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Political Turmoil in Taekwondo

Political Turmoil in Taekwondo

Doug Cook, August 18, 2014

On December 31, 2013, Grandmaster Kyu Hyung Lee, taekwondoist extraordinaire, formally resigned his post as president of the esteemed Kukkiwon after holding the position for a mere matter of months. Quickly replaced by Man Soon Jang, Lee claimed his startling decision was founded on irreconcilable differences between two leading factions; one consisting of officials whose behavior is largely motivated by politics, and a second group of martial artists, spearheaded by Lee, with the purity of taekwondo at heart. More >>

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook - Part 2

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook - Part 2

Stuart Anslow, December 30, 2013

In this article, both devoted martial artists were queried as to their views on the difference between sport and traditional taekwondo, the importance of poomsae, training in Korea, and sought their opinions on the future direction of taekwondo.  Here are more questions from the interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook. More >>

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook -Part 1

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook - Part 1

Stuart Anslow, December 23, 2013

Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook have actively worked to promote the art of traditional taekwondo; one for over fifty years, while the other, half that, but with equal fervor. As the national Korean martial art increasingly becomes focused on the pursuit of Olympic gold, this legendary master and his senior disciple steadfastly support a vast mosaic that features not only sparring, but basic skills, poomsae, self-defense and a path to excellence in their teaching methodologies. It is an honor to have Grandmaster Chun as he seldom grants interviews. More >>

 History and Philosophy of Taekwondo - Part 2

History and Philosophy of Taekwondo - Part 2

Richard Chun, Ph.D., Doug Cook, August 5, 2013

Similarly rooted in Chinese culture, the Baduanjin routine, or Eight Pieces of Brocade, a medical qigong therapy whose performance is professed to impart a silken quality to the body, dates back to AD 1300 where it appears in the Xiuzhen shi-shu (Ten Compilations on Cultivating Perfection). More >>

History and Philosophy of Taekwondo - Part 1

History and Philosophy of Taekwondo - Part 1

Richard Chun, Ph.D., Doug Cook, July 29, 2013

Long before the advent of sport sparring and the invention of modern safety gear, in a time when to fight meant to defend one’s life from almost certain death, an ingenious method of transmitting martial arts skills from venerated master to loyal disciple was developed. More >>

The Evolution of Tae Kwon Do Poomsae, Hyung and Tul-Part

The Evolution of Tae Kwon Do Poomsae, Hyung and Tul-Part 2

Doug Cook, June 17, 2013

Throughout the 1950s and early 60s, when Tae Kwon Do, still referred to as taesoodo, tangsoodo and kongsoodo in many circles, was in its infancy, poomsae practice consisted largely of exercises derived from these Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese disciplines. More >>

The Evolution of Tae Kwon Do Poomsae, Hyung and Tul-Part 1

The Evolution of Tae Kwon Do Poomsae, Hyung and Tul-Part 1

Doug Cook, June 10, 2013

Long before the advent of sport sparring and the invention of modern safety gear, in a time when to fight meant to defend one’s life from almost certain death an ingenious method of transmitting martial arts skills from venerated master to loyal disciple was developed. More >>

Surrender! Clear Your Mind To Learn A New Skill

Surrender! Clear Your Mind To Learn A New Skill

Doug Cook, January 14, 2013

After teaching taekwondo for many years, I have come to some concrete observations. As an instructor and school owner I have noticed that many new students have a difficult time acclimating to Eastern customs. More >>

A Photo Shoot for the Ages

A Photo Shoot for the Ages

Doug Cook, July 23, 2012

As digital publishing and electronic readers begin to eclipse the charm of the printed word, books of paper, binding, glue, and ink become all the more dear, particularly to those of us who still take great pleasure in holding the editorial contributions of an author in our hands while mindfully turning pages infused with academic thought, one at a time. More >>

Taekwondo-A Powerful Tool for Self-Defense

Taekwondo-A Powerful Tool for Self-Defense

Kim, Bok Man, May 14, 2012

The martial art of Taekwondo, literally meaning "art of hand and foot fighting," is more than two thousand years old. Yet its physical and spiritual content have never been so vigorously sought after and practiced as it is now. More >>

Visiting Korea: Land of the Morning Calm

Doug Cook, May 24, 2010

Having traveled to Korea on several occasions, I feel strongly that experiencing the culture of this vibrant nation firsthand is the way to fully understand the roots of taekwondo. In doing so, practitioners can make a geographical and historical connection with their physical training while sampling the unique heritage of the Korean people. More >>

Master Doug Cook jumping side kick

The Doctrine of Purpose

Doug Cook, December 14, 2009

It is widely accepted that martial arts were originally developed as tools of war intended for use by soldiers on the field of battle. More >>

Remaining True to the Art of Taekwondo

Remaining True to the Art

Doug Cook, October 5, 2009

I am always careful to remind my students that the practice of traditional taekwondo is not easy. I tell them that if it were, everyone would train. And it is not difficult to see why. More >>

Doug Cook Taekwondo

The Korean Connection: Taekwondo Training in the "Land of the Morning Calm" - Part 3

Doug Cook, March 16, 2009

Grandmaster Nam is an exceptional instructor, nimbly moving from one component of the taekwondo curriculum to the next. From basic movements he continues on with one-step sparring drills, fourteen in all, ranging from axe kick/round kick combinations to spread block/double upper cut in twist stance techniques More >>

Taekwondo practice

The Korean Connection: Taekwondo Training in the "Land of the Morning Calm" - Part 2

Doug Cook, March 9, 2009

In what to me represents the epitome of Korean hospitality, our group is invited to the headquarters of the Korean National Tourism Organization in downtown Seoul, for an official welcoming ceremony More >>

Master Doug Cook practicing Taekwondo

The Korean Connection: Taekwondo Training in the "Land of the Morning Calm" - Part 1

Doug Cook, March 2, 2009

Traditional taekwondo philosophy teaches us to cultivate, among other things, courage, perseverance and indomitable will. Clearly, these virtues go hand in hand with transforming dreams into reality. More >>

Taekwondo in the Beijing 2008 Olympics - The Results

Barbara Langley, September 4, 2008

It was sad enough that NBC did not cover the Taekwondo at the Olympics, and that the Lopez family did not sweep the gold, but what is worse is the unsportsmanlike actions of Cuban Angel Matos and his coach Leudis Gonzalez. More >>

Taekwondo in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Aug 8-24

B. Langley, August 5, 2008

Taekwondo made its debut as an official full-medal sport in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where 103 athletes from 51 countries participated.  In 2004 the competition was held in Athens, Greece. More >>

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