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MARTIAL ARTS



      General information

         Fighting

         About the term "martial arts"

         What is a martial art?

         What makes a martial art an art?

         Categories of martial arts

         Types of martial arts

         Why study a martial art?

         Mas Oyama on the martial arts

         Physical or mental

         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


      Styles


         System vs. style

         Some systems

         Defending your style

         Apples and oranges

         Does it float?

         Brand loyalty

         Getting personal

         Deadly arts

         Is boxing a martial art?


         Styles list


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      Fraud


        Recognizing


              What is fraud?

              What is martial arts fraud?

              Organizations

              Certificate mills

              Pseudo-masters

              Sokes

              Ostentatious behavior

              Urban legends

              Stunts exposed

              ROCK


        Methods


              Super salespeople

              Pseudoscience

              Anecdotal evidence

              Placebo effect

              Selective perception

              Faulty memory

              Herd behavior

              Mind games

              Strange sensations


        Detecting


          Methods


              The truth

              Scientific method

              Deductive arguments

              Use logic

              Detecting fallacies

              Be aware of errors

              Lie detection

              Lies you hear


          Verification


              Accreditation

              Military service claims

              Military separation codes

              Military reenlistment codes


        Avoiding


              Don't be a victim

              Stop and think

              Avoidance

              Poisonous tree

              Bottom line

              Test yourself


      Research


              Techniques

              Training

              Competition

              Health

              Equipment

              Injuries

              Benefits


      Quotations


              Set 1

              Set 2

              Set 3

              Set 4

              Set 5

              Set 6

              Set 7

              Set 8

              Set 9

              Set 10

             


   TAEKWONDO


      Information about taekwondo


         About


            What it IS NOT

            What it IS

            Misconceptions

            Karate vs taekwondo

            Sport vs traditional

            Things learned

            Things you do in class


        Benefits


            Benefits

            Children

            Ethics

            Stress reduction

            Philosophical aspects

            Psychological aspects


        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

            Sources


        Korean culture


            Korean seal

            Korean emblem

            Korean national flower

            Korean national celebrations

            Korean individual celebrations

            Korean holidays

            Korean calendar

            Korean relationships

            Korean astrology


        Terminology


            Terms

            Translators

             



ORGANIZATIONS


   ORGANIZATIONS


      About organizations

      Power corrupts

             



SCHOOLS


   SCHOOLS


      Facility


         Training area

         Floor covering

         Mirrors


      Flags


        American flag


           History

           Timeline

           Meaning

           Code

           Special display

           Pledge

           Anthem

           Folding

           Sources


        South Korean flag


           Origin

           Meaning

           Pledge

           Anthem

           Sources


        Other flags


           Olympic

           AAU


   OWNERS


      Ownership


         Should I own

         Things to consider

         Business structure

         Should I incorporate

         Business plan

         Planning


      Marketing


         What is marketing

         Marketing tips

         Prospects

         Attracting adults

         Customers

         Being different

         Demonstrations

         Black belt coin


      Problems

         Reprimands

         Misbehavior

         Complaints

         Lawsuits


      Management


         Total Quality Management

         Pareto Principle

         Boyd's Decision Cycle


      Leadership


         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


   INSTRUCTORS


      Instructor issues


         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


      Student issues


        Types of students

        Too young? Too old?

        Student motivation

        Teamwork

        Self-esteem

        Group effect

        Student burnout

        Inattention

        Helping students cope

        Music while training


      Instructing techniques


        Traditional teaching style

        Teaching methods

        Easing the stress of speaking

        Commanding voice

        Self-assessment

        Chunking

        Instructing tips

        Parables

        Analogies

        Training drills


   STUDENTS


      Finding a school


        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


      Getting started


        First class

        Things instructors want you to know

        Beginner tips

        Fitting in

        Servitude

        Loyalty

        Dealing with winning

        Dealing with losing

        Student-instructor relationship

        Secrets to being a good student

        How to fail

        Whiners

        Don't fool yourself


      First classes


        Terminology

        Procedures

        Techniques

        More techniques


      Documents


        Waiver of liability

        Permission for medical treatment

        Contracts

        Sample ripoff contract

        School requirements

        Club constitution

        Club bylaws


      Class procedures


        Class protocol

        Class etiquette

        Bowing

        Yes sir! No ma'am!

        Class session

        Student pledge

        Student tenets

        Student oath

        Student creed

        Code of conduct

        Other guiding principles

        Counting


      Achieving your best


        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


      Learning


        Knowledge is power

        Steps to learning

        Distance learning

        Playing your cards

        The unfettered mind

        Desiderata

             

 


RANK AND APPAREL

   

   RANK AND APPAREL


      Rank


        About rank

        Peter Principle

        Meaningfulness of ranks and belts


      Uniforms


        The uniform

        Care of the uniform

        History of the uniform

        Why white?

        The modern uniform


      Belts


        About belts

        Belt system

        Belt history

        Belt symbolism

             



TRAINING CURRICULUM 


   TECHNIQUES


      About techniques


        Development

        Usage

        Terminology

        Performance

        Variations

        Contact points

        More information


      Concepts


        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


      Stances


        About


           About stances

           Posture

           Leg tension

           Resting positions


        Stances


            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


      Movement


        Concepts


            Stability

            Coordination

            Hand-foot-hip timing

            Reflexes

            Don't be jerky


        Techniques


            Footwork

            Shifting

            Stepping

            Pivoting

            Lunging

            Spinning

            Jumping

            Jumping and spinning


      Power


          Force


            About force

            Application of force


          Power


              Physics of power

              Flow of power

              Measured power

              Maximum power

              More about power


          Scores 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


      Breathing


        About breathing

         Importance of proper breathing

         Deep breathing

         Pattern breathing

          Stillness


      Blocks


        About blocks

         Physics of blocking

         Blocking effectiveness

         Guard

         Types of blocks

         Single versus double bone blocks

         Blocking techniques

         Jamming

         Block and counterattack


      Attacks


         Methods of delivery

         Arm attacks

         Leg attacks

         Head butts


      Kicks


         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
            Flying jump kicks

            Twist kicks

            Knee kicks

            Shin kicks

            Ground kicks

            Other kicks


      Punches


         About punches


            About punches

            Punch-strike-thrust

            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


      Strikes


         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


      Thrusts


         About thrusts

         Types of thrusts


      Chokes and strangles


         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


      Falling


         About falling

         Falling safety

         Front fall

         Back fall

         Side fall

         Front rolling fall

         Flip fall


      Grappling


        About grappling


      Releases


        About releases


      Throws


        About throws


      Sweeps


         About sweeps


      Holds


         About holds


      Gripping


        About gripping


      Locks and bars


        About locks and bars


      Pressure points


        About pressure points


  

   PATTERNS


      Fundamentals


          What are patterns?

          Why study patterns?

          Pattern development

          History of patterns

          Pattern usefulness

          Pattern sets

          Stages of pattern training

          Differences

          Meaning of closed fist


      Performance


          Learning process

          Standards

          Considerations

          Mental or physical?

          Speed changes

          Power of pause

          Punctuation

          Stomping

          Tips

          Perfection

          Judging


      Pattern sets


          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


          Other pattern sets


             WT pattern set

             ATA pattern set

             TA pattern sets

             No arms pattern set

             Ki-bon


   SPARRING


      Fundamentals


          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


      Attitude


          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


      Strategies


          Sparring strategies

          Ancient stratagems

          Some sparring strategies

          Develop a sparring strategy

          Watch and learn

          Time management

          Opportunity

          Aiuchi


      Tactics


          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


      Techniques


          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


      Tips


          Sparring tips

          More sparring tips


    TRAINING


       Fundamentals


           About training

           Why train?

           Training research

           Ten physical skills

           Components of fitness

           Laws of training

           Warnings

           Morning training

           Evening training

           Energy usage

           Energy conservation

            Train your brain

           Mistakes in training

           Training tips

           Trainer tips

           Training secret

           Cross-training

           Burnout

           Strength factors

           Strength and age

           Body types

           Performance factors

           HRmax

           Components of fitness

           Create self-change

           Fine-tuning

           Sheep or wolf?

           Odds and ends


       Equipment


           Exercise equipment

           Home gym

           DIY suspension straps

           Using a body shield safely

           Hand wraps


       Techniques


           Warm-up

           Cool-down

           Visualization and guided imagery

           Navy Physical Readiness Test

           Heavy bag training

           Shadowboxing

           Coordination test

           Abdominal muscles

            FITT factors

           MICT-HIIT-SIT

           Wave run

           Tabata method

           SAID

           Quick draw


       Exercise


           Principles of exercise

           Exercise and weight control

           Women and exercise

            Exercises to avoid

           Specific exercises

           Stretching and flexibility

           Plyometrics

           Exercises for better jumping

           Training drills

           Push-ups


       Health


           First aid

           Self aid

           Body fat index (BMI)

           Dehydration

           Lactic acid

           Soreness

           Asthma

           Steroids

           Infectious diseases

            Sparring injuries

           Pain

           Cumulative trauma

           Knockouts


   BREAKING


       About breaking


          What is breaking?

          Why break?

          Why so few injuries?

          Mechanics of breaking

          Wolf's Law

          Forging

          Body parts used for breaking

          Types of breaking

          Types of breaks


       How to break


          Fundamentals of breaking

          Types of breaking materials

          Breaking wood

          Un-spaced vs. spaced breaking

          Performing a break

          Cheating in breaking


    COMPETITION


       Fundamentals


           About competitions

           Competition events


       Preparation


           Preparing for a competition

           Competition aggression


    TESTING


        About testing

        Self assessment

        Test preparation

        Taking a test



BECOMING A WARRIOR


    WARRIOR

      
        What is a warrior?
        Sheep, wolf, or sheepdog
        Warrior mindset
        Warrior spirit
        Warrior temperament

    TOUGHNESS

        Being tough
        Mental toughness
        Getting tough
        Staying tough

    PROTECT AND DEFEND

        Protect and defend
        Complacency
        Strategies and tactics
        Are you safe?

    COMBAT

      Disputes

          Anger

             About anger
             Effects of anger
             Anger management
             Controlling anger

          Confrontation 

             Confrontation 
             Communicating with the irrational
             Anatomy of a confrontation
             Confrontation progression
             Prepare for confrontation
             Responding to confrontation

      Mental aspects

          Awareness 
          Developing awareness
          Choosing a urinal
          Instincts
          Gut feeling
          Human predators
          Fear of predators
          Self-reliance
          Win, Not lose
          Fear of killing
          Killer instinct
          Binary training
          First strike
          Fudoshin
          Forty-seven Ronin 

      Physical aspects

          Vital areas
          Effects of blows
          Effects of spinal injury
          Lick your wounds

      Fighting aspects

          About combat
          Types of personal combat
          Factors of personal combat
          Principles of personal combat
          Levels of personal combat
          Personal combat by the letter
          Lessons learned from combat
          Clausewitz on combat
          The Art of War
          Thirty-six Stratagems

      Personal combat

          Fights
          Anatomy of a fight
          How to fight
          Fighting dirty
          Fighting frenzy
          Cat fight 
          Tips on fighting

      Sources

          Combat sources 

    SELF-DEFENSE

      Mental aspects

          Avoiding trouble
          Threat assessment
          Professional victims
          Victim selection
          Window of opportunity
          Self-defense responses
          Facing a self-defense situation
          Manufactured and irrational fear
          Trigger behaviors
          Non-verbal information
          Non-verbal indicators
          Detecting lies
          Posturing
          Non-aggressive behavior
          Defusing confrontations
          Verbal self-defense
          Socrates on self-defense
          Self-defense in the bible
          Famous self-defense quotations

      Physical aspects

          Heart rate and self-defense
          Effects of age
          Tunnel vision
          Tachypsychia

      Legal aspects

          Criminal law
          Civil law
          Laws of self-defense
          Criminal behavior
          About criminals
          Criminal mind
          Criminological theories
          More criminological theories
          Convenience theory
          Bullies

      Techniques

          About self-defense
          What now?
          Methods of self-defense
          Types of self-defense
          Building fences
          Training versus reality
          Options for action
          Train realistically
          About self-defense techniques
          Self-defense phases
          Self-defense against armed attacker
          Old navy self-defense tactics
          Self-defense tips
          KISS
          Groin attacks
          Dressing for combat
          Multiple attackers
          Quick read
          Damage control
          Unexpected attacks
          Too quick
          Concealment and cover
          Berserkers
          Bad advice
          Bad self-defense techniques
          Best for self-defense
          Will it work?
          Dealing with the aftermath

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