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My Unconventional Path to Learning Taekwondo

I took my first Taekwondo class in college along with a SCUBA certification course and a class about how to appreciate jazz music. I was nearing the end of my degree and I was also considering a change of major. That semester at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, I took classes that struck me […]

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Kung Fu Class vs. Barnes and Noble

When Lydian was about 5 years old, we were living in Bird City, Kansas, teaching taekwondo, and commuting weekly up to Nederland, Colorado, a small community in the mountains. The drive from Nederland to Boulder, Colorado was only about 30 minutes so we took the opportunity to enroll in some classes. Lydian took gymnastics and […]

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The Crazy Bird People at Spring Hill Canyon

I’m not sure why, but a lot of in-your-face martial artists are a little bit crazy. I mean, the garden-variety martial artist is usually just as normal as any other person on the street, but crazy martial artists abound and because they tend to really showcase their “skills”, a lot of other people feel compelled […]

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What Would You Do, If You Knew a Martial Art?

A few years ago, my family traveled to Fez, Morocco and stayed in a house located in the meandering streets of the old medina. John is a human compass and he rarely gets lost, but even this environment was challenging to him. Needless to say, he took the lead since we could only walk single-file. […]

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What’s the Point of Taekwondo Patterns?

When I first started practicing martial arts in Lincoln, Nebraska at the University, I did not understand the purpose of the forms. In fact, I really didn’t understand any of it. I had taken taekwondo during a semester off while I was trying to get my poop in a group and it was more of […]

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Where Mom Went Wrong with Weight Loss

She was always on a diet. And yet, she was also always overweight. She didn’t change her lifestyle, she’d simply restrict her calories for a few weeks, drop a few pounds, and then go right back to her bad habits. But besides food, which is a complicated and convoluted problem in the United States (trans […]

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Why You Should Choose Martial Arts to Lose Weight

I’m a marathon runner. I like long distances over short distances and I get something out of long, intrepid runs that last for hours. But not everyone likes the monotony of jogging. Indeed, it’s not the kind of exercise routine that takes a lot of “skill” per se. I mean, there is an art to […]

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Doing Family Martial Arts Classes Online

Living in small, rural towns throughout the United States, we’ve often had to get creative to find dance or gymnastics classes for our daughter. When she was four years old, we traveled back and forth from Bird City, Kansas to Nederland, Colorado so that she could take gymnastics classes in Boulder every week. There just […]

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