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The Secret to Taekwondo Kicking

October 26, 2011

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Bruce Lee Learned Taekwondo Kicking From Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, and instills much more than physical self defense, kicking and punching skills. Some know it for the sport division featured in the Olympic games. However, the majority of men, women and children practice Taekwondo for a healthy, fun recreation and the amazing benefits of the traditional and cultural aspects of the art. It is a discipline that reveals a way of enhancing our spirit and life through correct training our body and mind.

Bruce Lee Kicks with Jhoon Rhee on a Beach


This trademark kicking style is featured in various Korean martial arts including Kuk Sool, Hwarang Do, Hapkido, Hanmudo, Yudo, Tang Soo Do, Choi Kwang Do, and major organizations such as the World TKD Federation (WTF), the International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF), the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), as well as many others.

John Nottingham Pulgueksa Temple Korea


The secret to advanced Taekwondo kicking is found in three essential components.

First, a foundation of correct form and proper mechanics must be built. This is developed through specialized drills and training routines that build strength, control and proper body movement. In Taekwondo, special emphasis is placed on core strength, hip and low back conditioning to enable the range of motion for proper kicking. The conditioning provides a harmony of strength, flexibility and timing. Together these form a potent combination that is the foundation for exotic, practical and powerful kicking techniques.

Flexibility drills such as dynamic stretch kicking, passive stretches and P.N.F. (resistance/contraction) stretching help improve range of motion, control and the ability to place kicks with pin point accuracy. The dynamic and plyometric kicking speed drills condition the muscles and nervous system to be explosive and lightning fast. This usually consists of breaking down the kicking mechanics into its sub movements, such as lifting the knee to chamber a kick. The drill would include starting from a sparring stance, chambering the knee as rapidly as possible for a set period of time – perhaps 30 seconds. It is followed by a rest cycle then repeated.

John Nottingham Flying Side Kick Punch


Another tool for developing advanced kicking is the variety of kicking paddle drills. A kicking paddle is a Taekwondo practicioners target used to simulate a moving human. The Taekwondoist has to anticipate and attack the target while in motion, adapting to ever changing distance and timing. They learn to point the knee, stay relaxed and adopt a highly versatile sparring stance to be able to change quickly and capitalize on opportunity.

The next secret to Taekwondo kicking is the use of the hip. In the above photo you can see Black Belt Anthony Miles of USA Martial Arts Phoenix speed breaking bricks with a spin side kick. The power in his kick comes from momentum, torque (from turning the hip) and great side kick mechanics (alignment). He does a great job of lining up his kick to drive through the bricks and concentrating his force in a small area.

To increase range of motion, a Taekwondo practicioner will strive to stay relaxed to enable efficient movement. Next, they will adopt a versatile stance and make use of their arms by swinging them to initiate faster adaptation, rotation, torque and mobility.

The advanced jumping and spinning kicks are developed by practicing a variety of jumping and spinning drills. The common trait of all great kickers is the willingness to practice consistently over time. Perhaps this is the greatest secret of great kicking.

One of the formulas many competitors use is to practice every kick they know ten times on each side for a session. Another classic method is to throw 1000 kicks a day. Of course, the best training protocol depends on your level, body, goals and guidance from a qualified teacher.

In Korea, most children practice Taekwondo kicking with a spirit of play. They accumulate a high volume of kicking repetitions in addition to regular Taekwondo class attendance. The demonstration teams also use friendly competition to encourage advancement and higher levels of difficulty and skill.

John Nottingham High Roundhouse Kick Korea Folk Village

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New Generation of Martial Arts Opens in North Phoenix

August 27, 2010

Self Development Through Self-Defense

A unique school just opened in North Phoenix Arizona. It is a place with some unexpected offerings beyond the typical Taekwondo, Jiu-jitsu, Karate or Kung Fu school. It is a place where personal perfection is achieved through personal protection.

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USA Martial Arts founder is a security, military, police and bodyguard trainer with a lifetime experience in teaching self defense to men, women and children of all ages. In fact, over the past two and a half decades, his teachings have reached an audience of over 10,000 people from all over the world.

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The school is much more than the typical corner strip mall Karate dojo. You won’t find teenage instructors strutting around in gaudy Taekwondo uniforms in front of students barking out orders. Nor will you find any drill sergeant attitude or boot camp power trip. While it is a place with a certain reverence and discipline, it is also a welcoming safe-haven. Each instructor is a professional, advanced Black Belt with over 500 hours of instructor training and dedicated to student safety, comfort and success.

Much More Than Kicks, Punches, Blocks & Throws


Students notice the positive, but structured atmosphere immediately upon entering the clean and well conceived facility. Fully modern amenities and technology with tasteful touches of tradition from Korea, China and Japan (Specially selected from when members of the school train there!).

Arizonan’s LOVE The USA Martial Arts Self-Defense System
The USA Martial Arts system teaching method is unconventional to say the least. Developed more like a University learning institution, it centers on the student and their individual goals and course of study.

USA Martial Arts founder is far more concerned that his students perform academically and qualify for scholarships, rather than qualify for the next belt.

“Belts, uniforms, weapons are tools we use to motivate students and pass on character and citizenship skills that cause them to stand out as leaders.”

A Heart for Students
Eagle Scout, Scottsdale Airpark Rotarian, former Army Intelligence trained soldier who served in an Airborne Special Forces Reserve Unit, this Master Instructor demands the best from his instructor cadre. Having nearly 200 Arizona Black Belts to choose from he selects only the best of the best. These are great communicators, motivators, and skilled instructors in articulating concepts with outstanding service. Each instructor must demonstrate what the founder calls a heart for students.

From the moment a student walks through our doors, we begin to look for their unique gifts and talents. We first want to make sure they are having fun because that is where learning and motivation begins. Second we are focussed on developing trust, for this is the basis of the student/parent teacher relationship. We accomplish this by leading by example. You won’t see fat, unhealthy or unkempt instructors barking orders at our school. Rather you will see a smiling instructor who leads by example with humility and a gentle graciousness.

USA Martial Arts has a series of Grand Opening events planned including hosting the Korean Eagle Taekwondo Children’s Team from Seoul, Dan “The Beast” Severn, free events such as Bully Busting, Verbal Judo, Character Kicks, Hit Like a Girl and more. The school is filling up fast as referrals continue to increase and word gets out.

So for those thinking about putting your kids in a Karate program, this could be the opportunity you were waiting for. Plus you can do it for less than you probably suspect.

Our area has been hit hard by the recent changes in the economy. We decided to reduce our regular rates to give families a break trusting that it would be made up in the long run in student loyalty and positive word of mouth advertising. Our aim is to serve the members of this community and we consider it an honor to have the opportunity to teach.

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Taekwondo in Phoenix Arizona

August 13, 2010

Taekwondo Martial Arts of Korea in Phoenix

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and combat sport. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea. It is also regarded as the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners, and sparring, or kyeorugi, is an official Olympic sporting event. In Korean hanja, tae means feet or kicking; kwon means hands or striking; and do means art, path, way, or method. Hence, taekwondo is loosely translated as the way of the foot and fist.

Taekwondo’s popularity has resulted in the varied evolution of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy.

Taekwondo is an Olympic Sport

There are two main styles of Taekwondo: World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), which is practised at the Olympics; and International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), which was founded by General Choi Hong Hi, the father of Taekwondo. Although there are great doctrinal and technical differences among the two taekwondo styles and organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). Circular motions that generate power are of central importance. Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks.

A Tae Kwon Do student typically wears a uniform (dobok), often white but sometimes black or other colors, with a belt (tti) tied around the waist. The belt indicates the student’s rank. The school or place where instruction is given is called the dojang.

Tae Kwon Do is famed for its use of kicking techniques,especially which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or southern styles of kung fu. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation.

Tae Kwon Do as a sport and exercise is popular with people of both sexes and of many ages. Physically, Tae Kwon Do develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one’s strength.

Other Martial Art Types and Techniques

Karate (Japanese, “empty hand”), martial art of unarmed self-defense in which directed or focused blows of the hands and feet, accompanied by special breathing and shouts, are dealt from poised positions. More than a method of combat, karate emphasizes self-discipline, positive attitude, and high moral purpose. It is taught professionally at different levels, and under different Asian names, as a self-defense skill, a competitive sport, and a free-style exercise.

Kung fu (Chinese boxing) is, with karate, the most popularly known of all the martial arts. It employs kicks, strikes, throws, body turns, dodges, holds, crouches and starts, leaps and falls, hand springs and somersaults. These movements include more techniques involving the open hand, such as claws and rips, than those used in karate.

Taekwondo is a type of fighting system that originated in Korea and that employs kicking, punching, and various evasive techniques. Most famous for its kicks, Tae Kwon Do incorporates jumping and kicking into characteristic maneuvers called “flying kicks.” Taekwondo spread worldwide from Korea in the 1960s and the first World Tae Kwon Do Championship took place in Seoul, South Korea, in 1973.

Jujitsu or jiujitsu (from Japanese Ju, for “gentle”), uses holds, chokes, throws, trips, joint locks, kicks, and atemi (strikes to vital body areas). The techniques are gentle only in the sense that they are directed toward deflecting or controlling an attack; however, they can maim or kill.

Judo is a popular wrestling form developed from jujitsu in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, a Japanese educator. Like jujitsu, it attempts to turn an attacker’s force to one’s own advantage. Techniques include throwing and grappling. Judo was first included in the Olympic Games in 1964.

Aikido was, like judo, derived from jujitsu within the last century. In aikido, an attack is avoided with flowing, circular movements. The opponent can then be brought to the ground with painful, immobilizing joint locks.

Tai chi chuan, more popularly referred to as tai chi, is an ancient Chinese exercise and fighting system, still practiced in China and elsewhere in the world, mainly for its health benefits. It employs slow, graceful movements that are stylized renditions of original arm and foot blows.

Kendo, or Japanese fencing, is a sport derived from ancient sword fighting, now using bamboo swords.

Martial Arts Belt Levels

In many forms of the martial arts, practitioners wear colored belts to denote rank. A white belt indicates a novice; a black belt signifies proficiency at various levels. For example, first degree black belt, signifies the first level of black belt; fifth degree black belt, usually signifies a master.

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April 22, 2010

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