Master Marr's Break-a-Thon to benefit Shaker Schools Foundation Leg Up!
The challenge is on! On Saturday, September 26, Master James Marr of Master Marr's Taekwon-do in Shaker Heights, OH will present a board-breaking demonstration in support of the local schools. Each $10 donation to the Shaker Schools Foundation Leg Up! Fund Drive adds another board to the pile. Last year's challenge raised $1780 for the local food bank. The goal this year is 250 boards, equaling $2500 to help ensure that Shaker's disadvantaged students have access to enrichment opportunities. Visit www.marrtkd.com to make a donation or for more information. Then come cheer on Master Marr at 1pm on September 26 at the Shaker Towne Centre in Shaker Heights, OH.
Another Taekwon-do International Boot Camp is over and we are sad to have it end. Thank you to the masters, instructors, and students who came to participate and to coach, to encourage and to urge us all on, to share stories and to laugh at jokes, to kick hard and then harder, to punch fast and then faster, and most of all to learn more and more again.
We look forward to seeing YOU with us next year.
Congratulations Grandmaster Kim on another successful boot camp!
Thank you for all of the hard work you do.
Thank you also to Master Morris of Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do, Asheville, NC; Master John Meany of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ; Master James Marr of Master Marr's Taekwon-do in Shaker Heights, OH; and Master Mark Nathanson of New York and New Jersey for all of their work in support of Grandmaster Kim and the boot camp.
Boot camp registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing registered participants on August 7th!
Directions, schedule and packing list are available online.
Boot Camp attendees should bring the following items:
Meet fun people from other Taekwon-do schools!
Get a chance to use that sleeping bag in your basement!
Receive a super cool t-shirt to impress your non-Taekwon-do friends!
Learn new techniques to impress your stay-at-home Taekwon-do friends!
Get instruction from more Master Instructors than ever!
Be in a room with more black belts than any other event you will attend!
Amaze yourself with what YOU CAN DO!
There's so much fun to be had at TKDI Boot Camp!
You will go home with so many ideas and so much inspiration to bring back to your regular day-to-day training!
All of this can be yours but only if you come to camp. Registration is open through 7/24.
The Summer Boot camp is our biggest event and is also the most Taekwon-do fun we have all year. This year's event will be held on August 7-9 in Goochland, Virginia. This is an awesome weekend immersion into taekwon-do fundamentals and technique. It's a golden opportunity to improve your sparring, patterns and basics, while spending time with people who are as passionate about their taekwon-do training as you are.
Register online at TKDunion.org.
Join Grandmaster Kim, President of Taekwon-do International and special guest instructors as we celebrate summer with our annual camp. The date is August 7th through 9th, and this year's camp will be held in Goochland, Virginia. It's an amazing experience for all belt levels...practice includes basics and fundamentals, self-defense, patterns, as well as sparring techniques and free-fighting. Save the date and plan on attending.
Registration deadline: July 24, 2015.
Details and camp registration
On April 11, 1955 our martial art was officially named Taekwon-Do by General Choi Hong Hi. To commemorate and celebrate 60 years on from this historic date, Taekwon-Do International hosted their 11th Annual Seminar and Championship over the weekend of April 10th to 12th. Also, significantly, 2015 marks 40 years of teaching from TKDI Founder and President, Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim.
Events celebrating both of these milestones were hosted over the weekend by Master John Meany, 6th Dan, owner and master instructor of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do. Both TKDI member schools as well as several invited schools took part in the championship, and competitors did their best in forms, sparring and board breaking categories. Grand Championship trophies were awarded in Male and Female black belt forms, in addition to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for the student’s efforts. Honored guests included Grandmaster Thomas Welsh, GM Ji Ho Choi, GM Young H. Kim and Master Jong S. Park, in addition to TKDI members Master Tony Morris from North Carolina, Master Mark Nathanson from New Jersey, Master Paul D’Ambrosio from California, Master James Marr from Ohio, Master Laura Giletti from New Jersey, Master Gil Choi from Delaware and Master Anna Gong from New York. Demonstrations in patterns and board breaking were performed by Master Christopher Malarkey of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, and Master Meany performed Tong Il, followed by him cutting an apple in half on the stomach of Master Malarkey, with a sword, while blind-folded!
The seminar on Sunday provided TKDI members and their students opportunity to practice theories of movement and power generation, through the fundamentals of Taekwon-do, all under the direction of Grandmaster Kim and other senior instructors from the association. In addition the pattern portion of the seminar students were given instruction on free-fighting techniques and competition training.
An exciting and historic weekend for all who attended! Watch soon for details on our next event, the TKDI Summer Boot Camp August 7th - 9th in Goochland, VA. Thank you for your support of Taekwon-do International.
Morgan Prue, Secretary General
General Choi came to NYC in the fall of 1977 for a political campaign--an anti Park campaign as usual. The location was at Master Kwang Duk Chung's TKD school on 34th Street--I remember clearly it was on 3rd floor. There were some college professors, former politicians, pro N. Korea and TKD masters, GM Suh Chong Kang (Tae Sun Kang's father, GM T.S Kang has a successful TKD school in downtown NYC today) and his followers (I was one of them), and GM Kang was Vice President of ITF then, and president of ATA. There were at least 8-9 TKD masters and I believe I was the youngest.
After the political meeting, Gen. Choi asked if anyone of us brought 'Do Bok'--I was the only one, and I still don't know why I said "I have it, Sir." He simply said "very good, now go and change"--I ran down to my beat up car, got my 'do bok'.
Then he says, "do Chon Ji" and I think I did it very well. Gen. Choi responded with a smile, "very good, but you just did Karate" and he then taught all of us up to Won Hyo that evening and asked us to come again next day. Now I was confused, those days I thought I was pretty good in TKD, kind of reckless, too. But I did pride myself being very fast and strong, 5'8' 160 lbs, I wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. I didn't go home that night, instead came straight to my TKD school in Bergenfield NJ, and tried to prove that my method is better than what Gen. Choi just corrected me on. It took me about an hour and I realized breathing was extremely important; it made difference in power by moving slightly down at the strike. The next day I did patterns up to Choong Moo front of Gen. Choi, just as he told me to do. The rest is history.
That location on 34th Street is the very same place where Master Yang's TKD school is today.
Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan
Grandmaster Kim: "Is it 'way' or 'do' as a discipline? or is it 'techniques/sool/jitsu' for self defense?"
If you want to call it an art of self defense or simply a martial art, one has to know - is it one of 'way' or 'do' as a discipline? or is it 'techniques/sool/jitsu' for self defense?
The majority of practitioners are still too concerned with learning more techniques and keep seeking more and more ... now I wonder how are you going to remember it all? Let's assume you remember 60% - Now I ask you, can you use them all? mManing, have you literally mastered techniques so that you can apply them or use them?
By the time one gets to 1st Dan Black Belt, in our system, we've taught them some 330 plus movements, and these are by the patterns, forms, tuls, or poom saes. Japanese Ken-do coupled with a Korean monk who claimed he had mastered the techniques of swords, was some one I knew circa 1975 - 1978. I really thought he exceeded Ken-do (Japanese) because my understanding was it only had 16 movements or less, and one practices for life time.
Well, why don't you find out if you have mastered one technique or maybe many more, and let's discuss if we should practice 'way' or 'do ' or look for more ' techniques / sool / jitsu '?
Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan