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For The Love of Taekwon-Do… | ITF Taekwon-Do

For The Love of Taekwon-Do… | ITF Taekwon-Do

I’ve been doing Taekwon-Do for almost 31 years and I’ve had many amazing experiences along the way. I’ve been able to travel to, train in, and compete in 14 different countries and have had the privilege of winning at the World Championships. But I think I can safely say that these last two weeks may…

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Is ITF Taekwon-Do Just Dying A Slow Death? | ITF Taekwon-Do

Anyone who’s been training in ITF style Taekwon-Do for more than a few years probably knows there are multiple ITF organizations out there. And even if you’ve been following things closely since General Choi, Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do died in 2002, you know that there has been next to nothing done by any…

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Fed Up With The Facade and I’m Calling B.S. | ITF Taekwon-Do

I have to write this because I’ve just been keeping my mouth shut and rolling my eyes every time I see someone get all excited about the Protocol of Accord that Chang Ung and the North Korean ITF signed with the WTF and the International Olympic Committee. Initially it raised more questions than answers and…

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ITF’s Working Together… Or Just Agreeing To Disagree? | ITF Taekwon-Do

Last week there was a post on facebook: “Following the mandate of the ITF Congress, on June 11th at 3 pm delegations of the two ITF Taekwon-do organizations, leaded by Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg and Dr. Chang Ung, met in Vienna at the Vienna Grand Hotel and signed the agreement to stop immediately and end…

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“Old School” Parenting

Can someone please tell me why it’s ok for my 15 yr old daughter to go on vacation with her boyfriend’s family?  Or why he should go on vacation with us? Maybe I’m getting old or am just old fashioned but to me it’s an obvious NO. It’s not that I don’t trust them, or…

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“I Shall Build A More Peaceful World”

In 2006 I traveled to Germany with a friend of mine for the FIFA World Cup.  That trip was an amazing 10 day party during the final week of the World Cup and one of the greatest experiences of my life. What made things even more exciting was that Germany (the host country) was in…

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“I Shall Respect My Instructors And Seniors”

Last week I taught the first of 7 classes as a guest instructor at a Summer Camp that my son goes to.  When the camp director “Miss Karyn” asked me what the kids should call me so that she could introduce me, I told her Mr. Karstadt. You would have thought she was having seizure….

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Get Your Black Belt In 12 Months, REALLY!

Did you know that you could legitimately earn an ITF Black Belt in as little as 18 months? Did you know that you could legitimately earn an ITF Black Belt in as little as 12 months? Yes you can. Now before your head explodes and you go off on a tangent about how this is…

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Bullying Is Not The Problem

If you hadn’t noticed, it seems as though “bullying” has gotten a great deal of attention lately (especially in the U.S.) and people are screaming from the rooftops about how it needs to be stopped, how it’s unfair and how terrible things have become. Governments have created anti-bullying task forces and committees.  Schools have come…

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