program.

The marines call the axe kick the “stomp kick.” It really is not so much of a downward stomp as it is an axe kick. This technique is meant to kill.

Before the Marine Core Martial Arts Program there was the Marines LINE Program. The linear infighting neural-override engagement program was the precursor to the MCMAP system of today. In the older U.S. Marines Close-Qaurters Combat Manual an axe kick (stomp kick) finishing technique is shown practically every time a takedown is committed:

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Now seeing as the axe kick is a powerful and deadly technique, especially to targets low or on the ground such as the neck, or head imagine what could happen if another area, say the groin was the target!

       Yes, a good ol’ Taekwondo axe kick to the nether regions to an opponent is an effective technique. The way it would work is if the attacker, or opponent is on his back on the ground in front of you. This would happen if someone who is fighting you fell backwards or was thrown down. They may not be able to get up right away due to the possibility of you kicking their face or punching them. Most often people who would purposely lay on their back would have some sort of grappling background such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or he trains MMA. The reason someone would lay there is to hope for you to get inside their guard so they could work a submission. Also, they would want to protect their body from kicks by positioning their legs out so you hit their shins instead.

        Here is the axe kick shown in action on a real opponent in an MMA fight and how effective it hurt the opponent:

Even though the axe kick is illegal in MMA, does not mean it does not work. Imagine that same axe kick on an attacker who fell on his back on the streets who is not wearing a cup at all. Imagine the damage and total pain he wold feel! End of fight possibly and demoralizing. Imagine the force of an axe kick with deadly intention such as the Marine’s “stomp” with the precision of a practiced and masterful Taekwondo fighter. Ouch!

Here is another example from MMA:

Now to effectively use the ax kick on someone’s ball or simply anyone’s (male or female) groin area it must be timed properly. The person fighting you has a few options to defend it. The use of legs to deflect your kick can work as well as using the feet to intercept and redirect your heel as it falls down. he can turn his shin over to block your foot, do an up kick to kick your leg or foot, or he can simply roll out of the way if he is fast enough (or you are too slow). He can also catch your foot and drag you on the ground such as this video:

Even though the downed fighter re-directed the axe kick it still hit his groin and it still had to have hurt him, but his sheer determination and pure adrenaline kept him fighting, which can often be the case with someone trying to kill you. Yes, if someone is trying to kill you and he falls backwards you could run, but what if he gets up and chases you? You will have to fight him again. If you are not a marathon runner just fight him there and aim for targets to hit in order to take away his will or functionality. To demoralize an attacker one must have a very accurate and powerful axe kick that will destroy the groin and stop the fight, and his determination to fight.

I for one fully support the use of the Taekwondo axe kick on the balls. This technique has a high degree of chance working on the typical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter who is trying to bait you into his open guard. Well his “open” guard is simply asking for a swift axe kick to his groin as hard as possible. Who needs to worry about grappling him when you could axe kick his nuts! but beware, if you miss he will probably catch your foot and leg and go for a seriously brutal submission such as the heel hook or knee bar. So make sure you train for this and aim correctly and time it just right so he does not intercept it. So in a Taekwondo VS Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fight the Taekwondo fighter should try to capitalize on the axe kick to the groin if he can do it. If you are taken down and escape immediately stand up and move away then re-engage him with an axe kick if he has open guard. If you have boots on this technique will hurt even more.

Practice your axe kicks to a downed oponent! Especially to vital targets such as the head, neck, and……GROIN! Tae Kwon Do!

Here is how to train in order to axe kick somebody in the balls:

Laying down an attacker for 5 or so minutes with a brutal axe kick to the groin is sufficient amount of time for you to get away or consider yourself as the victor of the fight.

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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. 

Taekwondo Is Effective For A Self Defense Program:  Why Taekwondo Is More Effective Than A Reality Based Self Defense Course (Part 5)

*This is the final part of the series 

 

V. A Taekwondo Self Defense Program Can Run Better than an RBSD Program

             Original Taekwondo is itself a reality based self defense system in its own right if it is taught properly with a self defense mindset. A Taekwondo program can be changed to fit any business model or self defense program for any company.

 

Uniforms or special clothing is not important

Taekwondo may wear a white uniform whereas most RBSD guys wear camouflage pants or athletic attire, or just stylish black clothes or a polo shirt. This is not important. With or without the dobok Taekwondo can still be trained effectively. Belts do not even have to be worn and the grades and degrees given (geup and dan) do not have to be literally visible things a student wears. It could just be a verbal or shown through a certificate that someone has attained a certain geup. Students simply would have to wear athletic type of clothing that is easy to move in and loose fitting and comfortable. It is not mandatory to run a Taekwondo self defense program with traditional uniforms.

Even so, if one wants to go full traditional style then of course wearing the dobok and wearing the physical belts is available. Uniforms serve a purpose such as uniformity in class, that all people including men and women both are equal in class, wearing a uniform makes someone feel important and focused, and most importantly the uniform is a very great training suit. It is durable and strong and no one will have to worry what clothes to wear to training each day.

 

The progressive structure of Taekwondo motivates students

With the progressive structure and ranks given Taekwondo motivates students and encourages them to train harder to get to the next level. With a written curriculum handed out to students for each level of training, students can know what they need to know at a given time. A Taekwondo instructor should hand out papers with new techniques and knowledge that the student has to know. Each rank they can keep a binder of syllabi as references they can go back to.

Formal testing is also a positive thing for students. It gives a good amount of stress which can simulate distressing circumstances a self defense situation would bring up. It also stresses importance of skill with each rank’s techniques. If one cannot perform movements properly they do not pass. The ability to fail a test is very important as it will encourage students to train harder and make sure they have learned what needs to be learned. Rank testing does not have to cost extra money either, or if you do charge it does not have to be expensive. The commercialization of Taekwondo has brought about many people who just want to make easy money. Charging for testing and then encouraging students to test gets people rich. Exchanging money for a test usually pushes the instructor to pass less than deserving students to the next level even if they should have actually failed. This is a problem. It is recommended that testing fees are very low with the possibility of student’s to fail, or cost nothing at all.

During a test students will display every technique they learned and show applications for movements as well as live sparring with mild contact. This will present realism and test if a student can actually apply his knowledge in a simulation representing a real threat. Testing should be done every 4 months or more.

 

The purpose is training effective fighting techniques first over everything else

Most RBSD programs encourage practitioners to pay into their system’s founder’s pockets by certification fees, seminar fees, annual membership fees, DVD purchases and t-shirts, special requirements, and other unimportant things. This is because most RBSD systems exist solely off of marketing gimmicks and seem to mostly exist for the sake of promotion of the system itself rather than training fighting techniques to students. Taekwondo should not be this way. Taekwondo should exist first for the training of fighting techniques for self defense, and everything else such as promoting Taekwondo as a wonderful art after the fact. The program should not exist just to market the program. Taekwondo does not exist just to market Taekwondo. First teach proper combat and promote self defense, then worry about members or a student brotherhood in the system. If the product is good then many people will follow.

 

Conclusion

            Taekwondo has everything RBSD has with methodical training practices. A self defense minded Taekwondo instructor will be able to teach anything an RBSD instructor teaches and instill dedication, masterful skills, and an aggressive mindset for self defense in his students. RBSD programs are unnecessary and they cause people to overlook the value of traditional martial arts styles such as Taekwondo. There is nothing truly new or innovative that RBSD teaches that is not already taught by legitimate traditional martial arts instructors. RBSD instructors spent a lot of time belittling the traditional martial arts, especially Taekwondo. This is because of mcdojangism’s influence on Taekwondo culture. Yet, this is not a good enough reason to discredit Taekwondo itself as a whole.

Taekwondo is a very good martial art style to use for a proper self defense program. It was birthed from the aftermath of a brutal Japanese regime in Korea and further developed within war. Taekwondo has been proven in war on the battlefield and used by the U.S. Military and government agencies. Taekwondo has lethal striking techniques which are the basis for very effective self defense. It is a complete stand up striking system that has combat effectiveness. The live sparring and training drills and focus on mastering techniques enables any Taekwondo practitioner to obtain and retain realistic self defense knowledge. The fighting spirit that Taekwondo offers and complete fitness can be trained with total aggression and a “will to win” attitude that will give people true confidence and not a false sense of security that most RBSD programs give. Taekwondo is an excellent self defense art.

 

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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. 

Taekwondo Is Effective For A Self Defense Program:  Why Taekwondo Is More Effective Than A Reality Based Self Defense Course (part 4)

IV. Taekwondo is Proven Effective In Full Contact Fighting

            It is said that a true martial art that works must prove itself in fighting. Taekwondo has not only proven itself in war, but also in current modern combat sports such as Kickboxing and MMA.

 

Taekwondo is effectively used in Mixed Martial Arts fighting

Mixed Martial Arts competition is considered by the general public of fight fans and people who are aware of martial arts as the current proving ground for effective fighting. Various Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters use Taekwondo techniques, including elite MMA fighters who fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship such as Cung Le, Anthony Pettis, Edson Barboza, Benson Henderson and others, to win high level bouts with knockout power and Taekwondo tactics. The Taekwondo round kick, Taekwondo footwork, the back kick, and even the spin kick have all been used with total success in MMA by such fighters as Dennis Sever and Conor McGregor.

Taekwondo spin kick in the UFC

Spin kick knockouts are not uncommon now as well as devastating back kicks. These are typically “fancy” techniques seen in movies that have now been proven effective in combat. MMA is the closest people can get to an actual fight while still remaining in the bounds of what is legal by the law as well as remaining typically safe because a referee and corner men are present and there are rules in place; yet a lot of techniques are allowed. If a combat sport avenue such as MMA has  allowed Taekwondo to demonstrate itself as effective then Taekwondo seems like a decent striking system and can definitely be incorporated into a self defense program.

Same technique as in MMA

Sport does not negate street effectiveness

The claim that sport is never realistic or learning a sport is not good for self defense is not 100% true. While if a person only trains for a sport with rules and never for self defense outside of his combat sport format, then the fighter will not have the best combat sense on the streets. This is even true for MMA. No one who is logical would ever claim Boxing is not an effective martial art that would not work on the streets. Boxing has always worked on the streets and just because people train within the rules of boxing does not mean they cannot use their boxing effectively for self defense. Of course a boxer really should take another martial art that allows for more techniques, but boxing in itself works. Likewise MMA of course works. It is the mindset of the practitioner. If he simply focuses on winning rounds and tapping a person out he will not do well on the streets. But if the same fighter takes his knowledge of MMA with a self defense mindset he will destroy the average person!

Taekwondo also has a sport aspect to it. The kicks and footwork from Olympic Taekwondo competition can also work in self defense. There are a variety of combinations and footwork that allow for quick speed and powerful attacks. Not every fight happens in close quarters and there are times when a self defense situation will demand an exchange of strikes. Taekwondo is the first and only martial art to extensively work on special footwork with unique foot switching and fakes with fast kicking combinations. Training to do these techniques well takes an incredible amount of fitness ability and will only aid in a persons personal self defense. Reality combat expert Martin J. Dougherty (2010) states,

“[Sport fighting] does not make Taekwondo bad. Far from it – it is an excellent sport for building fighting spirit, developing balance and fitness, and learning some powerful kicks.” (p. 26)

Of course there is so much more to Taekwondo than Olympic sparring, but the fact elite athletes with incredible fitness train in Taekwondo for the Olympics should only reinforce that someone studying Taekwondo will get overall competent fitness. It was not allowed into the Olympics because it was simple or easy. It is a dangerous full contact combat sport. Physical fitness is a very important part of self defense and Taekwondo offers it immensely. And it is evident that a Taekwondo self defense program will not focus on Olympic sparring competition, but instead self defense with all of the techniques that are not allowed in the competition.

 

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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.  

Taekwondo Is Effective For A Self Defense Program:  Why Taekwondo Is More Effective Than A Reality Based Self Defense Course (part 3)

 

III. Taekwondo is not inferior to modern RBSD programs

 

A punch is a punch, a kick is a kick, and a throw is a throw. There is no difference between a Taekwondo punch and a RBSD punch. It is the same. There is nothing new really being said in RBSD circles that has not been stressed within traditional martial arts circles already.

 

Taekwondo has every technique any RBSD program can offer

Taekwondo has every technique any RBSD program can offer, plus the focus on mastering technique and dedication to hard training makes a practitioner more able to defend themselves. It is often said Taekwondo is not effective for self defense and that the techniques are outdated and inefficient. The truth is that any technique an RBSD

program uses is already in Taekwondo. What RBSD programs do is claim all traditional martial arts are slow, ineffective, and would cause the student to be forced to learn 100’s of moves which is “too difficult, a waste of time, and out dated.” Hypocritically though, the founders of such RBSD systems will list their credentials for knowing how to teach self defense which most always consist of traditional martial arts styles. Take for example, “Urban Protective Solutions” founded by a husband who uses his wife to advertise that he,

 “…took his 25 years of martial arts, Commando krav maga (sic), ken po (sic), and brazilian jujitsu (sic), and simplified it to a woman’s needs” (evenbrite.com)                                                     

Also, she states, “This is not some complicated course where you have to learn hundreds of moves” (eventbrite.com).

There is nothing unique about this RBSD elbow strike compared to a Taekwondo elbow strike

So, someone who thinks martial arts are too hard to learn for average women and are a waste of time to focus on has hypocritically listed that it is important for us to know he did 25 years of traditional martial arts training prior. Now with all of the styles he listed it would be impossible within that time frame to master them all at the same time. So that shows it is apparent he is probably not an instructor or master of any of these styles and has thus, proclaimed he is now the instructor of his own made up system that is somehow better than his 25 years of training.

          

This Taekwondo elbow strike is the same technique as above

It leaves one to ask why he didn’t just quit all of the martial arts after he learned the very few, easy to memorize, techniques in his current system. It is also apparent that his wife, or he, cannot spell the names of such martial arts styles correctly such as “Kenpo,” “Commando Krav Maga,” and “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.” If one was a master or advanced in a style it would seem obvious he would know how to spell the names of the styles he trained in correctly and not advertise with such errors. Besides this, Commando Krav Maga is a fraudulent organization and the founder, Moni Aizik, was sued in a multi-million dollar lawsuit by the true founders of legitimate Krav Maga (an Israeli RBSD system). Jamic (2014) claims,

“Moni Aizik and Commando Krava Maga AKA Combat Survival have finally been served with our large class action lawsuit for fraud, misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, fraudulent inducement, or tortious interference with business.” (pressabout.com)

This is a common problem with a lot of RBSD systems, many are founded on false concepts and groups who are fraudulent or embellish their credentials.

 

It is a myth that you do not have to learn a lot of techniques

No matter what style of martial arts you train in you are going to have to learn a lot of techniques to be effective at defending yourself. This is true even with RBSD styles. The claim you do not have to learn 100’s of moves is a lie. For example, boxing has about 4 or 5 punches, and maybe 8 or 10 blocks depending on what boxing coach you train under. Yet with such a small amount of techniques there seems to be an endless way to combine them together including footwork and torso movement. A boxer memorizes 100’s of techniques. Likewise, RBSD which claims to be simple and effective is going to have you learn most likely 100’s of movements with sweeps, trips, joint locks and strikes. Traditional martial arts already have all of that in their 100’s if not 1000’s of techniques. Along with many techniques and ways of movement and combining them together, much time needs to be spent on repetition over and over to make this instinctual. 8th dan Taekwondo master and qualified self defense expert Sang H. Kim (2009) explains in his book “Taekwondo Self-Defense,”

“Taekwondo training is an education of the mind and body. It is a process of learning and remembering things by which neurological networks in the muscles and brain are linked. Training requires a significant repetitive amount of practice and time to make those neurological wires function properly. This type of learning is an artificially acquired process whereas instinct is an innate behavioral mode.” (p. 18)

Knowing more techniques is always better than not knowing as many. This is common sense.

The basics of Taekwondo are simple to learn and easy to apply. They can also be trained with pressure and live sparring. Many self defense drills and scenario training can also be applied just like any RBSD program. Often times RBSD instructors do not have their students spar live. They instead just do slow motion based movements such has countering a punch and sweeping someone’s feet or locking an arm. The idea is that it is too deadly to spar with, and martial arts sports such as Olympic Taekwondo with their live sparring are not “street effective.” This is ridiculous as Taekwondo sparring instills fighting spirit and a free range striking sparring can be done safely and in order within Taekwondo techniques that do not comply with Olympic rules. Taekwondo can be sparred with or without rules under the safe guidance of a qualified instructor.

RBSD styles are actually founded on proper martial arts techniques themselves from various styles. This is because the founders of practically every RBSD system has a traditional martial arts background. The RBSD instructor Tony Blauer, who founded the SPEAR System (SPEARS) popular in RBSD circles, as well as the one who created the “Crossfit Defense” program for Crossfit actually started out in Taekwondo. In an interview by Matthew Sylvester (2014) he even claims he created his own home dojo and was teaching students (matthewsylvester.com). He developed his own way of training later that uses techniques already available in the Taekwondo he trained in. He just used certain marketing tactics to get himself known and continues to use sensational advertising. If Tony Blauer, an ex-Taekwondo instructor can teach self defense then any current Taekwondo instructor can.

Tony Bluaer demonstrating a technique already found in Taekwondo

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Sang H. Kim demonstrates a Taekwondo technique the same as Tony Blauer’s SPEAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBSD uses overly technical language to fluff up its image

Most RBSD systems use acronyms such as SPEARS which stands for “Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System.” Why couldn’t it just be called fast reaction fighting? Using overly technical sort of “politically correct” words to describe a fighting system is just a gimmick to sound extra smart. Like they have one over the traditional styles such “Way of smashing with the feet and hands” (Taekwondo) or “Way of empty hands” (Karate) that use common sense, straight to the point names for their martial systems. People like Tony Blauer claim they doing something innovative and unique such as his spontaneous protection ideas with their claim of accelerated response. It seems as if he just thought up a cool sounding acronym and forced in technical words that could be used to describe self defense. Possible, he thought SPEARS sounds so cool and had to force in his technical jargon. Really though, he is not providing a unique or new concept. Such technical jargon can be summed up by saying “train to react fast and effectively.” We don’t need a SPEAR to do it. Sang H. Kim (2009) simply expresses,

“There is no single way in self-defense. You can survive only through spontaneous responses that arise from the situation you are in. Avoid becoming attached to a particular formula of defensive maneuvers.” (p. 49)

All of this has already been known and taught within traditional martial arts. There are a number of other RBSD programs with their own founders who use various acronyms with overly technical language which will not be delved into. If someone wants to find out more about RBSD styles one simply has to use Google.

On the other hand, some RBSD systems that have good techniques are actual martial arts styles like Krav Maga which was founded by the Israeli Imi Lichtenfeld. Krav Maga literally means “Contact Combat” in Hebrew (a very simple name). The Israeli military developed his style further. It is an incorporation of traditional martial arts techniques from Karate, Kickboxing, Savate, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu and others. The fact is every technique that styles like Krav Maga have is also found in traditional martial arts styles like Taekwondo. Throat strikes, hammer fists, blocks, vital point strikes, knees, kicks etc., are all in Taekwondo and can also be trained with aggression. There really is nothing special, new, or unique about what they do. It is just the way they talk about techniques and training and their extreme claims of total effectiveness that impresses people. Good old fashioned martial arts are good enough. The only problem is finding a Taekwondo teacher who is skilled, qualified, and teaches for effective realistic self defense.

 

Mcdonangism is not a good enough reason to discredit Taekwondo

It might be somewhat harder to find an instructor who cares about real self defense applications and uses hard training to make his student’s good at fighting when looking at the majority of Taekwondo gyms around. This is the mcdojangism of many martial arts schools. Mcdojang means low quality, poor, silly, and gimmicky martial arts and quickly earned black belts, such as how fast food places like McDonald’s serves low quality food very fast. One ironic issue is that many RBSD people will mock Taekwondo or Karate for giving out black belts really fast to people who have no skill. At the same time these RBSD instructor’s claim their system can be learned very fast, through DVD’s, at seminars, within a couple of months for “total effectiveness.” Often times a certificate of completion is given to the student after attending a seminar. They are guilty of the very mcdojangism they claim is promoted by Taekwondo, they just do it in military fatigues instead of doboks. The problem with over commercialization of civilian martial arts schools is not specific to Taekwondo nor is it a good enough reason to claim that Taekwondo is not effective; or that is cannot be used to properly teach self defense. There are people who do know how to teach proper Taekwondo and understand the applications for movements and are qualified to create self defense programs using Taekwondo techniques. A person just has to look for them and make it a point to find them. While, it is less popular to be a combative and serious Taekwondo gym, there are good instructors out there and a fine quality self defense program can be created using Taekwondo.

RBSD instructors often use straw man arguments against traditional martial arts mocking the way they train techniques. They do not understand the logic or reason for training exercises or techniques like the chambered punch. They fallaciously argue that no one punches with their hands down. This is not true and a chambered punch is a technique for a specific purpose. Taekwondo also has punches from above like a boxer as well. Learning various ways to punch is better than ignorantly assuming a Taekwondo fighter will stand in a wide horse stand with his hands at his hip when attacked. This is a flat out lie. Much of why an RBSD program might stay in existence is through constant belittling of Taekwondo and other traditional styles. Instead of providing much new information or their own doctrine they waste time making fun of Taekwondo techniques and telling their students why every other style is wrong but theirs. This is the same kind of behavior many cults use on their followers.

 

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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.