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Exploring Body Subtleties

Recently, while strolling through New York’s Central Park with Totally TKD magazine’s esteemed editor, his daughter, and frequent contributor Master Vitale, I went on my usual rant concerning the loss of subtlety in the arts these days. it occurred to me that I...

Tong-Milgi the opening of Koryo

Tong-Miigi by Richard Conceicao          The hand position that is the beginning of Koryo poomse is described in many ways, ranging from a Chi Kung energy concentration to the more fanciful “gazing at the sun”. In this discussion I would like to propose an...

reality and ritual

Reality & Ritual By Richard Conceicao One day among a group of TKD students, I had the opportunity to train with a law enforcement instructor in some basic control techniques. It was fun to go over things that I haven’t done in years. The hard part was...

koryo’s hidden “side kick” throw

By Richard Conceicao, 6thDan In Koryo there is a pair of extended arm sidekicks followed immediately by a turn and a low strike.These are commonly viewed as two separate techniques to be directed at adversaries approaching from two different directions I have never...

THE MOTION OF A MIDDLE BLOCK PART II

THE MOTION OF A MIDDLE BLOCK PART II By Richard Conceicao   ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND CONCEPTS: A movement pattern can encompass many uses—“a middle block is not only a middle block”. Once you get away from limiting term “block” and just concern yourself with the movement...

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