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Martial arts
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About the term "martial arts"
What is a martial art?
What makes a martial art an art?
Categories of martial arts
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Why study a martial art?
Mas Oyama on the martial arts
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Martial arts vs. religion
Martial arts beliefs
Inconvenient truths
Multiple martial arts ranks
Fine martial arts
Getting serious
Martial arts criticism
Best martial art?
Concepts
"Do" or "the way"
Ki
Meditation
Yin-Yang
Osu
Dokkodo
Seppuku
Cheetah and gazelle
Rock, Scissors, Paper
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Some systems
Defending your style
Apples and oranges
Does it float?
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Fraud
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What is fraud?
What is martial arts fraud?
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The truth
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Taekwondo
Information about taekwondo
About
What it IS NOT
What it IS
Misconceptions
Karate vs taekwondo
Sport vs traditional
Things learned
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Children
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Philosophical aspects
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Past and present
Legends
Changes
Post 9/11
Modern taekwondo
History of taekwondo
Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ancient beginning
Chapter 3: Korean geography
Chapter 4: Ancient Korea
Chapter 5: Three Kingdoms Era
Chapter 6: Subak and Sonbae
Chapter 7: Subak and Hwarang
Chapter 8: Koryo Dynasty
Chapter 9: Joseon Dynasty
Chapter 10: Korea divided
Chapter 11: Taekwondo development
Chapter 12: Korean War
Chapter 13: Turning point
Chapter 14: Early masters
Chapter 15: Choi Hong Hi
Chapter 16: Growth
Chapter 17: Competitionalization
Chapter 18: Exportation
Chapter 19: International Taekwondo Federation
Chapter 20: World Taekwondo Federation
Chapter 21: Sport taekwondo
Chapter 22: Traditional versus sport taekwondo
Chapter 23: Taekwondo in the United States
Chapter 24: American taekwondo organizations
Chapter 25: New techniques
Chapter 26: Road to the Olympics
Chapter 27: Taekwondo today
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Korean culture
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Organizations
About organizations
Power corrupts
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Timeline
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Code
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Pledge
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Sources
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Pledge
Anthem
Sources
Olympic
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Should I own
Things to consider
Business structure
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Planning
What is marketing
Marketing tips
Prospects
Attracting adults
Customers
Being different
Demonstrations
Black belt coin
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Misbehavior
Complaints
Lawsuits
Total Quality Management
Pareto Principle
Boyd's Decision Cycle
Qualities of good leaders
Patton on leadership style
Stockdale's leadership style
Attila's leadership style
Marine Corps leadership style
SEAL leadership style
Command respect
Professionals
Succession
Geese leadership
Choose a discipline
Learn from others
Amateur versus professional
Black belt prestige
Critics of traditional teaching
Instructors care
Making swords
Instructing parable
Student versus instructor
Don Quixote
Types of students
Too young? Too old?
Student motivation
Teamwork
Self-esteem
Group effect
Student burnout
Inattention
Helping students cope
Music while training
Traditional teaching style
Teaching methods
Easing the stress of speaking
Commanding voice
Self-assessment
Chunking
Instructing tips
Parables
Analogies
Training drills
Starting your search
How to find a school
How to visit a school
Avoiding faux pas
Questions to ask
Factors to consider
Factors to NOT consider
McDojang/McDojo
Traditional vs. modern
New styles of martial arts
Level of contact
Instructor types
Instructor considerations
Business aspects
Subject matter experts
First class
Things instructors want you to know
Beginner tips
Fitting in
Servitude
Loyalty
Dealing with winning
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Student-instructor relationship
Secrets to being a good student
How to fail
Whiners
Don't fool yourself
Waiver of liability
Permission for medical treatment
Contracts
Sample ripoff contract
School requirements
Club constitution
Club bylaws
Class protocol
Class etiquette
Respect
Bowing
Yes sir! No ma'am!
Class session
Student pledge
Student tenets
Student oath
Student creed
Code of conduct
Other guiding principles
Counting
Setting goals
Achieving goals
Picture yourself
Learn from the best
Being the best
How to become the best
When your best isn't enough
Peak performance
Achieving success
Black belt
Considering teaching?
Carried to the extreme
Competence
Knowledge is power
Steps to learning
Distance learning
Playing your cards
The unfettered mind
Desiderata
Uniforms, belts, and rank
The uniform
Care of the uniform
History of the uniform
Why white?
The modern uniform
About rank
About belts
Belt system
Belt history
Belt symbolism
Meaningfulness of ranks and belts
Curriculum
Development
Usage
Terminology
Performance
Variations
Contact points
More information
Hidden chamber
Linear vs. circular
Snap decisions
Kiai/kiyup
Concentration
Focus
Control
Timing
Quickness
Reaction time
Rebounding
Hammer principle
Chickens
Is more better?
Hick's Law
Tips from aikido
About
About stances
Posture
Leg tension
Resting positions
Stance descriptions
Notes about stance descriptions
Parallel ready stance
Attention stance
Sitting stance
Front stance
Back stance
Fixed stance
Cat stance
Reverse back stance
Crane stance
Fighting stance
Other stances
Concepts
Stability
Coordination
Hand-foot-hip timing
Reflexes
Don't be jerky
Techniques
Footwork
Shifting
Stepping
Pivoting
Lunging
Spinning
Jumping
Jumping and spinning
Force
About force
Application of force
Power
Physics of power
Flow of power
Measured power
Maximum power
More about power
Sources of power
Muscles
Laws of motion
Action-reaction
Rotation
Relaxation-tension-relaxation
Developing power
Timing
Chamber-extend-retract
Linear/thrusting motion
Hips
Hip rotation
Hip snap-winding-sine wave-sawtooth
Dropping
About breathing
Importance of proper breathing
Deep breathing
Pattern breathing
Stillness
About blocks
Physics of blocking
Blocking effectiveness
Guard
Types of blocks
Single versus double bone blocks
Blocking techniques
Jamming
Block and counterattack
Methods of delivery
Arm attacks
Leg attacks
Head butts
About kicks
Ways kicks are used
Types of kicks
Powerful kicks
Devastating kicks
Lethal kicks
Quicker kicks
Kicking techniques
Evolution of taekwondo kicks
Kicking tips
Front kicks
Back kicks
Side kicks
Round kicks
Hook kicks
Crescent kicks
Heel kicks
Axe kicks
Twist kicks
Knee kicks
Shin kicks
Ground kicks
Other kicks
About punching
About punches
History of punching
Punch physics
Power punchers
Bare-knuckle punching
To punch or not to punch
Punching concepts
Horizontal vs. vertical fist
Twisting a punch
Sequence of forces
Lockout vs. snapback
Pulling punches
Follow-through vs. focused
Cocking a punch
Push-pull
Punching theory
Types of fists
Fist clenching
Hand and wrist alignment
Hand strength
Head tilt
Telegraphing a punch
Headhunting
Body shots
Extended punch
Punching techniques
Punching basics
Fore-fist/straight punch
Jab punch
Cross punch
Hook punch
Uppercut punch
Other punches
Punching tips
About strikes
Knife-hand strikes
Ridge-hand strikes
Back-fist strikes
Bottom-fist strikes
Palm-heel strikes
Claw strikes
Elbow strikes
Forearm strikes
Other strikes
About thrusts
Types of thrusts
About chokes and strangles
Effects of chokes and strangles
Choke and strangle safety
Choke and strangle resuscitation
Choke and strangle techniques
Choke and strangle defense
About falling
Falling safety
Front fall
Back fall
Side fall
Front rolling fall
Flip fall
About grappling
About releases
About throws
About sweeps
About holds
About gripping
About locks and bars
About pressure points
What are patterns?
Why study patterns?
Pattern development
History of patterns
Pattern usefulness
Pattern sets
Stages of pattern training
Differences
Meaning of closed fist
Learning process
Standards
Considerations
Mental or physical?
Speed changes
Power of pause
Punctuation
Stomping
Tips
Perfection
Judging
ITF pattern set
Chon-ji
Dan-gun
Do-san
Won-hyo
Yul-gok
Joong-gun
Toi-gye
Hwa-rang
Choong-mu
Kwang-gae
Po-eun
Gae-baek
Eui-am
Choong-jang
Juche
Ko-dang
Sam-il
Yu-sin
Choi-yong
Yon-gae
Ul-ji
Moon-moo
So-san
Se-jong
Tong-il
WT pattern set
ATA pattern set
TA pattern sets
No arms pattern set
Ki-bon
About sparring
Sources
Evolution of sparring
In the beginning
Counting Coop
Pierre de Coubertin
Jigero Kano
Gichin Funakoshi
Taekwondo sparring
Ways sparring is used
Point vs. continuous sparring
New vs.traditional kicking techniques
New sparring strategies
Continuous sparring considerations
Evolution continues
Sparring equipment
Sparring helmets
Sparring protective equipment
Safety fosters danger in sparring
Types of sparring
Types of sparring
Step-sparring
Free-sparring
What is free-sparring?
Types of free-sparring
Point-sparring
No-contact vs. full-contact sparring
Senior citizen sparring
Awareness
Right mind
Mental fitness
Performing under pressure
Get into the zone
Getting hit
Dealing with anxiety
Dealing with mistakes
Being a better fighter
No mercy
Pilsung
Sparring strategies
Ancient stratagems
Some sparring strategies
Develop a sparring strategy
Watch and learn
Time management
Opportunity
Aiuchi
Sparring tactics
Range
Movement
Controlling the ring
Attacking
Combinations
Counterattacking
Avoiding punches
Clinching
Backpedaling
Acting
Deceiving
Drawing
Feinting and faking
Cutting off
Entering the void
Bridging the gap
Rushing
Blitzing
Leading ducks
Flinching
Use vision
Look Beyond
Speed
Centerline
Slaphappy
Red or blue
Quality of techniques
Sparring stances
Hands up
Which lead is best?
Lefties rule
Open or closed position
Sparring punches
Sparring kicks
When to fire
Follow-through
Counterattacks are quicker
Sparring tips
More sparring tips

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