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Grandmaster Al Tracy Passes

The world lost one of the most senior if not most senior Kenpo Grandmasters in the world in the early hours of 30 Oct. 2017.  He was one of Ed Parkers earliest black belts and arguably the “keeper”of Original Kenpo, … Continue reading

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Kukkiwon President describes the Funtion of the Kukkiwon 극기원

An older video but a great resource Share on Facebook Tags: Always Take Action, American Taekwondo Association, ATA, Blue Wave, Carlos Chuck Norris, certain victory, Chang Hon, Choi Hong Hi, General Choi, Grandmaster, Grandmaster Choi, Gwen F Hall, Hall Taekwon-Do, … Continue reading

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World Taekwondo still waiting on promised invitation to upcoming ITF World Championships

By Daniel Etchells at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Saturday, 9 September 2017 World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue has revealed the governing body has still not received a promised invitation to send its Demonstration Team to the upcoming ITF … Continue reading

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Protected: The Amelia Earhart of Taekwon-Do

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Taekwon-Do and the DPRK Part 1

Taekwon-Do as so many should know was officially introduced in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) aka North Korea in 1980.  Prior to this the DPRK did have its own version of karate since the 1950’s after the DPRK was … Continue reading

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ITF Patterns: Artistic Expression or Self-Defence? — Neither

Originally published here Recently there was a poll on a Taekwon-Do Facebook group that I belong to that asked whether or not practitioners view the ITF (Chang Hon) patterns to be more involved with “artistic expression” or more to do … Continue reading

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Martial Arts Business: Dealing with Sexual Abuse, Molestation, Shame, and Your Profit

Written by Tom Callos UPDATE LINK CLICK HERE! If you haven’t heard the news, the man who was thought of by many as the preeminent martial arts school / industry business teacher in the world, hung himself last week, just a … Continue reading

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The Theory Of Power – A General Martial Art Concept

By Gwen F. Hall 8th Dan Tae Kwon Do                 Concentration, Balance, Breath Control, Reaction Force, Speed interrelated with mass: these elements formulate the Theory of Power.  For those who are aware of them, there is sometimes a disconnect between naming … Continue reading

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Juche Fiber and the ITF: The True Story of the “Blue” ITF Dobak

This is the true story and history of the very short lived ITF “color” uniform of the early 1980s.  We have interviewed black belts, masters and students of the time, and gotten the history, the material and reasons behind the … Continue reading

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“Instructor,” “Master” and “Grandmaster”: An Explanation of the Titles Used in ITF Taekwon-Do

Originally published at : Soo Shim Kwan  After my recent post on the three Korean terms (Moosool, Mooye and Moodo) used to describe the combat arts, it reminded me of one of my first submissions for Totally Tae Kwon Do, in which I describe the differences in … Continue reading

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Long Form 5

Long 5 is known, alternately, as the Takedown form, the point-of-origin form, the parallel line form, or the hand-accent form. Throughout the form, notice the use of the pattern of claw, back-knuckle, pushdown, using alternating hands. Do the full Kenpo … Continue reading

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Short Form #2

Short Form 2 6th Kyu Purple Belt Theme: Advancing with front hand block; front and rear hand counters, utilizing body momentum, rotation, and gravitational marrage. Salutation: Start from a meditating horse stance facing 12 :00. 1. With your right foot … Continue reading

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Tracy Kenpo Karate

HOW THE TRACY SYSTEM OF KENPO KARATE BEGAN Last update: 03/02/10 The secret to the success of the Tracy System is no secret at all:  Provide a quality service—Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu as self-defense that actually works—taught through private instruction by competent, qualified, … Continue reading

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Pil Sung: Embodiment of the Tenets of Tae Kwon-Do

  by Lt. Gwen F. Hall U.S.N. April 1976, first published Fall 1976 Author with General Choi, 1981 Chicago, IL. U.S.A.   The phrase and philosophy of “Pil Sung” was introduced to TaeKwon-Do by Mr. Eun, Sang Ki.  Similar concepts are taught … Continue reading

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The Origin of Kenpo Karate

by Will Tracy 33/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Kenpo is a Japanese unarmed fighting art that was brought from China to Japan about 700 years ago by the Yoshida Clan and was quickly adopted by the Komatsu Clan. The … Continue reading

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Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Curriculum

Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Curriculum Yellow Belt (Hachikyu) Techniques Japanese Sword (AB)…………..  (A) Left Punch  (B) Right Punch Chinese Sword (AB)…………….  (A) Right Punch  (B) Left Punch Delayed Sword………………….. Right Punch Knee of Vengeance……………..  Two hand grab Fang of the Cobra……………….  … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate Setting History Right 1962-1964

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) (updated 06/16/2009) The period between 1962 and 1964 saw more visible changes in Kenpo than any other time. Not only did brown tips go to the colored belt system that has … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate Setting History Right 1960-1962

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Ed Parker kept his promise to Professor Chow and opened another school about twenty miles south of Pasadena in early 1960, but it was a complete failure, and closed before April … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate – Setting History Right 1954-1956

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Professor Chow promoted Ed Parker to brown belt before Ed returned to Brigham Young University in the fall of 1954. Ed’s three years in the Coast Guard made him eligible for … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate – Setting History Right 1949-1954

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Kenpo Karate today owes its very existence to Ed Parker, as it was Ed Parker who brought Kenpo Karate to the mainland from Hawaii and made it world famous. Ed Parker … Continue reading

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Etymology of Pattern Names & More!

UPDATED 03 OCT 2017 This page is to give more insight into the etymology of the names picked by Gen. Choi and others to promote the Chang Hon style of Taekwon-Do. The first set of ‘characters’ are Korean (Hangul), the … Continue reading

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Tang Soo Do Dan Bon 단봉

The explanation for the DAN BON 단봉 system is contributed to H.C. Hwang the son of the founder of the Moo Duk Kwan® and comes directly from their site here The Database below is from previously published newsletters and instructor sources and … Continue reading

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